Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.
– Matthew 7:21
Thoughts on Today’s Bible Verse:
I believe that every Christian brothers and sisters are familiar with this verse. But have we ever considered that how to follow the will of the Heavenly Father? When I began to develop faith in the Lord, I thought that as long as I accepted the salvation of the Lord, I would have a place in the heavenly kingdom. Recently, when I read, I noticed that the Lord said only those who follow the will of the Heavenly Father can enter the heavenly kingdom, and not everyone who calls out to the Lord can enter it. And I think so. Though many people believe in the Lord in name, they cannot put the Lord’s words into practice in real life. Sometimes, when something unpleasant happens to us, we will complain or do things relying on our hot blood. Sometimes, we only show forbearance and endurance to others outwardly, but we hate them in our hearts. What’s more, in order to protect our personal interests, we intrigue against one another and have jealousy and strife. Even many people attend meetings following forms, not for gaining the truth. They pursue the trend of the world, lusting for wealth and reputation, and focusing on eating, drinking, and having fun. The Bible says, “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries” (Heb 10:26-27). “…and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Heb 12:14). From these, we can understand that though we have been redeemed by Jesus, it does not mean that we are without sin for our sinful nature still exists. The Lord is holy. If we cannot achieve purification, we cannot become those who follow the , and surely we cannot enter the heavenly kingdom. The Bible says, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God” (1Pe 4:17). Obviously, the Lord will judge mankind. We need to accept God’s judgment and salvation in . Only if we completely break free from sin and become those who are in line with God’s heart, will we be eligible to enter the heavenly kingdom.
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Now, disasters are occurring frequently everywhere. In the Philippines, the pandemic and the famine have not passed yet and powerful Typhoon Molave, Goni and Tropical Storm Atsani have landed. Biblical prophecies of the coming of the Lord have been fulfilled. It stands to reason that the Lord has returned—so why have we yet to welcome His arrival? Will we not be plunged into the great tribulation if this carries on? And just what should we do to welcome the Lord’s coming?