REJECTED FOR DOING GOOD WORKS?

The will of the Father

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’  Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!  Matthew 7: 21-23

I was reading this verse the other day when it occurred to me that Jesus is talking about believers who have accepted Him as Lord, believed His message, accepted the redemption of the Cross, and  received the “Gifts of the Holy Spirit.” ie. prophesy in His Name,  in His Name, and performing miracles in His Name. These are believers who are diligently trying to live  their lives in obedience according to Jesus’ directive.
Believers who are doing good works of Faith in the name of Jesus,  bearing fruit, and yet, are still in Jeopardy of having Jesus deny knowing them, calling  them evildoers? Why?

A Possible Clue
Jesus said ” “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment, And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”… Matt 22:37-40
 …..”But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,peace, patience, kindness, goodness,faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no Law.…(Galatians 5:22-23)
 

Another  Clue

 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant  or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;  it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

 Love never ends……………….(1 Corinthians 13: 1-8)
Tying It All Together
 In the first 2 verses of 1 Cor 13;  Apostle Paul talks about having and exercising  some of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, but without LOVE,  Paul says he is nothing.  Notice the similarity between these gifts, and the ones that Jesus mentions in Matthew 7:21?
All of these Gifts come from the Holy Spirit, and are given to people who accept, and believe in Jesus Christ, secondly, This also means that the Lord is with these believers hence the success of these “good works.”
Yet, He says He will deny knowing them for not doing the will of the Father.

What is the will of the Father?  It is LOVE.

Love towards the FATHER first, Neighbor second. (loving yourself is in this verse too), the Law and the Prophets stand on this.

1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 tells us  LOVE is; Patient, Kind, does not Envy or boast (is humble)…..etc. These are the same as the Fruit of the Holy Spirit.
In fact,  I believe  that LOVE is the “Seed” from which the 9 Fruit of the Holy Spirit are produced. Why? Because GOD The CREATOR Himself Is LOVE. 
We are “nothing”, without LOVE!
 
Conclusion
 
A Believer, a Follower of Jesus Christ can exercise the Gifts of the Holy Spirit apart from bearing the Fruit of the Holy Spirit with success initially, and yet still be rejected by Jesus Christ when He returns, because they are not doing the Will of the Father which is; Having, Showing, and Sharing the LOVE of GOD.
We must be Balanced in exercising both,  the GIFTS, and bearing the FRUIT of the HOLY SPIRIT in Tandem, and the Root, and Heart of these 2,  Is LOVE!
What a horrible fate for one to  suffer if the LORD says; “AWAY FROM ME EVILDOER, I DON’T KNOW YOU!”

 

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