NOT HE THAT SAITH, BUT, HE THAT DOTH, ENTERS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN #22
“ 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. 24 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. 28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: 29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” Matthew 7:21-29.
We point out again, that the subjects are not Christians of this dispensation, but are the remnant who will be found worthy to enter the Kingdom of Heaven when it is established on the earth. Thus, there is a matter of faith and good works required.
The Lord makes it clear that calling Him Lord, or doing works alone, is not sufficient for salvation to enter the Kingdom. Regardless of the dispensation, true heart dedication is necessary. Every man is a sinner, but true religion brings one to contrition and confession. False religion is only for show, and the all seeing eye of the Lord knows those who are His. This is why the Lord puts the Kingdom of God before the Kingdom of heaven. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33. The Lord must rule in their hearts first. That will result in works from an obedient heart, which is necessary to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
The two foundations are obvious, one is the Lord and His teachings, and the other is man’s religion and his self-righteousness. Both are works, but one is absent of faith. All religious works without faith and obedience to the Lord’s teaching is a religion built on sand. It will not stand the test. Thus, ends the Sermon of the Mount.
Pastor Ken Blue was born in Boswell, Ark. In 1955 he accepted Christ as his Savior. He and his wife Joyce were married in 1955. They have 5 children. He graduated from Midwestern Baptist Bible College in 1969 and started the Open Door Baptist Church in Lynnwood, Wa. where he pastored for 39 years. Because of health issues (ALS) he was forced to resign as pastor. It is his desire to continue to be used of God to help pastors and believers through this ministry.