Depart from me

Part 2 in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

“Depart from Me”

Matthew 7:23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Perhaps the most horrifying words in all of Scripture: “Depart from me”.

  1. The setting here is the Great White Throne Judgement of God.  The judgement of the lost – those that did not receive Christ as their Savior.
  2. The judge is Jesus Christ and He will judge the lost from the Lamb’s Book of Life.  Only those who have put their faith and trust in Christ and Christ alone will find their names contained in this Book.
  3. The subjects here are the lost from all time.  From history past, from today, from the Tribulation period and from the Millennial Kingdom.  One final judgement of the lost.  (Revelation 20)
  4. The verdict is eternal damnation in the Lake of Fire.
  5. However – there is Hope!  Our hope is in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Belief and acceptance in the free gift of salvation.  Notice what the lost in Matthew 7:22 put their faith in:  Have WE not prophesied, have WE not cast out devils,  have WE not done many wonderful works?   Their faith was in their WORKS – However their fate was determined NOT by their works but by the Lambs’s Book of Life – in Christ alone!

**Here is the audio from Sunday morning 4/10/2016


…but I found none (Ezekiel 22:30)

Ezekiel 22:30

30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

God was looking for someone – just one – to stand in that gap. Someone willing to stand up for truth and righteousness.  Sadly – there was no one.  Not one was willing to stand up and be counted.

  1. God uses people.  That in and of itself should encourage us.  God does not need to use people – rather God chooses to use people. Often – God is just looking for one willing person.
  2. God found no one on this particular day.  No one that was willing. How very sad.
  3. The Bible though gives us a number of examples when God did find someone willing to step up:
    1. Aaron was willing to stand between the dead and the living while the plague was upon the Israelite camp (Numbers 16:48)
    2. Esther was willing to risk her life for her nation and go into the kings presence uninvited (Esther 4:14)
    3. Nehemiah was willing to tackle the job of rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 2)
  4. Is God looking around where you are?  Is He looking for someone to step up in your family, in your workplace, in your community or in your church?

Here is the audio from the Sunday morning message:


The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!

This past Sunday we began a new sermon series with the name: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!

There are a number of passages in The Word of God that are extremely sad and heartbreaking passages.  These are the foundation of this sermon series.  Each week we will look at a verse and focus on the Good and the Bad and sometimes the Ugly.

These verses include:

“Depart from me, I never knew you”

     ” I searched for a man among them … but I found none”

     “but Amnon had a friend” (a very bad friend)

     ” the Spirit departed Saul”

     ” take up your cross daily and follow”

Each week during this series I will follow up with a post sharing the link to the audio and some additional notes on the subject.