And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye
that work iniquity. Matt 7:23 KJV
A place for miracles? It's listed in I Corinthians as one of the gifts of
the spirit. Clearly the Lord Jesus has not ceased to heal and deliver.
We also see many televangelists proclaim they are healing the sick and
casting out demons. The passage in Matthew 7: 21-23 used to scare me. How
could anyone who did miracles in the name of the Lord be lost eternally?
Could I be deceived by such a person, Lord?
"By their fruit you shall know them."
The Hebrew word "yada" means to share love that bears fruit. It
is first found in Genesis regarding Adam and Eve. When Jesus told those who
claimed they worked miracles and cast out demons in His name, "I never
knew (yada) you, ye workers of iniquity," He was saying that he never
saw them bear the fruit of sharing intimacy with Him. Instead they
practiced iniquity, which means to be unjust and unequal in our dealings
The workers of iniquity are those who eat up God's people like bread, Psalm
14:4, speak peace when mischief is in their hearts (Psalm 28:3), and lay
snares for the saints (Psalm 141:9).
The money Judas received for betraying Jesus is called "the reward of
iniquity" (Acts 1:18).
Judas was among the twelve whom Jesus sent out to preach, heal the sick,
and cast out demons in (Luke 9). Yet even after this, Judas worked
Help Lord. Call me back to abiding in You when the thorns and thistles of
earthly cares sometimes choke out the Word's productivity in me. Let me
share the intimacy of love with You, and be a fruitful branch.