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False Professors


Matthew 7:21-27

Here in these verses Jesus concludes the Sermon on the Mount.

Look at vs. 21. Jesus says, “Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord”…

And look at the beginning of verse 22: “On that day many will say to me…”

But, Jesus says here that our final destiny…our salvation will not be determined by what we are saying about Him today…or by what we say to Him on the day of judgment…but by whether we do “the will of the Father who is in heaven.”

Now a verbal profession of Christ is indispensable.

First it is polite…it addresses Jesus as “Lord”…which is a respectful and courteous way of addressing Him.

It is an accurate, customary confession of Jesus.

Third, their profession of Jesus as “Lord, Lord” was fervent…it is not a cold or formal “Lord”…it is instead an enthusiastic “Lord, Lord”, as if the speaker wanted to draw attention to his zeal and devotion to Christ.

Fourth, it was a public confession…this wasn’t done in private.

And, at times, the profession was spectacular.

You see, the thing they stress as they speak to Christ on the judgment day is the fact that they did everything in His name.

So on the surface this all looks as though they have a genuine relationship with Christ…and their  profession of Christ looks great…it is courteous, it is customary, it is enthusiastic, it is public, and at times it was spectacular.

In itself nothing…and yet everything is wrong because it is talk without truth; profession without real substance….they say one thing but do another.

The reason Jesus rejects them is that their profession was nothing  more than lip service.

Look at how Luke says it in Luke 6:46:  “And why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?

There are a lot of people who have publicly confessed Jesus as Lord and have been baptized.

Now before we go to the next paragraph it is important for us to notice the honors that Jesus claims.

Now, let’s look at verses 24-27.

And you know the parable and what happens.

So a lot of people “hear” what Jesus says…and they know what the word says…they may even have a great knowledge….they have heard the 23 Psalm, they know the Lord’s Prayer, they know what the Bible says about salvation…they have heard it and they know it.

1 John 1:5-7

6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;

1 John 2:4

4 The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;

James 1:22-23

22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.

In applying these teachings to ourselves, we need to consider that the Bible is a dangerous book to read, and that the church is a dangerous society to be a member of.