That not everyone who expects to make it into Christ’s kingdom will.
“Some of the most sobering words of Jesus are about those who will not be allowed to enter the kingdom of heaven,” teaches Hess, “In Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus said, ‘Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’’ What could be worse than hearing these words from Jesus? At the end, there will be many people who will think they are in because of their ministry credentials. And Jesus will say, ‘I never knew you’ and call them ‘workers of lawlessness.’ Their repentance was in word only. They acted like followers, but didn’t have a saving relationship with Christ based on faith and repentance as the foundation of their lives. Jesus said there will be many people in this terrifying condition, living their lives thinking they were in and finding out in the final analysis they weren’t.”