Jesus Saves, Religion Kills
Weekly Bible Study #2
This week’s passage is from Matthew 7:21-23 and is a passage I have always been quite fond of and I have always unofficially referred to it as the “Jesus saves, religion kills” passage. This is from the New King James Version.
21 “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. 22 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?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
I like how clearly Jesus lays it out for us here, as there are many people who may do many great works for God but no matter how many mighty works they do they do not actually know Jesus and have a relationship with him, thus he says to them “I never knew you.”
Ask yourself this question: If you were before Jesus would he say this to you?