Many 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?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ – Matthew 7:22-23
One is declared lawless when they don’t follow the pattern of Christ by obeying the Father in heaven through the Spirit. The Father is not looking for our attributes, He is not looking at our credentials because all our acts of righteousness are as filthy rags. There is nothing we can do to impress God, less when we are using gifts of the spirit gifted to us, using them in disobedience trying to impress God. God doesn’t want anything from us but surrender. Matthew 16:25 says, “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”
We have to lose our identity to Christ, lose ourselves in Christ as it were. You cannot come before God as you, but as the new person made in the image of Christ. Galatians 3:26-27, “For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes.” The aim is to lose your identity to Christ, to stop doing you and put on Christ. Our way of escape is Christ, the password to heaven is Christ. There will be no acceptance for us in eternity apart from Christ-likeness. This knowledge puts things into perspective and makes it clear, there’s no more debate and no more argument, look at Jesus through the Word and look at yourself, we have to be as inseparable as the disciples were from Jesus in the Garden, the guards couldn’t tell them apart.
Remember the Lord Jesus kept the will of the Father, even when the instructions were most difficult to do, He laid down His own will. Isaiah 53:7, “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.” This simple and quiet obedience is an important characteristic in a Christ-like nature. It is something to study and meditate on, reminiscent of the instruction to the woman, who is a type of the body, the bride of Christ, in 1 Peter 3:3-4, “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” Selah!