Jesus says, “Not every one that says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father, which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:21-23)
How can the Lord say something like that because on the other hand he says, “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered”. (Luke 12:6,7) On the one hand he says ‘I never knew you’ and at the other hand he says ‘all the hairs of your head are numbered’ Was Jesus of two minds? We know that he was not schizophrenic. So what is the message that he is trying to give?
In Matthew chapter 7 he obviously talks about people that serve him and even work for him, as they are casting out devils, doing wonderful works and prophesying in his name. So why would Jesus say that of them “I never knew you”?
Frequently Jesus is compared to, or compares himself with the Bridegroom, while the individual and/or the body of believers is compared to the Bride. If we look at it from this perspective from the male-female relation then the word “knew” gets a much deeper meaning. When Adam knew Eve they had a son. It says that Joseph knew her (Mary) not until she had brought forth her firstborn (Jesus).
In the male-female relationship the word “knew” is to make love, or to have intercourse. Now how does this apply to our relationship with Jesus as our Husband?
What is it that a husband wants most from his wife?
He is thankful that she cleans house. He is thankful that she cares for the children, but what does a husband want most? Yes, you guessed it right he wants to “know” his wife, or enjoy being intimate with her.
When Jesus as our Husband wants to “know” us, then what do we do? Do we say: “Sorry I am busy working for you”, “I am busy taking care of your children or body of believers. I am too tired.”
In order to love him we have to take off our clothes of self goodness of self-righteousness, we have to come to him without cover-ups. The prophet says, “and all our righteousness are as filthy rags”. (Isaiah 64:6) Filthy rags stink. In the original Hebrew it says, Hold on for a second, this literally means, ‘the stinking rag of a menstruating woman’. The Proverbs say, “There is a generation that is pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.” (Proverbs 30:12)
All our goodness and being better than others, working harder than others, thinking that we serve the Lord more dedicated than others, is a garment of filthy rags that stinks and repels our dear husband from trying to come close to us.
This automatically brings up the question then how can we have the power to do the works of miracles or healing or prophecy mentioned in those verses?
The answer is simple: When we asked Jesus in our heart and gave him our life, we were in love with him and automatically we became Mrs. Jesus. Now our husband is someone very important in the spirit world and just like in this world when the wife of the Governor or President comes around and flips out her card with her husband’s name on it, people become very respectful, helpful and want to serve her. The same is true in the spirit world when we flip out our card with our husband’s name, then we get respect as the demons and “the devils do also believe and tremble” (James 2:19) especially if we get forceful and yell and scream, like so many of us do in our sermons.
But where are we when our husband comes quietly to us and wants to make love to us, where are we then? Are we still busy being forceful, or can we then humbly say: “My Love, I was waiting for you, I need you, I desire you. Change me, strengthen me, come into me and fill me, My love, I can’t believe that you, the creator of the universe are my husband and that you want to spend time with me. I love you, I delight myself in you. Come, lock the door and let me love you.”
Or will we be like the Pharisee: “I am glad that I am not like other men are, I serve you, Don’t I?” The most devious and deceitful pride of all is the spiritual pride of “I am a good man”. God resists the proud, but gives grace unto (receives, accepts, has warm feelings for) the humble. (James 4:6) The iniquity that Jesus talks about in Matthew 7:23 is not that we work for him and do many mighty works, but the iniquity is that when our husband calls and wants to ‘know’ us that we are not available and we are too busy keeping ourselves covered with our filthy rags of self goodness, with our stinking good works, even if it is so-called “serving him”.
May God help us to be more sensitive to our husband after what he gave for us to have us as his bride. When we desire to be intimate with our partner we speak gently and softly to win them, we don’t yell or scream at him or her, because that is a sure turn-off. Let us treat our husband, who gave so much to have us, with the same dignity, respect and desire.
“Nevertheless I have somethings against you, because you have left your first love – I wish that you were either hot or cold” (Rev. 2:4 & 3:15)
Lord forbid that he should ever say this to any of us.
He wants our love, and not that we keep a list of self-inflicted rules. The Pharisees were the best at keeping the rules, and see what Jesus said to them in Matthew chapter 23.