One of the most disturbing thoughts to me is that of being surprised on the Day of Judgment. There will be those who are absolutely shocked to find out that God actually does exist. There will be those who believed God existed but never paid much attention to Him. There will be those who believed God existed but bought into other worldly religions and did not give their lives to Jesus Christ, acknowledging Him as the Son of God AND God in the flesh. According to Scripture all of these people I’ve mentioned will be shut out from the presence of God for eternity (2 Thess. 1:9). That is disturbing to think of but I get it. They have not loved God’s Son. And they’ve rejected God’s salvation on His terms. He doesn’t owe any of us salvation.
The passage that sends chills up my spine is Matthew 7:21-23. I’ve said in sermons before that passage and the one about teachers being judged more severely in James are the most terrifying passages in the Bible to me.
In this passage in Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus said that there will be those who will be shut out from God’s presence for eternity who have even confessed Jesus as Lord. AND, some of these people will have done mighty acts in His name and still be lost. That is unsettling. It makes me wonder, how confident can I be of my salvation. Yet John wrote in 1 John 5:13 “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.” Jesus said in Matt. 7:23 that the problem was that He never knew those people. That means that they had made their confession and had done religious activities without developing a relationship with Him. He used a word that meant more than head knowledge. It was a knowledge of deep intimacy. May God help us to pursue intimacy with Him and a constant awareness of His presence in our lives so we can know we have eternal life.