Q. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ Matt. 7:21-23
I’ve never really understood this passage, It says these people prophesied and performed many miracles.. wouldn’t they have to be saved to be able to do this? Yet Jesus gives them the boot. I guessing they were never really saved but I was hoping you could shed some light of the subject. thanks!
A. Contrary to popular belief, the ability to prophesy and perform miracles is not exclusive to born again Christians. The Bible tells us that the anti-Christ and false prophet will use “signs and wonders” of this kind to fool people into thinking that they represent God when they actually represent the Devil. It also says that servants of Satan masquerade as servants of righteousness. (2 Cor. 11:14-15) Don’t be fooled by this. As we approach the end of the age more and more people will be deceived by these things.