April 3, 2005
INTRODUCTION: Whenever and wherever God is at work among people, there are not only genuine responses but also counterfeit ones. There is a truthful reality in the Bible that some who think they are saved will be eternally lost.
Matthew 7:21-23, "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!'"
Jesus is referring to a faith that says but does not do.
James, the half-brother of Jesus, said in James 2:26, " For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."
The truth is that a genuine faith will always produce the fruit of good works.
Jesus gave us a parable in Matt. 13 that best illustrates the truth before us.
Matthew 13:24-30, "Another parable He put forth to them, saying: 'The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.
But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?' He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, 'Do you want us then to go and gather them up?' But he said, 'No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, 'First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.''"
After hearing this story, the disciples desired an explanation of the de ...
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