According to Matthew 12:30, if we’re not for Jesus, we’re against Him. But according to Mark 9:40, if we’re not against Him, we’re for Him. And according to Matthew 7:21-23, even if we say we’re for Him and do miracles in His name, He could declare on the last day that He never knew us and send us away from His presence.
Dazed and confused (and scared) yet?
Therefore, I investigated Matthew 7 by ‘searching it up on the Internet’ as my kids are fond of saying, and it might not be as scary as it seems.
There seems to be agreement that Jesus’ criticism here is aimed at opportunistic faux Christians – people who pretend to follow Jesus for their own purposes (not necessarily people for whom the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak). This passage is from the Sermon on the Mount, and it follows closely on the heels of a serious warning about false prophets, don’t forget.
In this day and age, there’s very little to be gained by pretending to be a Christian. You’re more likely to be politely ostracized for your faith these days than your lack of it. So maybe we have less to fear from this passage nowadays than previous generations did.
But, Baldy, how often does a passage of Scripture really only have one application?
Harrumph. OK, let’s dig a little deeper.
Peace be with you.