A careful examination of Matthew 7:21-23 reveals that Jesus is not God. In fact, it shows Jesus as a lesser one who himself has a God.
in this article, I am going to show you how one can read from Matthew 7:21-23 and use it to effectively show “Trinitarians” that Jesus is not God. (Most of them aren’t going to believe you because they choose to believe otherwise) Please permit me to quote the passage:
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
Jesus Referring To Those Who Claim They Know Him
It should be noted that Jesus is referring to those who would claim to be his followers or disciples; not non-followers. We see this in the expression “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name …”
Notice what these persons will be proclaiming: They will proclaim to do the works of prophesying, casting out of demons, and performance of miracles in his name. Oh no! These things should be done in the name of The Father.
I Never Knew You
Why would Jesus make this statement to them? The answer is right there in verse 21:
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Jesus says he never knew them because they did not do the will of his Father in heaven.
How Does This Show That Jesus Is Not God?
It is quite simple: Today, millions of persons claiming to be followers of Christ make him God alongside the Father. That they believe Jesus to be God, then, implies that in their minds they must do the will of Jesus. Yet, the very reason Jesus said that he would not know them is because they did not do the will of his Father.
When Jesus came on the earthly scene, he came not to do his will, but the will of the One who sent him: His Father in heaven. At John 6:38 Jesus says:
For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.
Additionally, at John 4:34 Jesus says:
My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.
With so many conditioned and indoctrinated into believing that Jesus is God, in their minds, it is his will that they take upon themselves of accomplishing. Yet, Jesus said that it is not his will, but the will of his Father in heaven that he does.
What a shock it will be to believe that one knows the Christ only to have him say to them, “I never knew you.” For if one truly knew Jesus – The Son of God – then they would know that it is not his will that they should be seeking to accomplish, but the will and work of the One who sent him.
When one makes the expression, “Give your life to the Lord,” they do not know what they are saying. They are essentially saying to do Jesus’ will.
Matthew 7:21-23 shows that Jesus is not God because he acknowledges the will of another; one who is greater than he: His Father in heaven. If Jesus were God, then it would be his own will that he would have directed his followers to accomplish.
God Rested In The Seventh Day, Jesus Was Sent To Finish It
Notice at John 4:34 Jesus said: “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”
We know that God rested from his works by the seventh day. So who would finish His work? Who would finish the seventh day? Jesus [the] Christ himself. What does Jesus say of himself concerning the Sabbath Day? Jesus at Matthew 12:8 says:
For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.
Jesus [the] Christ has been assigned by His Father in heaven to finish His work. That work is to conclude as the Father did the first six creative days, the seventh day: “The evening and the morning, a seventh day.” A statement God has not yet made. Why? Because we are in the seventh (Sabbath) day.
The Sabbath is not a literal 24-hour day as the system of religion called by men, Christianity, teach. It is an epoch of time. Jesus [the] Christ, The Son of God is the Lord of that day. He will bring it to a conclusion. That is the will of the Father and his work. It should be the desire of Christs followers to join him in carrying out the will of his God and our God: The Father in heaven.
It is not Jesus’ will that we seek to accomplish, but the will of our Father in heaven who is God.
1 Cor 8:6 shows the Father as being that one God:
Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
No one of importance. A disciple (student) of Christ apart from the established religious systems who reasons, thinks and concludes matters for myself. Something is not right with the state of religion in the world. The real dichotomy is that we live in a world so full of religion, yet is an evil, immoral, and dangerous place to live. A mental and spiritual separation from this world that Jesus said his kingdom is no part of is the first step to a "break-through" to freedom and entry into a much larger spiritual world where God and Christ resides and the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of God can be accessed.