Thank You Holy Spirit.
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
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, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
I was reading through Matt 7 and when I got to verse 15 down to 23,something struck me. Everyone listed in vs 22 had either the gift or were called and then I remembered the parable of the talents (Matt 25:24-30). Hmm…. to whom much is given, much is sure expected (James 3:1)
Remember the life of Moses(called and gifted) as narrated in the scriptures, who received a greater judgement than the Israelite (who were always erring and rebelling), missing the promised land due to an error he made.
All the “called and gifted” should please look into the lives of people like Samson, Moses, Eli, Saul, Judas, etc, and learn great lessons from them because most of these ones erred but still continued using the gifts given them by GOD (NOT knowing they’ve gone out of The Way), also working in their “calling” because the gifts and calling are without repentance (Rom 11:29).
Those Christ talked about in Matt 7:22 still thought they were on the right path because they could still access the DIVINE not knowing they’ve missed it along the way.
Little wonder Jesus Christ always warns us to always “take heed” → BE AWARE (Luke 11:35, 1 Corinth 10:12, Luke 21:34, Matt 13:33)
Be SOBER, be VIGILANT (1Peter 5:8), that’s the WORD for these last days, brethren. If satan could enter into Peter (and even Judas) then, while being a disciple under Jesus (Matt 16:23) <and even after all Peter’s boasting that he won’t deny Christ> Luke 22:31-34, 59-60, he’ll definitely use some too now who aren’t watchful and vigilant enough (just like he did Judas) because he’s very cunning at disguising evil for good and good for evil which is why the scripture warns us to “try every spirit….” (1 John 4:1)
1 Corinthians 3:5-15
5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.
10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Did you also note what Paul said in verse 5?? “…..but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?” which simply means that ALL BELIEVERS ought to function as “ministers”! EVERY ONE OF THE BELIEVING FOLD IS “CALLED AND GIFTED” (1 Peter 2:6-9) and those still not functioning as such will account just like the “one talent” man in Matt 25:24-30.
A word is enough for the wise!