Belt of Truth
Knowing and Applying God's Truth to Real Life
Matthew 7:21-23 (NKJV) “Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'”
What Truth is Revealed? It will come as a “shock” to some who come to stand before the throne on judgment day and hear the words, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” The truth is this, some people claim the name of Christ and wear the “Christian” label; but their hearts have never been cleansed or claimed by God.
What is the Command/Wisdom or Promise? Judas was one of the 12; most likely he was standing in close proximity as Jesus was teaching this truth. We now know that Judas had loyalty to serve himself, not Christ. We know what was truly in Judas’ heart by the actions of his life. Judas was a wolf in sheep’s clothes. The wisdom gained from this teaching is that “we” examine ourselves and “work out our salvation with fear and trembling.” Furthermore, may the actions of our living match the rhetoric of our confession.
What Does This Mean to Me and What Action Should I Take? This is a difficult teaching to tackle, because, “we” are touchy when someone questions our salvation. That said, without being too judgmental, there are large portions of those that claim to be Christians, who don’t believe or live by the standards of the very scriptures they claim to follow. There is a “lawlessness” in Church circles. They may be in for a shocker on Judgment Day. For me: I need to be true to Christ and to His Words!
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Matthew 7:15-20 (NKJV) "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn-bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore, by their fruits you will know them.”
What Truth is Revealed? We are warned about an infiltration into the church by false prophets by Jesus, the Apostles, Paul, John and Peter. These four arguably form the most authoritative voices of the New Testament and all of them warn us about false prophets and teachers. Considering who has warned us, “we” (followers of Christ) should take heed!
What is the Command/Wisdom or Promise? The greatest threat to the Church is not opposition or persecution that comes from those who are outside the Church. The greatest threat is for a wolf in sheep’s clothing to infiltrate our circle of fellowship and do damage from the inside. So, how can we identify a wolf? According to Jesus, “You will know them by their fruits.” What will the fruit of a false prophet or teacher look like?
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As revealed by God through the Life and Message of Christ; through the wisdom of Solomon; through the letters of the Apostles; through the inspiration of God.