Jesus Christ’s Teachings on Heaven
Today we look at Jesus Christ’s teachings on heaven. What does Jesus say about entering into heaven? Who will enter heaven?
Matthew 7:21-23, “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. 22 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?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
My footnotes from commentaries say the following about the above teachings of Jesus on heaven:
“This is the third warning from Jesus, directed at those who claim to be part of Jesus’ community but who are not. Jesus is the one who makes the final decision about a person’s eternal destiny. No one is allowed admission to the Kingdom of Heaven based on good deeds he has performed, no matter how spectacular.”
“Christ here shows that it will not be enough to own him for our Master, only in word and tongue. It is necessary to our happiness that we believe in Christ, that we repent of our sin, that we live a holy life, that we love one another. This is his will, even our own sanctification.
Let us take heed in resting in outward privileges and doings, lest we deceive ourselves, and perish eternally, as multitudes do, with a lie in our right hand.”
“Let every one that names the name of Christ, depart from all sin.”
I never knew you
I don’t know about you, but I don’t ever want to hear Jesus say those words to me – “I never knew you.”
I’m looking for something more like, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
What about you?