“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
This passage demonstrates that there are professing “Christians” out there right now who are not saved.
It shows us that unbelievers can confess that Jesus is Lord and even perform miracles. Non-Christians can perform many of the same “good works” as a Christian and even wholeheartedly believe that they are a Christian, yet still be unsaved.
The go-to verse for salvation is Romans 10:9 “that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
Verse 10 clarifies, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
The key to salvation is not just confessing that Jesus Christ is Lord, but believing in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead.
Head belief is not heart belief. We can know the Gospel, but that is not the same as living it.
If we are truly saved, then the “fruits of the spirit” in Galatians 5 should manifest through our actions as we grow closer to Christ.
If your thoughts, behaviors, and life have not changed since you were “saved,” you might consider whether or not you truly believe the gospel in your HEART and become truly saved today.