Does He Know You? – Pastor Stacey Shiflett

Does He Know You?

Psalm 139 and Matthew 7:23

Intro: We often ask people when we are witnessing if they know the Lord.

This is a discreet way of asking them if they have ever been introduced to Him and if they have ever accepted Him as their Lord and Savior.

But in these verses, we are faced with a sobering statement.

Jesus stated in Matthew 7:23 that one day, he “…will profess unto them, I never knew you…”

We will come to that verse in a minute. Before we do, let’s look at the context.

This chapter is filled with TWO’s.

  • Two different eyes with two different sets of problems – vs. 3-5
  • The holy and the unholy – vs. 6
  • Two different gates – vs. 13, 14
  • Two different trees with two different kinds of fruit – vs. 15-20
  • Two different kinds of works – vs. 22, 23
  • Two different houses with two different foundations. – vs. 24-27

There are only two groups of people in here this morning:

Saved people and unsaved people.

People with genuine salvation experiences and people with false salvation experiences.

I. The Confirmation – vs. 21 “Not every one that saith…but he that doeth…”

  • Matthew 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

Jesus was quoting Isaiah 29:13:

  • Isaiah 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

Notice our text:

  • 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
  • 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
  • 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Jesus placed a lot of emphasis on those that demonstrated their faith by their DOING.

Mark 3

  • 31 here came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him.
  • 32 And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee.
  • 33 And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren?
  • 34 And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
  • 35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

II. The Confusion – vs. 22 “Many will say to me in that day have we not…”

This is one of the most heartbreaking verses in the Bible.

“…in that day…” is Jesus referring to the Great White Throne Judgment which is found in Revelation 20:11.

This judgment takes place at the end of the Thousand Year Reign.

The only people here are unbelievers.

The Saints of God have already been through the Bema Seat, or the Judgment Seat of Christ after the rapture.

The word “many” here is what is so heartbreaking.

We know that word “many” has been used throughout scripture to describe the unsaved.

Matthew 7

  • 13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
  • 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

We know that there are many that HAVE NEVER HEARD.

We know that there are man that HAVE NEVER PROFESSED CHRIST.

That is heartbreaking enough.

But this verse is talking about another group of “many.”

This crowd HAD heard about Jesus.

This crowd HAD called Him LORD.

This crowd HAD gotten involved in ministry.

This crowd HAD done many wonderful works.

And this crowd HAD died and gone to Hell.

Notice their list of works:

  • Have we not prophesied in thy name?
  • And in thy name have cast our devils?
  • And in thy name done many wonderful works?

They are standing before Jesus Christ at the Great White Throne Judgment and they are so confused.

You may be listening to day and you are also confused.

You say…but the Bible says in Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

That is true.

But Jesus also said that “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

You say, but I believe in God!

  • James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

III. The Calamity – vs. 23 “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you…”

The more I think about that statement, the more it intrigued me.

We believe that God is Omniscient.

There is nothing that God does not know.

  • 1 John 3:20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.

Jesus is reaffirming His deity in these verses.

  • He acknowledges that people will call Him, Lord, Lord in verse 21.
  • He acknowledges that “in that day” many will be saying to Him, Lord, Lord. vs. 22
  • He acknowledges that He will be the judge on judgment day. vs. 22, 23

We understand that Jesus was the God-man.

He had Divine attributes even as a man.

John 2

  • 24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,
  • 25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

Turn to Luke 13:22-30

  • 23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,
  • 24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
  • 25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
  • 26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.
  • 27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
  • 28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.

Jesus knows His sheep.

  • John 10:14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
  • 2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

There is nothing more catastrophic than for God to look at you and say, I never knew you.

The God that sees the birds when they fall from their nest looking at you and saying, I never knew you.

The God that knows when the tiny sea creatures die and fall to the ocean floor looking at you and saying, I never knew you.

The God that said in Isaiah 46:10 “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done…” looking at you and saying, I never knew you.


Salvation is not making a religious commitment.

Salvation is not just praying a prayer – saying the right words.

Salvation is not considering yourself a follower of Christ. Judas Iscariot did that for 3 ½ years.

Salvation is not doing good works, taking care of people, serving people, all in the name of Jesus Christ.

Salvation is not just a head knowledge of what Jesus did and Who He is.

There are two groups of people here today; people with fruit of salvation and people without fruit.


Jesus said it twice (vs. 16, 20) (in the chapter that starts with JUDGE NOT)

Jesus told us that we would KNOW THEM by their fruits.

Then Jesus said, I never knew you.

They didn’t have any fruit.
Bro. Sammy Allen used to say, “No root, no fruit.”

Matthew 13 says they had fruit; some hundred-fold, some sixty-fold and some thirty-fold.

But there is no such thing as a NO FRUIT Christian.

If I lived like some Christians, I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night doubting my salvation.

Some of you don’t ever doubt your salvation. That’s fine. A bunch of us are doubting it for you.

The chapter ends with Matthew 7:28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: