Lawlessness

Mat. 7
15 ¶  “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
16  “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?
17  “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.
18  “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.
19  “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20  “So then, you will know them by their fruits.
21 ¶  “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.
22  “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?’
23  “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

 There have probably been ten thousand sermons preached on the above passages. Everyone seems to know who the false prophets are and how to identify them. But there is no formula for recognizing the true from the false. It only comes one way. Jesus said in verse 21 that not everyone who says to Him, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus also spoke of bearing good fruit and bad fruit, and doing the will of the Father. These are all suggestive statements and are interpreted as one sees fit. One person’s definition of good fruit or bad fruit is different from another’s. So is the definition of doing the will of the Father. So, how do we really come to recognize the true from the false? It is not by outward manifestations but by a work done in us.

We will see clearly the true from the false when the Lordship of Jesus Christ is created experientially in us. This is why Jesus began verse 21 with “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven.” His Lordship is the key to everything. As we learn to submit to His as Lord, our spiritual eyes begin to be opened.

Let’s skip down to verse 23 and work our way back up. The Lord said that He would say to certain ones, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.” Lawlessness is the root of all deception. Yes, we can be Christians and be lawless. The Lordship of Jesus Christ is the center of the above passages. Jesus is speaking very narrowly in these verses. He is speaking to those who call Him “Lord,” but in reality are not walking under His Lordship at all. Many Christians exist in a lawless state. They readily calls Him Lord, but their inward nature denies it. Jesus said the false prophets were inwardly ravenous wolves. This reference to inwardly speaks to the nature within a person. When Jesus spoke of knowing the false by their fruits, He did not mean their behavior or their speech. He meant their inward nature. The Adamic, religious nature will never submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. This is why the work of the cross is necessary to walk as son. The nature of Jesus Christ must be established in us in order for us to call ourselves His sons.

When a person or group is not under Christ’s Lordship, they will inevitably preach and teach about the works of God through them. The emphasis will always be on the ministry of Christ. You will never hear about the work of the cross or coming into submission to Christ as Lord. This is why Jesus said that the lawless ones will point out how they prophesied in His name, they cast out demons, and performed many miracles. The Lordship of Jesus Christ is foreign to the lawless spirit. God hates lawlessness. This was the spirit prevalent in the children of Israel when they came out of Egypt. They never learned to submit to God wholeheartedly, thus they were judged and doomed to die in the wilderness. Israel saw the mighty works of God. They beheld the miracles. They had the promises and the prophecies. But it all profited them nothing because they never submitted wholeheartedly to God.

We too can die in the wilderness. If we carry that lawless spirit, we will never enter into the promises of God. Our submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ produces His nature in us. If we are embracing the cross, then we are moving into His Lordship, and He will enable us to see what is necessary.

4 thoughts on “Lawlessness

  1. I love this because when I began following Christ Jesus after He picked me up from darkness and reading His Word I questioned this passage its not those who say Lord Lord shall enter the Kingdom Heaven. It wasn’t instant but a few years to come to a place where I am no longer ashamed to call Christ Jesus my Lord. Hallelujah!!!

  2. Jesus said, “If you love me you will obey me.” We must allow our hearts and minds to fall under His gaze and by His spirit discern within the difference of what is his voice/spirit/ nature and that which is devilish/carnal/ self willed.

    A lawless person doesn’t like words such as obey, commandments, law, yield, or faith. To submit or surrender to these words would bind them to laws and covenants. A price would have to be paid. Faith requires believing, believing requires trusting in, relying upon, and adhering to. The law requires obedience, obey requires submission, and the commandments of God require love. (St. John 14:23)

    Hebrews 10:16 (KJV) This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

    1 John 2:3-6 (KJV) 3And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

    • Just another thought came…. at the end of the day, these three remain…faith, hope. love. Knowledge, prophecies, gifts of the in part realm will be passing away when the perfect comes. The cross applied to our adamic nature is what accomplishes the perfecting of the love of Christ in us. The greatest, the more excellent way is …. love. Jesus taught the truth of the cross before He literally went to the cross, because He as our forerunner was already living by obedience to it. This is the way of walking as he walked that leads to life in Him. If anyone professes to have an annointing yet do not minister the cross in their teachings are bypassing the way, truth and life and are under a strong delusion that they should believe a lie. This word from our Lord should make us tremble. We can not bear in our bodies the witness of Christ and His testimony without the cross applied to our adamic nature.

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