In The Light Of Matthew 7:21-23 – Pastor Chukwuemeka Charles Asiegbu

I Never Knew You:

I never Knew You‘I never knew you’ is the statement Jesus said He will issue to people who did things without His authorization. The statement ‘I never knew you’ is the kind of statement that one can say to strangers. Let’s is how Jesus puts it in the quotations below;

“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? Then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Matthew 7:21-23

From the quotations above it is clear that the statement ‘I never knew you’ is not a standalone. It is a response to an operation carried out without the permission of Jesus. These operations are done under the umbrella of the name of Jesus and from the quotations above there are results. So in the name of Jesus, demons was cast out, the sick were healed and wonderful works were done. But Jesus in His remark said these words below.

“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.”

Matthew 7:21

I Never Knew You And Workers Of Iniquity:

The implication here is that though miracles, signs and wonders were done in the name of Jesus these are not guarantee for the operators to enter the Kingdom of heaven. Therefore, that someone prophesied in the name of Jesus and it happened is not a guarantee that such prophecy bears the approval of Jesus. And it is not a guarantee that such individual will enter into the Kingdom of heaven. Also that demons were cast out by someone in the name of Jesus is not an approval that the particular individual is from Jesus.

In this case, prophesying and casting out demons in the name of Jesus is very normal but it has to be done with His approval. The approval therefore is that the person in the action must be doing the will of God. If not such individual will receive the reply “I never knew you”. There is another statement Jesus said which we should not do away with. And that is these statements “depart from me, ye that work iniquity”.

The above statement is an indication that those who must have done great signs and wonders without the approval of Jesus are workers of iniquity. So those who do not do the will of God are workers of iniquity. No wonder Apostle Paul remarked these statements below…

“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”

2 Timothy 2:19

I Never Knew You Not For Believers:

Now in the quotation above Apostle Paul advised that “Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” The statement of Apostle Paul augments the point Jesus made in the previous quotation. The statement I never knew you is actually meant for the workers of iniquity. But the question is this “who are these workers of iniquity”? A proper verification of who they are will definitely help us to understand them better. Firstly, for Jesus to say to them that I never knew you means that they never believed in Him. This is important to note because Jesus will not tell a believer I never knew you. The fact remains that to do the will and work of God is to know and believe in Jesus. Let’s see this verse below.

“Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”

John 6:29

Therefore, anyone who has believed in Jesus has done the work of God. The work of God is encapsulated in the knowledge and in the acceptance of Lordship of Jesus Christ. The work of God however is not in casting out demons, healing the sick and prophesying things. Anyone who does the aforementioned without believing in Christ is a worker of iniquity. Such a person has not done the work of God. And Jesus will say to him or her I never knew you, depart from me, you worker of iniquity. The second thing to know about these categories of people is that their work is deceptive.

Their Work Is Deceptive:

This implies that they are using the name of Jesus to deceive people. Since they call on the name of Jesus on the surface it appears that they are agents of Christ whilst they are not. And for this reason Jesus called them workers of iniquity. They do not belong to Him but they use His name to gain popularity. Thirdly, they are in this not because of Jesus but because of what they can gain from it. Apostle Paul puts it better this way.

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”

Romans 16:17-18

It shows that those who do things in the name of Jesus without His approval are in it because what they do is a meal ticket for them. For this reason they can go at any length to use the name of Jesus and accomplish their purpose. And somehow the question might be is it not the name of Jesus they used in their works? And are they not having results in the name of Jesus? Well, it is not about the result but about the source of the result. And since it is not done in the approval of Jesus, it is fake.

Believers Should Not Be Like Them:

This has been there even before Jesus and prophet Jeremiah had issues with them.

“And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err. I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.”

Jeremiah 23:13-14

Also see the verse below

“Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.”

Jeremiah 23:16

Let’s heed to the warning of Apostle Paul below.

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.”

Romans 16:17

And like Jesus said below we should harken

“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:  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.”

Matthew 7:24-25

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