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It is not anyone who says: Lord, Lord, who will enter the Kingdom of heaven

“It is not anyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” who will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven” (Mt 7:21).

The above mentioned verse and those that follow it appear in the Jerusalem Bible under the heading of “the true disciple”.

There are Biblical texts apparently complicated of understanding and interpretation, but this one is not the case. The Lord is very clear in these verses and warns us very seriously about who is a true disciple and who is a false one. The Lord goes directly to the point and makes it very clear who in His opinion, which is the one that counts, are the true disciples.

It is good and right to call Jesus ‘Lord’ as we have seen in the past themes, referring to the words of the same Lord: “You call me Master and Lord, and rightly because I am”, but the fact of calling Jesus ‘Lord’ does not assure that our relationship with Him is that of disciple-Lord. In addition, and this is indeed important, we have to do the will of God. This is the difference between saying and doing. It is not enough to call Jesus ‘Lord’, but it is necessary to do what the Lord said. That is why some of those who call Him ‘Lord’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, while others not, as verse 21 tells.

With this statement, the Lord leads us to make an exam of our life, because I have to ask myself in which of the two groups I find myself, in the one of those who call Jesus, ‘Lord’ or in the one of those who in addition do His will? This is not something secondary, or the least, for here among others things it is at stake our entering or not the Kingdom of Heaven.
We should not think that those who only say ‘Lord’ are the pagans, while those who do the will of God are the Christians. In this passage the Lord is referring to the disciples, or better, in the first case to the false disciples and in the second case to the true disciples. This is clear in verses 22-23: “When the day comes many will say to me “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, drive out demons in your name, work many miracles in your name? Then I shall tell them on their faces: I have never known you: away from me evil doers!” The presentation letter of these seems difficult to surpass: prophesy in the name of the Lord, casting out of demons, working miracles in His name… Supposedly, they acknowledge in their lives the lordship of Jesus and think that they are good disciples of Jesus, and thus their amazement and surprise before the hard words of Jesus. Those who thought that they had followed the Lord and knew Him and were acting in His name, were not known by the Lord himself! Could there be anything more disappointing?

Neither the confessing of Jesus Christ as Lord, on one hand, nor the doing of power works as these verses relate, on the other, guaranty that behind them is an authentic disciple. What guarantees it is that the person does the will of God. This does not mean that that confessing the lordship of Jesus is not important, in fact we should do it- for the Word of God says so (cf Rom 10:9), nor that we should not do works of power, for the Word of God also says that the Kingdom of God does not consist in words, but in power (cf 1 Cor 4:20), but the true disciple is characterized by the search of holiness, or if preferred, because he lives doing the will of God.

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