False Disciples (Through the Gospels)
There are a lot of people who grew up in church but did not grow up in God. People who get plugged into programs and classes but never truly plugged into Jesus. It is a scary thing to be deceived. It is even scarier to be deceived by yourself.
Jesus is talking about false disciples who call themselves followers of Jesus. But the context is clear that not only are they false disciples but they are deceived by their own blindness. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). These self-proclaimed followers of Jesus were surprised that after death they were not able to enter into heaven.
They tell Jesus, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?” To this Jesus responds, “I never knew you.” Wow…how chilling must that have felt for those who thought they were followers of Jesus their entire lives.
What was wrong with these people? They had deceived themselves. Just because they had the external appearance of a Christian does not mean they were not truly saved. How can you know the difference? “The one who does the will of my Father.” This is how to can tell if someone is truly in Christ and not simply a member of a institution. To be considered a follower of Christ, one’s life must be marked by obedience. It is only by grace through faith that one is saved, but the evidence of that salvation will be seen by our obedience towards’ the Lord.
Are you deceived?