Where Will You Spend Eternity ?
Something I have been thinking about
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of
heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. “Many
will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name,
and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’
“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU
WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’
(Mat 7:21-23 NASB) He is speaking to Believers here, not unbeleivers.
The word, “depart”, in this portion of Matthew is the Greek word, apochō
réō which means to be spacing from, in other words, not so close I do not
“Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed
ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his
(Mat 25:41 NASB)
The word, “depart” here in this portion of Matthew is the Greek word, ,
poreúomai, which means poreúomai; fut. poreúsomai, aor. pass.. as mid.
eporeúthēn, mid. deponent from póros (n.f.), a passing or passage, which is from
peírō or peráō (n.f.), to pierce or run through. To transport oneself,
to go from one place to another. Intrans. Also from póros (n.f.): émporos
To prophesy, do miracles, and cast out demons requires a relationship with
Jesus, i.e., a believer. Remember the 7 sons of Sceva: The demons knew
Paul and recognized the relationship and the authority he possessed but did
not recognize the authority and realized that there was no relationship
But also some of the Jewish exorcists, who went from place to place,
attempted to name over those who had the evil spirits the name of the Lord
Jesus, saying, “I adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preaches.” Seven sons of one
Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. And the evil spirit answered and
said to them, “I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?”
And the man, in whom was the evil spirit, leaped on them and subdued all
of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and
(Act 19:13-16 NASB
Hebrews says, ” Follow peace with all, and holiness, without which no one
shall see the Lord”
(Heb 12:14 MKJV) New testament holiness comes from within, the heart.
Jesus said that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.
Jesus took the outward observance of the law into the inward observance
of the law which is the heart which leads me to the next point.
For when the nations, who do not have the Law, do by nature the things of
the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law unto themselves; who show the
work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing
witness, and the thoughts between one another accusing or even excusing one
another, in a day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ
according to my gospel.
( Rom 2:14-16 MKJV)
And they will see His face, and His name will be in their foreheads. To
see the Lord requires holiness on our parts.
(Rev 22:4 MKJV)
Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to
the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. (inside the city
is where the Lord dwells and those the behold his face are holy as He is
holy) Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the
murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.
It’s no coincidence here , I believe, that this scripture is placed where it
is. It is after the judgement and those who are going to be cast into hell
have already been cast there. To go back to Romans where Paul says that the
secrets of men’s hearts will be judged by his gospel, is to say that
though you look good to humans because we judge by outward appearance, you may
not look so to the Lord. And since, without holiness, no one will see the
Lord, do you think that there will be believers whowill find that they are
forbidden entrance to the city and access to the tree of life? What we
must remember is the blood of Jesus covers an act of sin, it doesn’t cover a
(Rev 22:14-15 NAS77)