What Are the Two Scariest Verses in the Bible???
I just watched a preacher rant and rave on Facebook about what he considers to be the two scariest verses in the Bible.
Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Matthew 7:21-23 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.’
After listening to him preach on these two passages for a while I feel compelled as a Bible Teacher to correct the wrong doctrine that I heard.
So, let me begin by saying this…
There is nothing scary in the Bible for the Born Again Believer!
Only the ignorant and uninformed are scared by Bible passages.
What Jesus said in Matthew 6:14-15 was directed to His disciples who were still under the Old Covenant.
The Old Covenant was CONDITIONAL, meaning IF Israel did what God said THEN they would receive blessings BUT if they did NOT do as He instructed they would be cursed.
That’s why in Matt 6:14-15 Jesus taught forgiveness the way He did.
One simple fact that most Christians fail to realize is that all of Jesus’ teachings while here on earth were specifically to His Jewish Disciples under the Old Covenant.
After He died for our sins and was resurrected in glory the Covenant was CHANGED!
The New Covenant was explained largely through the letters of Paul and the other New Testament writers.
Under the New Covenant which Jesus died to ratify, the principle of forgiveness is different.
Here’s what God says about forgiveness under the New Covenant, “Instead, be kind and merciful, and forgive others, just as God forgave you because of Christ.” Ephesians 4:32 CEV
Notice what God says here, you are already forgiven because of CHRIST not because YOU forgave others.
This New Testament command is superior to the Old Testament command given in Matt 6 because now you are forgiving others simply because it is the right thing to do!
You are no longer forgiving others because you want to be forgiven yourself.
The New Covenant teachings says, You are already forgiven because of what Jesus has done for you, now take what you have freely received and go out and freely give it to others!
The Bible confirms, “Jesus has now obtained a more superior ministry, since the covenant he mediates is founded on better promises (than the Old Covenant). Hebrews 8:6
As a Born Again Christian you are permanently forgiven by God because of Jesus’ eternal sacrifice at Calvary. There is nothing you have to do nor CAN do to earn God’s forgiveness… It’s done!
Now that you know this, you have a greater incentive to go out and forgive others which is the love of God you have already received!
The people who are claiming to have done all these wonderful works are religious people but NOT Born Again Believers.
Scripture clearly proves this because Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me. John 10:14
We know that these people in Matt 7:21 were never Born Again Christians because Jesus said to them, “I NEVER knew you.”
If He never knew them then they were never His sheep, they were never Born Again.
Christians… Hear me!!!
Anyone preaching, teaching, quoting scriptures that bring fear and intimidation to you is NOT properly schooled and needs to have their doctrine corrected.
Do NOT listen to preachers who are misquoting the word of God and using it to intimidate you. They may be well-meaning and very sincere in their efforts but they are sincerely wrong!
The New Covenant established with the shed blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is about God’s love to and for us and how much He wants us to come back to Him and belong to His family once more.
Make NO mistake… God has never and will NEVER compromise with sin!
But that’s the very reason why He poured out ALL His wrath on Jesus Christ!
Jesus took ALL of God’s judgment on the cross!
If He took all God’s judgment at Calvary then why are you living in fear of God’s judgment still?
God spent all His judgment on Jesus, there is no more for you!
There is therefore now NO condemnation to YOU who are in Christ Jesus!!!
The Bible commands us Born Again Christians to live holy BECAUSE we are redeemed NOT because we are TRYING to get redeemed!
Stop putting the cart before the horse… you have it backwards, because you have been taught wrong for years!
Open your eyes and come into the light!
It is the fear of God’s judgment and the spirit of condemnation that has been holding you back from experiencing your full potential in Christ Jesus!
Be LOOSED in Jesus Name!!! AMEN!!!