What is the will of the Father in Matt. 7:21?
A previous study entitled, “Seeking God’s Will” will help you understand the will of the Father and provide some important background information for the answer of your question.
Not Many Ways
In Matthew 7:21 Jesus has given us a very serious warning.
Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. (NASB) Matt. 7:21
No one is going to heaven unless he or she is doing the Father’s will. What is the will of the Father? The previous study “Seeking God’s Will” explains at least five “wills of God” that appear in the New Testament. But only Christians can do the will of God. That means the most important will of the Father is . . .
And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. (NASB) 1 John 3:23
And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved. (NASB) Acts 4:12
God desires that every man and woman believe in Jesus Christ. There are not many ways to God. There is only one way. Only by believing in Jesus Christ will any person go to heaven.
Jesus’ statement is a great surprise because He says that a person might even do miracles and cast out demons in the name of God and still not get into heaven.
Many will say to Me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?” “And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.” (NASB) Matt. 7:22-23
Jesus even tells us in Matthew 12:27 that the sons of the Jewish leaders were casting out demons. Were they casting out demons in God’s name? Did they believe in Jesus? The answer is most likely no. Jesus is making a significant statement. You may think that you are doing miracles in God’s name, but that does not mean you belong to Him.
The only ones who are going to heaven are those who really believe that Jesus is God, died for our sins, and returned to life. How you live your life is the proof that you really believe and depend on Jesus to forgive your sins. How you live your life or the things you do – even miracles and casting out demons – will not take you to heaven. God wants all men and women to be with Him in heaven when they die. Only those who believe in Jesus and are depending on Him for salvation will go there, and they are the ones who will do the will of the Father. God wants an intimate relationship with you. If you respond to God and He is really your friend, you will do His will.