At a funeral I attended, the speakers admitted that the deceased was a hard man. “The most stubborn man most of us have ever met” is how one put it. That about summed it up for me.
However, both the man’s brother and his pastor gave testimony that “he knew the Lord.” One said, “I asked him just a few weeks ago. He assured me that he knew the Lord.”
I certainly hope that’s right.
However, one has to wonder if a more accurate expression might be “whether the Lord knows us.” After all, in our Matthew 7:23 text, the issue is not whether the people claimed to know Jesus, but that He did not know them.
The question is not whether you know Jesus. Rather, the question is whether Jesus knows you. You might say, “Pastor, I know Jesus.” But does Jesus know you? Jesus will say to the false prophets, “I never knew you.”
Then He will say, “Depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.” The word, “lawlessness” (Gk. anomia) means “‘to live as though there were no laws,’ ‘to refuse completely to obey the laws,’ or ‘to live as one who despises all laws.’” (Louw-Nida) Lawlessness then is refusing to submit to the will of the Father. That is the mindset of false prophets. They refuse to obey the rules of God.
They call Jesus, “Lord.” They are sincere. They perform mighty miracles. Yes, they bless people. But they disobey the will of the Father. They live outside of the law of God. They twist the Word of God to their advantage. They use the Word to advance their agenda. They follow their own selfish will. They think like that and live like that. That is why Jesus calls them, “workers of lawlessness.”
Jesus gave this warning to His disciples. Entrance into the kingdom is not by saying the right passwords. It is not by our sincere religiosity. It is not even by performing signs and wonders.
Rather, entrance into the kingdom is by doing the will of the Father. The will of the Father is to trust Jesus as your Savior. It is to obey God’s will as taught by Jesus. To obey the will of the Father is to be known by Jesus. To disobey the will of the Father is to be unrecognized by Jesus. It is a dreadful thing to be rejected by Christ.
 Joe McKeever, “So You Know Jesus, Do You?” Cited September 19, 2015. Online: http://joemckeever.com/wp/so-you-know-jesus-do-you/#more-1606.