Today’s readings.. (1 samuel 18), (Isaiah 62), (Matthew 7)

Many of the things Jesus said are very challenging, but few offer a greater challenge than the words we read today about what will be said to some “on that day” [Matt.7 v.22], i.e. the day of judgement. He speaks of those who will come before him, but to some of them he will say, “Depart from me; I never knew you” [v.23] . These will respond “… Lord, Lord, did we not prophecy in your name … and do many mighty works in your name?”

In referring to those who prophecy, we should not think of them as those who have some gift to foretell the future. The work of those serving God, as we see with many of those called prophets in the Old Testament, is to proclaim God’s word. Very often these were words of warning as well as encouragement. Any who speak to others to bring the message of Christ and God to them quoting God’s words from the Bible, are, in this sense, prophets. All who do this take a great responsibility on themselves. James, in his epistle makes the point, “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.” [Ch. 3 v.1]

Those who Jesus tells to depart are described as “workers of lawlessness” So what is such a worker?

Remember what we read as we completed Revelation a few days ago? We saw in the last chapter a list of those who are “outside” of God’s “city”. This was because their names were not found in “the book of life” [20 v.12],

Earlier in Revelation [3 v.5] we read of names being blotted out and others retained in God’s book of life. What causes them to be excluded? Those “outside” are not just those who are really bad in today’s estimation of badness but includes “everyone who loves and practices falsehood” [22 v.15]

Those he tells to “depart” thought they knew Jesus – but Jesus says he never “knew” them. What is it to “know” someone? In the Bible’s way of expressing it – it means to have a genuine relationship with them.

Human relationships are breaking down today, all too many men and women are getting married before they “know” each other and have fully ‘tuned in’ to each other’s thinking and motivations. We must make sure we have a really strong and committed relationship to Christ – so that he will welcome us into his Kingdom.

A small group of young Christadelphian brothers have taken the time to produce this valuable resource for the brotherhood and beyond, they are using the Bible reading planner developed by Brother Robert Roberts called The Bible Companion. The Bible Companion (or Bible Reading Planner) is a guide developed by the Christadelphians to aid reading the Bible. It was first produced by Robert Roberts when he was just 14 years of age, in about 1853, and revised by him over a number of years into its current format. Most Christadelphians use this plan each day and it was designed to help you read the old testament once and the new testament twice each year. These readings which we feature are recorded using the KJV or the NKJV of the Bible and we hope will be helpful to those who may struggle with time or who have poor eyesight.

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I would hate to hear those words: Depart from Me, I never knew you. I want to hear “Well done, My good and faithful servant.”

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