In light of all the crazy things that have been going on with people killing other people recently, one should remember that though death is the last enemy, there is a fate worse than death. Unlike being shot by some crazy person, the fate is something you can escape. Today’s devotional explains how. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Matthew 7:21-23Matthew 7:21-23 English Standard Version (ESV)
I Never Knew You
21 “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. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
“At the last day, Christ shall say to some, ‘I never knew you.’ Those that do not trust Christ, he will not own. In that dread hour when they will most of all need a Savior, he will say, ‘I never knew you.’ But if you trust him, he knows you now, and he will own you then. Jesus Christ himself cannot say to me at the last day, ‘I never knew you.’ He must know me, for he knows how I have bothered and worried him; he knows how I had the blood from his heart to wash my sins away, and the robe of his righteousness to clothe me. I have needed all that he is to make anything of me; and still, day by day I am a poor beggar who will not let him go down the street without crying, ‘Thou Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Therefore he knows my name, and Christ will never say that he does not know us if he does. Make him acquainted with your name even now. Dear sinner, go and tell the Lord your story and your history, your sin and your transgression; if you confess your sin to him, he cannot say, ‘I never knew you.’ Then go and cast yourself on him with all your sin, then he will own you as his, and will never disown you.”
[Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit XLIV, (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1898), p. 69]
June 16, 2016