Matthew 7:21-23 “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. 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? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
There are a couple of points worth noting here. The first you will see repeated all through out my notes which is Jesus came as a Jewish rabbi teaching Jews about the Law. He never taught against the Law so when we hear him say something about doing something to fulfill the Law then we need to not turn a deaf hear but take it with a grain of salt. So then the second and main point is this, Jesus is specifically saying that there are people who will do many mighty things in His name, yet there is no relationship between them and Jesus therefore no salvation. Paul has taught us the truth in Romans that we are saved by faith and not of works. There are no works that can improve or qualify our salvation. In fact there is no other way to be saved but only by faith in believing that Jesus is Lord and He was the atoning sacrifice for all sins. This does not mean that we as believers will not bear fruit, for it is God’s desire that we bear much fruit. The issue Jesus is pointing out here is as He noted in other times in that no one can produce good fruit on their own, in that good fruit only comes from being intimate with Jesus and it is His fruit we bear not our own. Here he is talking about those who are trying to bear their own fruit not out of intimacy with Jesus. There are many who go to church services every week and do many things to help build a testimony, in a physical building or some programs, to their ungodliness because they are trying to be a part of doing man’s works and not something that was born out of a relationship with Jesus.
This is what is means to be a worker of iniquity. It is one who out of their own efforts tries to do the things that resemble the fruit of having a relationship with God, yet there is no true relationship. Many believers have tons of peer pressure placed upon them by the churches today to produce fruit yet this goes totally against what we are taught in scripture. I still believe the best example of this is pregnancy in that a woman naturally cannot just do something to become pregnant by herself. Yet out of intimacy with her husband she becomes fruitful effortlessly. Yes she has to carry the child but the conception of the child happens naturally. And in this same way the fruit of God out of intimacy with Him is conceived in us and manifested through us.
So with all this said then the question is how can we do the will of the Father? Simply stated believing in Jesus and His finished works is to truly do the will of our Father. It was for the purpose of our salvation that Jesus was sent, and only by faith in him can we partake in this great salvation. It is the Father’s will that none should perish and Jesus made that possible, yet as scripture declares not all will believe and will perish.