“21 Not every one that says unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that does 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 Your Name? and in Your Name have cast out devils? and in Your Name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, you that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23
Prophesying in the name of Jesus, casting out devils in the name of Jesus and doing many wonderful works in the name of Jesus are NOT the criteria for entering in to the Kingdom of Heaven.
“14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 1 Corinthians 11:14-15.
Workers of iniquity, those who have exalted self efforts, self will and any other method from the vanities of man’s mind to overcome the sin that so easily besets us other than Jesus Christ and His redeeming work on Calvary’s Cross are workers of iniquity.
The only way to God is through the Blood of Jesus Christ (John 14:6). The only way to Christ is through the Cross. Believing Who Jesus is (the Son of God, God manifest in the flesh) and what He did on Calvary’s Cross to pay the penalty of sin for whosoever will believe, leaves no room to doubt the Resurrection of our Lord. He is Risen, He is Alive and He is sitting at the Right Hand of God searching to and fro to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward Him.
“And He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23
The only way to the Cross of Christ is to deny ourselves…our self efforts, self will, our “many wonderful works” and take up our cross daily and follow Jesus. Taking up our cross is not “bearing our burdens”. The Cross of Christ is the means by which we receive every blessing from God. Jesus Christ is the Source of those blessings and His Cross the means. Again, we deny our self efforts, take up every blessing Christ afforded us on Calvary’s Cross and FOLLOW Him.
Workers of iniquity exhort our self efforts and focus on our problem. They prophesy in the name of Jesus, cast out devils in the name of Jesus and do many wonderful works in the name of Jesus…yet they are workers of iniquity. They make the Cross of Christ of no effect with their wisdom of words.
“17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
18 For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:17-18
The preaching of the Cross of Christ is the power of God unto us which are saved but it is foolishness to workers of iniquity. Prayerfully discern.
-Donna Clark Warren