Summary: There are seven words in this text that I never want to hear from God !
Seven Words You Never Want To Hear From God
In these closing words of the Sermon On The Mount, we are told what some will hear when they stand before God. His words are some of the most earth shaking, bone shattering, heart stopping words that could fall on human ears. These are words that according to the scripture will be heard by many ! They are seven words that I never want to hear from God ! I believe they are seven words that no one here would want to hear from God ! They are seven words that you don’t have to hear from God. Listen to the words once again.......Imagine standing before God and hearing these words ringing in your ears, and echoing in your soul ! And I dare say that they will ring, and echo throughout all eternity ! "I never knew you: depart from me,........"
I. What Many Will Say
a. Notice how they address him.
There will be much calling on the Lord, and calling out his name on that day. Can’t you hear folks crying out.....But Lord......Wait a minute Lord.......but it will be too late !
b. Notice how they appeal to him.
.......have we not prophesied in thy name.
People will appeal to the Lord expecting to receive an affirmative answer.
c. Notice how they argue with him.
.....in thy name have cast out devils ? and in thy name done many wonderful works ?
II. What God Will Say.
a. He speaks words of denial to them........I never knew you.
Illust. Working at a place where you haven’t been hired !
It is not that God has previously known them or ever known them.....but I never knew you !
Though God knows our name, and knows the number of the hairs on our head, he wants to "know" us. He wants us to know him as Father, and he wants to know us as children ! How sad it would be to stand before God, and hear him say I never knew you !
b. He speaks words of departure to them........Depart from me
Such final words ! To be separated from the presence of God forever will be the worst part of hell !
c. He speaks words of discernment to them.......Ye that work iniquity
They appeal to him with offerings of what they deem good works, but God’s discernment is always righteous. They were workers of iniquity instead because they had not obeyed the gospel.
Isa 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;.............
III. How To Avoid Hearing These Words.
Not everyone 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.
Someone has said "I Never Knew You" is the same as God saying "You Never Knew Me"
a. It is not the testimony of our lips that will save us.
They said to him Lord, Lord !
They even prophesied in his name !
I never you: depart from me.............
b. It is not the toil of our labors that will save us.
They did many wonderful works in the name of the Lord.
I never you: depart from me................
c. It is our trust in the Lord that saves us.
If we are trusting in any other person or thing to get us to save us, and get us to heaven, then we will hear the words........I never knew you: depart from me
Jesus said in V21............."but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven."
What is the will of God concerning salvation....being saved ?
1. It is his will that we be saved. 2 Pet 3:9
2. It is his work that we believe on Jesus John 6:29
3. It is through his way that we are saved. John 14:6