Commentaries
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Matthew
  
e) The Application of the Law by the Power of the Spirit
(Matthew 7:21-23)
21Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord!”, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.22Many 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?23And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness! (Matthew25:14-30; Luke13:25-27; Romans2:13; James1:22)


Christ saved you that you may live joyfully according to His Law. Your faith in the Savior connected you with Him. His death justified you that the power of His Holy Spirit can dwell in your body. Then how are you certain that you are a child of God?
Your belonging to God appears though your prayer, for the children of God do not cry all the time as other religious, “Lord, Lord” nor, “Master, Master.” They call God, “Our Father in heaven.” The Holy Spirit testifies to your spirit, that God is your Father and we are His children. They lay down their matters and selves in His hands, trust His constant care, convert and become active in His service. They enter deeply into the good news of the gospel and grow in confidence, love and hope. Christ did not free us to reform our wicked actions by our own power, but to commit ourselves to the Holy Spirit who establishes a new creation with its fruits in us. He guides us into His church as active, humble members.
Once there was a liar who started to believe in Christ. His friends, before that, used to say that eighty percent of his sayings were exaggerated, but after his conversion, one of his friends said that twenty percent only of his sayings were exaggerated. The broken-hearted believer was glad. He asked Christ with tears to save him completely from exaggeration and make him true in every word and letter and right in all his being.
If you find any weakness or defect in your own character, mention it to Christ. Confess it with repentance and ask Him to cure you and sanctify you, then reject, with resolution and strength, every iniquity.
Your abiding in Christ may be done through your self-denial, for nothing good is dwelling in our nature. Do not be proud, for pride is the sin of Satan. Do not try to cast demons out of the demon-possessed using your human power lest they come out and dwell in you. Christ is the only one who is able to cast out impure spirits through His Holy Spirit. Sometimes the Lord uses your sincere testimony to deliver and save those in bondage.
The Lord invites you to be a faithful witness of His actions today. Do not seek from Him unnecessary knowledge of the future, revealing more than what is proclaimed through the Holy Bible. Trust the guidance of your Father and do not think that you are important in yourself. Do not try to free our society from hunger and injustice by your own efforts. Listen carefully to the spirit of the gospel who guides you to preach to others and perform useful deeds. If Christ invited you to perform a blessed action to glorify His Father, He would authorize you through His own authority. But do not forget then that you, in yourself, are useless, and that your gifts are not of you. God’s love is poured out also in you. It has come from outside yourself as a great gift to your worthless life. Examine carefully the hymn of love in 1 Corinthians 13 to recognize that the attractive gift of public speaking and the mountain-removing faith do not save you. It is the love of the Holy Spirit originating from faith in Christ that enables you to stand fast in it and bring about the fruits of your salvation. Abide, then, in Jesus as the branch abides in the vine, and the Lord will produce His fruits in you. This is the will of your heavenly Father that you become united with His Son Jesus and live in him and He in you. What a great promise, that you may become a true believer, acting with divine love and serving with meekness and patience.
Do not be misled by false prophets who perform great miracles, healings and cast out demons (even in the name of Jesus) but do not confess salvation by the crucified Son of God! They are separated from the Lamb of God!
Woe to the religious minded multitudes who think they are under covenant with God and are not following Jesus in their lives. Woe to the elders in churches and societies who become proud and do not behave humbly, as washing their companions’ feet, but judge them severely. Woe to those who are gifted in speaking with the power of their intellect, but do not love the lowly and poor. They will receive severe judgment in the hereafter.
Love is the completion of the law. Faith will end when Christ comes again to our world, and hope will end when we see our Savior and our glorious Father, but love remains immortal, for God is love. Therefore, aspire to be filled with divine love that you may show in your life that you are indeed a true child of your merciful Father and an honest brother of Jesus Christ. He is the Judge in the Day of Judgment and He distinguishes between the righteous and the unrighteous, between the ones who serve the needy and the others who serve themselves. Continue practicing love, which is the final evidence of your true faith.

Prayer
O Holy Father, we thank You, for You have poured Your own love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit given to us. Please purify us with the blood of Your beloved Son. Forgive us our impatience and worrying about our haughtiness and ourselves. Make us abide in Jesus, that we may fulfill Your will in His power and continue in His providential guidance and protection. Save many of our friends and enemies and free them from the lies of Satan.
Question
Who will enter heaven?