Break The Chains

Matthew 7:22-23, “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 I will profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you who work iniquity.”

Ask any believer in Christ and they will tell you that the most fearful four words that they never want to hear from the lips of Christ is “I never knew you”. But ask them who this verse is referring to and you will get a half dozen different answers. Some even go so far as to say that they are unbelievers.

Christ said that they would call him Lord, and profess to have done all these wonderful works in HIS NAME, yet, he will say that he never knew them. These cannot be atheist or unbelievers, because neither would call him Lord or do works in his name. The thought would never even cross their minds. In fact, unbelievers and atheist often times laugh at those who believe that any good work or deed can be done in the name of Christ Yeshua, because they view him as a figment of the imagination of religious nuts. Therefore, we can conclude that it was not unbelievers that he was speaking to, but those who knew enough of him to call him Lord and to do works in his name.

If we look at the verse, he tells us who he is speaking to, it is those “who work iniquity”. This word in Strong's is anomia, it means to transgress the law. The word used as work means to labor, exercise or practice. Knowing this, we can conclude that this is speaking of those who make a “practice of transgressing the law”.

John 8:34, “Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say unto you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.”

Romans 6:1-2, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue to sin, that grace may abound? God forbid, how shall we, that are dead to sin, live in longer therein?

Hebrews 10:36, “For if we willfully sin after we have received the knowledge of truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.”

Romans 6:16-17, “Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that you were the servants of sin, but you have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered to you.”

Colossians 3:5-10, “Put to death what is earthly in you: fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affections (affection, emotion, desire of the mind), evil desires, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On the account of these, the wrath of God is coming. In these too you once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, obscene communication. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.”

It is not about works but it is about being known by God. Those who are not known by God will hear, “I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness.”

Someone who is a slave to sin, sins willfully and has not fully repented, and because they have not fully repented, there is no sacrifice for sins. Once you fully repent, which is doing a complete 180 and turning from your sin, only then can you rejoice in the sacrifice for your sins. Only then can one claim that they know God and that God knows them. This is what the scriptures are getting at. You turn from your sin and you run in the opposite direction.

1 John 3:8-9, “He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin; for his seed remains in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”

Many see these verses and twist the meaning far beyond its simple truth. They want a God who coddles their sin, and is so understanding to their sinful ways that he would allow man to take sin with him down the straight and narrow path.

Honestly, the research and reading for this article has also put fear in myself. We must strive and struggle to overcome the flesh at all odds. We must drop the excuses!

1 John 1:8-9, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

John 15:1-6, “I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off branches in me that does not bear fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit, he prunes, so that it will be even more fruitful. You are all ready clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches; if you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.”

Matthew 7:19, “Every tree that does not bring forth good fruit is cut down, and cast into the fire.”

This word prune in this verse means to purge. God will remove the sin and impurities from your life so you can bear more fruit. But this comes with a warning, if we do not remain in Christ, we will be thrown into the fire.

In the parable of the tares and the wheat starting in Matthew 13:24-30, we are told in verse 30, “Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of the harvest, I will say to the reapers, gather you together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.”

Matthew 13:41-43, “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

There is only one way to ensure our salvation and that is to struggle and strive for the straight and narrow. God knows each of our hearts, and he is fully aware of who truly loves him. He knows who is willing to take the truth and fight for the win. Flee from sin and remove it far away from your reach.

Renew your minds with the word of God that is your sword. Remember what is at stake and how the enemy is seeking to destroy you with these temptations, if you have to place post-it notes up to keep it fresh in your memory, do so. Heed the warnings of Christ about sin.

Scripture says that if we love him then we will keep his commandments.

John 14:15, “If you love me, keep my commandments.”

John 14:21, “He that has my commandments, and keeps them, it is he that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”

John 15:10, “If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.”

1 John 2:3-5, “And hereby, we show that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that says, I know him, and does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps his word, in him, truly is the love of God perfected: this is how we know that we are in him.”

2 John 1:6, “And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it.”

John 8:51, “Truly, Truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word he will never see death.”

Beloved, as hard as this battle is, it should be an honor to fight on the side of the kingdom of God. We need to give this battle all we have, praying without ceasing. This worldly church has lied to us and has deceived us into thinking that we can carry sin and still be righteous, because of the blood of Christ.

While we can be righteous through the blood of Christ, scripture is clear that we must drop the sin and run from it, in order to obtain forgiveness and mercy. As long as we are still willfully practicing sin, we are unknown to him.

It does not matter what you think or what your best friend or neighbor's opinion is, the word of God has settled the matter. If we do not want to hear those dreaded words, we need to turn and stop practicing willful sin. We need to make a practice of keeping his commandments, and doing his will. We need to live a life that reflects the one we serve. We need to make it clear to our enemy that we are no longer going to be a slave to sin. We need to turn to the one who can break those chains and set us free from the darkness; and to pray and fast till we find true repentance.

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