The result of salvation needs to be transformation
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven – only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. On that day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons and do many powerful deeds?’ Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Go away from me, you lawbreakers!’ (Matthew 7:21-23 NET)
What Jesus is saying here is that it's no good to simply be in the house if God (ie those who prophesied in His name, cast out demons etc certainly sound like they were in Gods house and carried His authority), but if we ourselves are not transformed to know Him (and if you look up the Greek, the word "know" is a stronger version than the word "know" used to describe Adam "knowing" or having intimate relations with Eve) and bear good fruit, then we too may be told to leave His house.
For many are called but few are chosen. (Matt 22:14). In other words, many are called to be sons of God, but few actually are chosen or become sons of God. Only those who actually do the will of Father in heaven will be called sons of God. (Matt 7:21).
How can this be? The answer we find in John 8:35 "The slave does not remain in the family forever, but the son remains forever."
We enter Gods household as slaves - slaves to sin. But He welcomes us in, and offers us sonship. Galatians 4:7. "So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God."
Let us test ourselves to see if we are bearing fruit for the kingdom (ie the fruits of the spirit), and if we still have lawlessness in our lives let us throw ourselves on His mercy and grace and redouble our Faith that He will complete the good work He started in us.
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