THE SABBATH BREAKER BEFORE THE LORD?
Imagine you are standing before the Lord and you see people trying to defend themselves by saying:
“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 Jesus said to them:
“I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. And then a man kneels before Jesus and says:
“ Lord, Lord did I not keep the spirit of the Sabbath commandment even though I broke the letter of the law by working on the Sabbath day?”
And Jesus said: “Did you know the ten commandments?”
Jesus: “Did you know that I warned my people that the penalty for breaking the Sabbath was the same as for murder?”
Jesus: Did you know my apostle James said that if you offended in one of the ten commandments you were guilty of all?
Jesus: “Did you know that James said if you keep kept one commandment but did not keep another you became a transgressor of the law?”
Man: “Yes – but Lord I kept the spirit of the law…
Jesus: “Depart from me you worker of iniquity!
Mat 7:22 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?
Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Who are those who “work iniquity"? This word comes from the Greek "Anomia" which means illegality or violation of the law and generally wickedness. The apostle John used the same word "Anomia" to give us a clear definition of what true "sin" is. He said:
"...sin is the transgression of the law." (anomia) John 3:4 KJV
Therefore, a literal translation of what Jesus is going to declare to those who are the workers of iniquity is "I never KNEW you, depart from Me you that transgress the law.”
Jam 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Jam 2:11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.