Matthew 7:21-25
Mat 7:21 (KJB)
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Jesus continues in the thread concerning the false prophets. He had just spoken to the crowd that that they would know them by their fruits. In fact some would even come to the people stating that Jesus is the Christ. (Mat 24:5 KJV) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. These false prophets believe that they are spreading truth and while many of them know they are false, there are many who believe that they are doing the will of God and bringing truth. This is one of the most ominous verses in the New Testament because many people are being snared by false churches and false preachers on radio and TV. A good example of those that will not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven are the Roman Catholics. They believe they are the only true church, yet when you actually study their beliefs, they are as far from the truth as you can get, especially with all the blood they have on their hands of the true Christians.
No one can do the will or purpose of God unless they are born again in Christ and indwelt by the Holy Spirit. Only then can a person live in the truth and bring the truth. (Mat 12:50 KJV) For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. Jesus states in Matthew 12:50, that only those who are saved and born again can do the will of God and Jesus uses the family as a symbol of the Family of God. When a person becomes saved, they are then joined to the family of God. The will of God for the believer on earth is to glorify God and to bear much fruit. (John 15:8 KJV) Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. This cannot happen by ritual or being in a dead church, and that includes both apostate Protestant and Catholic, where there is a void of the true Gospel. (John 6:40 KJV) And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. The will of God is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. If one never hears the gospel because of being in a dead church, then they will never come to salvation but thanks to God for election because the Elect of God will hear the true Gospel and at an appointed time in their life will become saved.
Mat 7:22 (KJB)
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Then right at the Great White Throne these people who were engaged in these false gospels and churches will be arguing with the Lord stating that they prophesied or proclaimed the Gospel in His name. (Psa 50:16-17 KJV) But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? {17} Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee. This group will be comprised of Catholic Priests, Apostate Protestant ministers and those involved in the signs and wonders Gospel. One of the main ministries of both the Roman Catholic Church and the Charismatic movement is the belief that they have the ability to cast out devils. Both partake in Exorcisms and believe they have the power of God to do that but they are blinded and deceived because they do not have the power to do that. The only way a devil is exorcised is by a person becoming truly saved and the devils have to go because they can never dwell in the same body as the Holy Spirit who is the third person of the Triune God. (Mark 5:1-20) Then the many wonderful works that the religionists do such as soup kitchens, charity work, medical, repairing houses, going to disaster sites and things like it will never gain them entrance into Heaven. If a person does these things because they have already become saved, then that is true ministry because it comes after a person is saved since good works can never earn a person’s salvation. Mother Teresa worked among the lepers and poor in India but because she was a member of a false church and made no effort to bring a true Gospel or even to seek it, she now awaits the Judgment and she too will ask the Lord, “have not I done many wonderful works among the poor and outcast in India?”
Mat 7:23 (KJB)
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Then the reality that good works was the greatest deception they fell for has now caused them to be lost for eternity, even though they were fully expecting to be let into Heaven on their merits. (Psa 5:5 KJV) The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity. As many good works that they did, Jesus called their work “iniquity” and Psalm 5:5 states that the Lord hates all workers of iniquity. They will then depart into eternal damnation. This is why it so important to know whether you are truly saved or not. Good works come after salvation because they are prepared by God. (Eph 2:10 KJV) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Those who try to gain salvation by works are either deceived or are arrogant enough to believe they can do better than what Christ did at Calvary. Either way, the result is the same, eternal damnation.
Mat 7:24 (KJB)
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
Heareth - Hears with understanding
(Mat 11:15 KJV) He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Jesus then speaks a parable contrasting the saved and the unsaved. First, in this verse He speaks about a person who is saved. This person will not only hear the words of the Lord but he does them, or acts upon what he knows. The word “heareth” carries with it the meaning of not only physically hearing what Jesus is saying but having the spiritual ears to understand and then act on those words. (Mat 11:15 KJV) He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. The same word is used in Matthew 11:15 for “hear.” It is one that has been saved and given spiritual ears to understand the spiritual things of the Lord. (Psa 94:22 KJV) But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge. This person is likened to one who builds a house upon a rock. The rock being the Lord Jesus Christ Himself because He will be my refuge against Judgment Day since He will have paid for all my sins on Calvary. Any person in Christ is built on the rock.
Mat 7:25 (KJB)
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
Jesus now paints a picture for them of a very strong storm. It is of torrential rains and hurricane like winds. The floods would point to the fact that flooding does take place in Palestine which causes the valleys to be filled and new channels would be created and then everything in its path would be swept away. The storm represents the attacks of Satan against the true believer and no matter what he throws at them, they continue to stand strong in the midst of the storm or trials, just as Job did because Job like every other believer is founded on a rock. It can also represent the false doctrines which can cause an unsaved person to stray by following them. Those who try to gain Heaven by works are snared but the true believer will not be snared by them and thus the storm of deception would not touch them. The believer will not be touched by any evil scenario because they are firmly placed on the foundation of Christ. (1 Cor 3:11 KJV) For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.