Matthew 7:21 – I Never Knew You

Salvation

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Here is what I think upon reading this. First, the will of the father is to believe in the Son, as per John 6:40, which states:

For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

So we can conclude that the people in this passage did not believe in Christ for their salvation. What then did they trust? The passage appears to show they trusted in their good works and never had a relationship with Jesus. Jesus exposes trusting in their works as evil because he calls them workers of lawlessness.

On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

So, to sum it up, this passage speaks about people who

  1. Never believed on the Son (Jesus) for their salvation
  2. Trusted in their good works to get to heaven
  3. Never had a relationship with Jesus

Also, another possibility,

4. They never truly repented and they are considered a ‘carnal Christian’