Who Will Enter the Kingdom of Heaven?

obedienText: Matthew 7:21-23

Not Everyone Will Enter the Kingdom

  • Jesus stated simply in this sermon that not all will be saved (Matthew 7:21, 13-14)
  • It is not because He does not want all to be saved — He does (John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:9)
  • The fault lies with man

The Role of Faith

  • Jesus is speaking of people who call Him “Lord” — not everyone will believe (Romans 10:16-18, 21); faith is essential for salvation (Hebrews 11:6)
  • But as important as faith is, there is more that is necessary for salvation than that
  • Some believed but wouldn’t confess (John 12:42-43) — no salvation without confession (Romans 10:9-10)
  • Some believe but have no works (James 2:18-20) — no salvation without works (James 2:24)

The Role of Obedience

  • Calling Jesus “Lord” implies more than just a mental acknowledgement of His existence — it implies authority (Matthew 28:18-20); expectation of our submission (Luke 6:46)
  • Obedience is also necessary for salvation (Hebrews 5:9) — faith and works work together (James 2:21-24)

Many Will Do Things in the Name of Christ

  • Claiming to do this does not necessarily mean our actions are divinely approved
  • They prophesied in His name, proclaiming a message that they claimed was from God — many false prophets have gone out into the world (1 John 4:1)
  • They cast out demons in His name, helping others overcome what was plaguing them — to remove a problem & not fill the spot with the truth of Christ invites a bigger problem (Matthew 12:43-45)
  • They performed miracles in His name, doing great works that would amaze and excite people — miracles don’t produce faith (Luke 10:13), only the word does (Romans 10:17); focus on the word (Acts 17:2-3), not amazing & exciting the crowds

Many Will Be Told to Depart

  • Why? … They’re practicing lawlessness
  • Many today would believe these people were saved — they believed in Jesus & did works in His name
  • But the works they were doing were not according to the will of God
  • If we want to be saved, we must follow the Lord in faithful obedience

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