Lord, Lord
Based on Series of Sermons on the Repetition of Name and Titles
Preached in PCC Worship Service, 28 April 2013
Part 3 of 3


We are continuing in our study of Matthew 7:21-23. In the previous article, we looked at something of the person and work of those who are not true believers in Christ and who will never enter the kingdom of heaven. In this article, we will consider something of the person and work of true believers.

Something about
the Person and Work of
True Believers

Four things may be said from these three verses about the true believer.

First, he is one who calls upon Christ as His Lord and Saviour. He does what Romans 10:9 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

And again in Romans 10:12-13, “For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Not only does he confess with his lips that Jesus is Lord but he also believes that truth with all his heart. In that great and final Day of Reckoning, he will be found among those who say to Jesus Christ, “Lord, Lord,” and who are received into His everlasting kingdom.

The big difference between the true believer and the false one is not that he is better or more righteous in himself than others. Rather, it is that Christ is truly His Lord and Saviour and not simply One in name or merely One upon his lips.  

Second, the true believer is one who does the will of God. The Lord says in verse 21 that the person who will enter into the kingdom of heaven is the one who does the will of His Father who is in heaven.

We must understand that Christ is not teaching that entrance into the kingdom of heaven is on the basis of one’s obedience to God’s will. Rather, the person who does God’s will is the one who gives evidence that he is truly a citizen of the kingdom and a child of God. To do God’s will is really the exact opposite of working iniquity or practising lawlessness as verse 23 says.

Now our Lord is not saying that true believers will not sin or fall into iniquity in their lives. They will, which is why He teaches us to pray in the Lord’s Prayer, “Our Father which art in heaven…forgive us our debts.”

And again in 1 John 1:8-9, John says, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

No true Christian will be sinless. But that is totally different from being a worker of iniquity or one who practices lawlessness. When a true Christian falls into sin, he will confess it, seek the Lord’s forgiveness and long after righteousness; all of which are part of doing God’s will.

In contrast, the false believer does not truly recognize or confess his sins. He does not seek God’s forgiveness, and he does not hunger and thirst after righteousness. Instead, he is content to carry on in an unbroken pattern and lifestyle of sin and evil.

Third, the true believer is one who knows the Lord Jesus intimately and deeply, not merely superficially or nominally or hypocritically. He really enjoys communion with His risen Lord and delights in having fellowship with Him.

He hears the voice of the Good Shepherd speaking to him by His Word and Spirit, and he responds to that voice in heartfelt prayers and petitions. He has an on-going and living relationship with Christ, and nothing grieves his heart more than when that relationship is disrupted or affected by sin and the consequences of sin.

Instead of saying “I never knew you,” Christ will say to him in that day, “I have loved thee with an everlasting love.”

This brings us to the fourth thing about the true believer that we may infer from this passage, namely, he will dwell with Christ for all eternity.

Rather than hearing “depart from me, ye that work iniquity” in the Day of Judgment, Christ will say “Well done, good and faithful servant…enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” The faithful saints of the Lord will enter into His glorious kingdom and dwell in His immediate presence forever and ever. There shall be no end to their joy and blessedness.

Never again will Christ say to His people, “It is expedient for you that I go away,” or “A little while, and ye shall not see me…” Never will Christ and His Bride be separated from each other in eternity, whether spiritually or physically.

Conclusion

And so in this series of articles, we have considered, based on Matthew 7:21-23, something about the person and work of Christ, something about the person and work of false believers, and something about the person and work of true believers.

First, Christ is the great prophet sent from above to reveal to man the will of God. He is also the great judge, who will judge all men on the Day of Judgment.

Second, we saw that false believers can be quite sound in their doctrine. They can be quite enthusiastic and emotional and fervent about their faith. They can even be engaged in many good and wonderful works. But the Day of Judgment will reveal some strange and surprising things. Those who were merely outward professors of the faith will be rejected and condemned by Christ.  

Third, we considered four things about true believers. They are those who call upon Christ Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, who do the will of the heavenly father, who know the Lord Jesus intimately and deeply, and, who will dwell in His immediate presence for all eternity.

Well, may the LORD grant us all much honesty as we confront these sober and, in a way, terrifying truths, and may we examine our own hearts and lives in light of them. But may we especially turn our eyes to the Lord Christ, who is our great prophet, priest and king, and truly desire to draw nigh to Him and He to us.

Hear again the words of our Lord, “Not everyone that saith
unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Amen.

—Linus Chua