Summary: Will the All-Knowing King of kings recognize you at His return? How can you be sure that He would acknowledge you in His Glorious Presence?
"Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, `I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ (Matt. 7:21-23, NIV.)
At His return, the Son of God will tell others: “I NEVER KNEW YOU. Away from me, you evildoers!”
We hear similar words in Luke 13:22-33. Notice verse 25, “`I don’t know you or where you come from.’ Also, verse 27, “I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’”
Will the All-Knowing King of kings recognize you at His return? How can you be sure that He would acknowledge you in His Glorious Presence?
Of course, the Lord is the God who knows. Surely, He knows us more than we know ourselves!
He knows our stubbornness. Through Isaiah, He told His physical chosen people in Isaiah 48:4, “For I knew how stubborn you were; the sinews of your neck were iron, your forehead was bronze.”
He told also Moses about the ruler of Egypt: “But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him. So I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go” (Ex. 3:19-20, NIV). And He knows exactly how to deal with our stubbornness – with a “mighty hand” to compel us what He wants us to do!
He knows if we are hypocrites or not. We read the Word of God in Mark 12:13-15, “Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words. They came to him and said, ‘Teacher, we know you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Should we pay or shouldn’t we?’ But Jesus KNEW THEIR HYPOCRISY. ‘Why are you trying to trap me?’ he asked…”
He knows our foolishness. We read in Psalm 69:5, “You know my folly, O God; my guilt is not hidden from you.”
He knows the enormity of our sins. God’s Word thunders in Amos 5:12, “For I know how many are your offenses and how great your sins.”
He knows what we are thinking. Notice the Son of God in Luke 5:22-23, “Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, ‘Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, “Your sins are forgiven,” or to say, “Get up and walk”?’” (See also Mark 6:8; Matt. 12:25.)
He knows also if our thoughts are really directed on Him. We read in Jeremiah 12:3, “Yet you know me, O LORD; you see me and test my thoughts about you.”
Consider also Psalm 139:23, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.”
He knows all both men and animals. We read in John 2:24-25, “But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men. He did not need man’s testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man.” And in His Word, we read in Psalm 50:11, “I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine.”
He knows our sufferings. In the Old Testament, we read Exodus 3:7-8 in the New King James Version, “And the LORD said (to Moses): "I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey…”
David also declared in Psalm 69:19, “You know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed; all my enemies are before you.”
He knows all the plans against his people. Jeremiah wrote, “But you know, O LORD, all their plots to kill me. Do not forgive their crimes or blot out their sins from your sight. Let them be overthrown before you; deal with them in the time of your anger” (Jer. 18:23).
He knows how to save His people. Peter wrote in 2 Peter 2:9, “…then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment…”