What Is the Meaning of Not Everyone That Says to Me Lord Lord Will Enter the Kingdom of Heaven?
Matthew 7:21 “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. (NIV)
What is the Lord Jesus Christ saying here? Some think that Christ is talking about a Christian's obedience, commitment, or motive. Well, it is true that we should always check the motive and intentions we have when we do things for Christ, but this is not the intent of this verse.
Also, if you really love Christ and are fully committed to Him, you will aim to live the right kind of life. You will find out and do His will. You will consider what pleases Him. But this is not the meaning of the verse.
Matthew 7:21-23 in context
Matthew 7:21-23 (NET). Here is the passage then next up are truths and applications to consider.
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’[ab] will enter into the kingdom of heaven—only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 22 On that day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many powerful deeds in your name?’[ac] 23 Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Go away from me, you lawbreakers!’
Truths from Matthew 7:21-23
- There are people who call themselves Christians and followers of God, but they are not.
- Some look like they're doing God's Work or living the Christian life, but they are not authentic Christians. They are not ministers of God.
- Some prophesy in the name of God, but they are false prophets. They are not authentic Christians.
- Some can cast out demons seemingly under the power of God, but they are actually only deceiving people. This means that whatever power they seem to summon or command, it is demonic in nature.
- Some sincerely think they are a child of God, saved, or a Christian. But they are not.
- Some sincerely think they are doing God's work, but they are not.
Applications from Matthew 7:21-23
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but testthe spiritsto determine ifthey are from God, because many false prophetshave gone out intothe world.
Evil spirits can mimic and deceive people. They can fool you and make you think that they are being cast out by a false prophet or a plain deceiver.
Remember when Moses and Aaron came to Pharaoh? He asked for a sign that they are of God. Aaron threw his staff down and it turned into a snake in front of Paraoh. Paraoh's magicians and sorcerers also did the same. But God authenticated Himself and His servants by making Aaron's staff swallow all the other staffs of Paraoh's magicians and sorcerers. SeeExodus 7 for the full story.