Mat.7:23 “then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (ie ‘lawlessness’ in some Bibles).
Let’s think of the issue of ‘covenant’ for a while. A ‘covenant’ (as in the Book of the Covenant Ex.19:5-24:8) is a set of issues that have been formally mediated and agreed upon. If you have agreed to keep the covenant, you will keep all the terms of the covenant. You cannot of yourself (either in a private or multi-party covenant) decide just to keep half of the covenant; for that would be doing violence to the other half you have chosen not to keep.
This ‘violence’ examples, displays or reveals your non-performance of that covenant. If you would like to test that out; see what the bank does with your home should you decide (or are forced through no fault of your own) to be non-compliant to the money terms of that contract (i.e. ‘covenant’). If you don’t remedy the terms of that contract (i.e. ‘covenant’) you will no longer have a home. Therefore it stands to reason that if you don’t remedy the terms of the salvation ‘covenant’ through repentance and obedience; you will no longer have the assurity of covenant benefits up to and including salvation itself – (Mt.7:23, Heb.10:29, Tit.1:16, 2Cor.13:5, etc.).
Mat 7:21 Not every one 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. :22 Many will say to me in that day, Master, Master have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? –
(These guys including Church taught Christians thought they were in and will say ‘Lord, Lord’ )
2Cor 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, howthat Yahshua Messiah is in you, except ye be reprobates?
– (rejected, worthless, cast out)
The words “work iniquity” at Mt.7:23 can be (and are) translated elsewhere in other Bible versions as ‘practice lawlessness’. It is interesting that the word ‘iniquity’ is one letter removed from ‘inequity’; which equally captures the crux of the situation. Yahshua keeps covenant – those that don’t while claiming ‘relationship’; well that’s the definition of ‘inequity’ isn’t it? – a non-sameness. Most don’t really understand what Yahshua said here; – He said “I never knew you” NOT; – ‘you never knew me’.
The non-covenant / church reassured ‘saved’ – ‘we knew you’ thought they were ‘in’ guys are mentioned at Mt.7:21-22. My intent is not to diminish the ‘it is finished’ work of Messiah – But – By way of personal observation for Yahshua to have said it this way at the very least opens the door to the distinct possibility that – the covenant lawfulness of most Jews will fare much better than the covenant lawlessness of most Christians.
It is of interest to note that this personal observation is not in conflict and does no violence to Yahshua’s claim of being the ‘only way’ (Jn.14:6). Decide for yourselves which is better?
To ‘not’ accept Yahshua making no personal claim of ‘relationship’ but doing what He said; or to claim Yahshua professing a ‘relationship’ while not doing what He did or said to do?
The parable of the vine-dresser (Mat.21:28-31) captures the same question in Yahshua’s own words. I don’t definitively know what to say about the ignorance factor because the Bible says that YHWH “winks” at our ignorance in times past (Acts17:30); yet also documents YHWH saying “My people perish for the lack of knowledge”, while further YHWH’s Word directs us to “study and show your self approved”. But then, the capacity to understand is very different from the willingness to understand – then obey.
Mat 21:28 “But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. 29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. 30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not. 31 Whether of (the two) did the will of his father? …”
Let’s Think about this in reverse and back engineer Mt.7:13-23. If you want to avoid Yahshua’s indictment of ‘lawlessness’ (v:23); intelligently we will be ‘lawful’. If we want to avoid ‘wide gate’ destruction (v:13); we will seek the ‘narrow’ gate; Hence, the ‘narrow’ way the ‘few’ (v:14) have found includes law keeping (Ps.111:10). We will not hide behind some ‘relationship’ fantasy of ‘knowing Him’ (v:21-22). We will want to imitate His example, heed His instruction and be acknowledged by this Covenant Law Keeper as having done the same.
This isn’t just any law; for Yahshua Himself – the Melchizedek High Priest kept Melchizedek Covenant Law (and related Melchizedek issues). If He had kept Levitical damage control law to correct (atone for) an actual Covenant infraction or breach of some kind on His part; He would then be our example to do the same thing. Yahshua would no longer be the ‘only way’ (Jn.14:6/Gal.2:21).
Gal.2:21 “I do not set aside the grace of Yah; for if (Melchizedek) righteousness comes through the (Levitical) law, then [Yahshua] Messiah died in vain.”