Example from Matthew
Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’Matthew 7:23
The Book of Matthew, as the first Gospel in the New Testament, unfolds profound teachings, and among them is Matthew 7:23, where Jesus declares, “Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'” Delving into this verse prompts a question that echoes in many hearts: Won’t all people ultimately go to Heaven? This seemingly innocent inquiry sparks a journey to understand what God’s Word reveals and how we should respond when faced with this complex theological question.
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As we explore this verse, its gravity becomes palpable, creating a sense of awe and reverence. Jesus, in His plain language, draws attention to a critical truth—there are individuals who believe they are destined for heaven, yet the harsh reality is that they will find themselves on the outside looking in when their time comes. This realization forces contemplation, particularly for those who lean on the notion that being nice, moral, and law-abiding earns them a place in heaven based on their earthly behaviors. The shock in Jesus’ statement, “I never knew you,” underscores the severity of the situation. Imagine the Sovereign King of the Universe personally declaring unfamiliarity—it’s a sobering reality that can be both chilling and motivating.
Thankfully, Jesus provides guidance on how to avoid such a fate, starting with a simple yet profound command: “do the will of my Father.” In its simplest form, this implies surrendering to Him and being obedient to the Holy Spirit. This transformative surrender redefines our path, enabling us to walk with Him and bear fruit—a cyclical journey that shapes our spiritual life. It’s crucial to understand that our efforts, devoid of the Holy Spirit, fall short. Works, while not inherently bad, become futile when detached from the guiding presence of the Holy Spirit. The danger lies in doing good with the misconception that it alone earns our way to salvation—a trap many unwittingly fall into.
The ultimate truth revealed in Matthew 7:23 is profound. Refusing salvation leads to eternal separation from God—an incomprehensible concept in its vastness. While we may struggle to grasp eternity, the assurance remains that even a second without God is too long, making the idea of eternal separation agonizing. The pivotal question arises: How can one ensure they do not face this eternal separation? The answer lies in surrendering to the Lordship of Jesus, repenting, being baptized, and obediently following His commands. The road is narrow, challenging, but with the hope that, at the end of the day, we hear the words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
Returning to the initial question—will all people go to Heaven—the harsh reality is no. However, the Good News of the Gospel is extended to all who receive and believe. In moments of doubt, reflect on these verses and remember that you are a beloved Son and Daughter of the King. Today, dedicate yourself to pointing others to Him, ensuring they too will enter into glory.