Does Christ Know You?

Preached to the Saints at Riverview Baptist on February 19, 2017
at 798 Santa Fe Pike, Columbia, TN 38401


Matthew 7:21-23 (KJV)   Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.   [22]   Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?   [23]   And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

nnyThere is a strange spirit in our world today. Perhaps this spirit has always been there. I see it in the riots following our 2016 election. It is odd, because those rioting and bashing store widows are doing what they are doing, they say, to combat hate.

But they are hating.

The Spirit I see manifested today is a spirit of confusion. We need, now more than ever, Jesus Christ. We need to learn of Him, and we need to focus on worshiping Him.

God calls His Church to come together in full and wholehearted worship of Christ!

God called out to His people in Amos saying …

Amos 3:3 (KJV)  Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

Jesus calls His people to walk in the Spirit which means to follow Him.

Salvation is to follow Jesus.
Salvation is to love Jesus above all else.
Salvation is to not just call Him Lord, but follow Him as Lord.

When you follow Jesus – to paraphrase Adrian Rogers – “you won’t be down a dark alley eating tin cans with the devil’s billy goats.” The only way to KNOW Jesus is to walk with Him, to follow Him. Jesus said:

Matthew 7:21 (KJV)   Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN;

SAYING To Jesus “Lord, Lord” Is A Good Thing But It Is NOT A SAVING Thing

Jesus is Lord. It is a good thing to recognize Him as Lord. Jesus was BORN TO BE LORD of all. The angel of God said:

Luke 2:11 (KJV)  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is CHRIST THE LORD.

Jesus is the OVERCOMING LORD. Revelation 17:14 (KJV)  These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

Jesus Christ is the ONLY LORD that the Father acknowledges, the Lord Who will be worshiped.

Philippians 2:6-11 (KJV){Jesus Christ}, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  [7]  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  [8]  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  [9]  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  [10]  That AT THE NAME OF JESUS EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  [11]  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Jesus is Lord. 1 Corinthians 8:6 (KJV)  But to us there is BUT ONE GOD, THE FATHER, of whom are all things, and we in him; and ONE LORD JESUS CHRIST, by whom are all things, and we by him.

Jesus Christ is Lord. He is the Lord to Whom the blind cried out

(Matthew 20:30) “Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David!”

Jesus commanded they see, and they saw.

Jesus is the Lord Who stood with Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration, when Peter said “Let us build three altars, one for Moses, Elijah, and You”. He is the Lord of Whom God the Father said from Heaven …

(Matthew 17:5) “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.”

Jesus is the Lord that the poor leper saw, who cast himself before Jesus saying …

Luke 5:12 “Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.”

He is Lord when the woman taken in the midst of adultery is cast before Him and her accusers depart, Jesus asks her “Who now accuses you?” She replies …

John 8:11 “No man, Lord”.

And Jesus said unto her, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more”.

Jesus is the Lord Who coming to Martha’s home following Lazarus’ death wept, then prayed …

John 11:43 “Lazarus come forth”!

… and death was conquered with His Word. Lazarus lived! Christ is Lord over death.

Jesus is the Lord Who hung on the Cross dying, to whom one of the thieves said …

Luke 23:42 “Lord, remember me when Thou comest into Thy Kingdom.”

… and Jesus promised “today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

He is Lord. He IS Lord. Jesus Christ is the Lord of Lords Who cried out:

John 19:30“It is finished”

… and was buried in a borrowed tomb.

He is the Lord Who rose from the dead on the Third Day just as He said.

Luke 18:32-33 (KJV)   For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on:   [33]   And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.

He is Lord. You are saved by your profession of Him as Lord. The Bible declares:

Romans 10:9-11 (ESV) …. if you confess with your mouth that JESUS IS LORD and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  [10]  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.  [11]  For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”

When these of whom Jesus spoke called Him “Lord, Lord” they were doing a good thing. They called on Him not once, but twice. They said

Lord …. Lord

But they were not saved. Why? Because the Holy Spirit had not come upon them. Their cry was disingenuous, fake. The lips did not match the heart.

With The Saved, The Lips And The Hands Are Synchronized

Matthew 7:21 (KJV)   Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; BUT he that DOETH THE WILL OF MY FATHER which is in heaven.

You can call Jesus “Lord” but if you are not doing the will of the Father then He is NOT Lord to you. What is the Will of the Father which is in Heaven? It is what the Disciples were told on the Mount of Transfiguration.

This Is My Beloved Son – Hear Him!
Don’t just HEAR then walk away, but DO what Jesus says do.
Too many HEAR, PROFESS, then WALK AWAY.
Jesus is fire insurance.
Jesus is a hobby.
Jesus is a Facebook Friend.
Jesus is a pet to occupy our spare time.
But in action JESUS IS NOT LORD.
Jesus spoke of GIVING and how we are to GIVE, to glorify God.
This is what we must do.
Jesus spoke of PRAYING and how we are to PRAY, to glorify God.
This is what we must do.

You cannot do YOUR will and ignore the WILL OF GOD and expect to be blessed. You must DO THE WILL OF OUR FATHER which is in Heaven. We are to HEAR and DO.

Matthew 7:12 (KJV)   Therefore ALL THINGS whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

Jesus gave us the Golden Rule of Love. This is God’s Law in both Testaments. We are told in:

Leviticus 19:18 (NKJV) You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF: I am the Lord.

The Jews saw “loving your neighbor” in the framework of loving other JEWS. Jesus told us to “love our neighbor as ourselves”. A Jew asked Jesus one day,

Who is my neighbor?”

The Bible says that He did this “willing to justify himself”. So Jesus told a parable.

Luke 10:30-37 (KJV) …. A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.   [31]   And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.   [32]   And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.   [33]   But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,   [34]   And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.   [35]   And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.   [36]   Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves?   [37]  And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

Your neighbor is not just other Jews, other Christians, but EVERYONE. God does good to EVERYONE, so we are to do good to EVERYONE. We are to follow Jesus. We are to do as Jesus did. We are to love as Jesus loved. We are to hate the things that Jesus hates. Jesus said:

Matthew 7:13-14 (KJV)   Enter ye in at the STRAIT gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:   [14]   Because STRAIT is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

The word translated “Strait” is the Greek στενός stenos which means “narrow”. The world ands the worldling takes the WIDE way, but the follower of Christ takes the NARROW path, directly behind Jesus. We do not walk ahead of Jesus, we do not walk away from Jesus, but we walk WITH Jesus. He is Lord, and as Lord directs our steps.

These people who said “Lord, Lord” were not saved though outwardly they appeared to be so. Jesus said:

Matthew 7:15-20 (KJV)   BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.   [16]   Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?   [17]   Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.   [18]   A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.   [19]   Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.   [20]   Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

What is the fruit of their lives? Regardless as to what they say, what are they DOING? What is their PRODUCE? Are they bringing forth good fruit or evil fruit? A good tree brings forth good fruit, but an evil tree brings forth evil fruit. I cannot read your mind, nor see your heart, but I can see your hand.

The Produce Of The Christian Is CHRIST

If you belong to Jesus you love Jesus. You do not just SPEAK, but DO. There are many who “prophecy in His Name” but do not DO.

Are we doing love?
Are we bound to Christ as the branch is to the Vine?

If so, the Holy Spirit flows through the whole, and the Holy Spirit cannot produce evil fruit. If bound to Christ you will produce:

Galatians 5:22-26 (KJV)  … the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  [23]  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  [24]  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  [25]  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  [26]  Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Oh God save us from preachers who are not saved! Oh God, save us from the spirit of Ecumenism, an evil spirit of our age. The evil tree produces from the flesh …. and

Galatians 5:19-21 (KJV)  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  [20]  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  [21]  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Those who live according to the flesh will not be saved on judgment day. Judgment Day is coming.

Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me IN THAT DAY, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

IN THAT DAY is a reference to Judgment Day. IN THAT DAY these poor lost souls will stand before a Great White Throne, not before the Judgment Seat of Christ. They will stand before The King of Kings and Lord of Lords and justify themselves:

Have we not prophesied in Thy Name?
We taught Sunday School.
We preached before hundreds, no, thousands.
We represented You Jesus!

And in Thy Name have cast out devils?
We went out and, using Your Name, saw possessed people relieved.
We did the Benny Hinn cure on them, and they are clean.

But Jesus told them when the Seventy returned:

Luke 10:20 (ESV) Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but REJOICE THAT YOUR NAMES ARE WRITTEN IN HEAVEN.

The greatest thing is not that the evil spirits are subject to the Name of Christ, for Jesus’ namer has power. But we should rejoice in knowing that our Names are written in Heaven’s Roll Book. We should rejoice in that Jesus knows our names, that we have surrendered our lives to Him, that He is not just Lord in our mouths but Lord of our hands as well.

And in Thy Name have done many wonderful things?
The Mormon Tabernacle is one of the most magnificent structures on earth.
There are Cathedrals all over Europe that are tremendous works of art.
Michelangelo’s painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is unparalleled.
And Westminster Abbey has long been the place where royalty is ordained.

But Does Jesus Know ME?

Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I NEVER KNEW YOU: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Are there four sadder words in the English language? I never knew you. You had an opportunity to know Jesus, to lay your life down at His feet, to surrender to Him, but you would not. Rather than lower yourself and admit that you are a sinner in need of a savior you became religious.

You prophesied, but did not pray.
You did not seek Christ’s face.
You attended to marvels, but not to essentials.

And because of this, they found out their error in the worst way. I think on that Great Day, that Judgment Day, that Jesus will weep tears for those who never knew Him. They thought they knew Jesus but Jesus did not know them. They are like the man who had an autographed copy of Ronald Reagan hanging on his office wall. “Did you know Reagan?” one asked him. “Why yes, I knew him, but he never knew me”.

Knowing Jesus means to follow Him, to kneel at His feet,
to hear His Word then to GET UP AND DO what He said.

Knowing Jesus means to live a committed life to Him, even when bad times come. Jesus Christ should be the most important Person in your life if you are saved of Him. The Apostle said:

1 Corinthians 2:2 (KJV)  For I determined not to know any thing among you, SAVE JESUS CHRIST, AND HIM CRUCIFIED.

and

Philippians 3:7-11 (KJV)  But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.  [8]  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,  [9]  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:  [10]  That I MAY KNOW HIM, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;  [11]  If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

Jesus calls a people to Himself not just to SAY that He is Lord, but to DO what He says. Jesus said “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15). Jesus said “All who love Me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with them” (John 14:23).

Our PROFESSION must match our ACTIONS, otherwise we may not be saved.

I have had so many professing Christians come to me whose lives are falling apart. I end with these words of Christ:

Matthew 7:24-27 (KJV)   Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:   [25]   And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.   [26]   And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:   [27]   And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Storms will come to every life, righteous or unrighteous, saved or unsaved. But those focused on Christ will stand through the storms of life. If you know Jesus, and Jesus knows you, then no trial will defeat you. Your anchor will hold because it grips the Rock that is Christ.

May God touch your hearts with His Word!

About bibleteacherorg

A searching Pastor, I am looking for a people who love the Lord and love one another. Daily I pray for the Church. Most of what the world sees today is not the Church, but clubs pretending to be the Church. God is calling to Himself a people willing to be righteous, not self righteous, serving not served. I am called to pastor God's people, those who want to change the world by willingly and willfully following Jesus Christ. Only God is able to change the world, and we must follow His Christ. He is able! Praise His Name! Come quickly Lord Jesus!
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