What Jesus Meant By “Depart From Me, I Never Knew You”

Episode 36 Show Notes
How Can We Know That Jesus Won’t Say He Never Knew Us?

From the Show

Does our love make a difference in God's love for us?

Our love does not make a difference in God's love for us. And isn't that wonderful news. We're told, for example, in 1 John 4:10 “In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins." I love the statement that was made centuries ago by Augustine. He said "God does not look for someone to love. He does not love us because we are lovely. Rather in loving us he makes us lovely." It's because God is lovely. It's because he's beautiful. It's because he's tender and kind and gracious, not because we are, that he loves us. — Michael Horton​

Questions in this Episode

1. What advice do you have for someone who wants to be a worship leader and write new music?

2. What advice do you have about learning and even disagreeing with people who take very different views on important matters?

3. To what extent is the Old Testament still of value to us since we have the New Testament and the Bible says that the Old Covenant has passed away and things like animal sacrifices and the laws that applied to Israel as a nation don’t apply to us?

4. What is your favorite parable in the Bible? Why?

5. I have always been troubled by Matthew 7:21–23. How can we know that Jesus will not say that he never knew us? What makes the faithful Christian different from the people who worked miracles in Jesus name yet didn’t know him?

6. Does our love make a difference in God’s love for us?

Resources

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