Jesus only “knows” believers who are obedient

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’, shall enter the kingdom of heaven,
but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day,
‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name,
and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them,
‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
… But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them,
will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:
and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and
beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:21-27, NKJV)

I never knew you who practice lawlessness, break God’s laws, act wickedly
Matthew 7:23, “knew” >> to know, “ginosko”, Strong’s #1097.
From “Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words” …
“to know, ‘ginosko’, Strong’s #1097: “here the ‘knowing’ suggests approval and
bears the meaning ‘to be approved’ in 2 Tim 2:19; cf. John 10:14, John 10:27”
“The Lord knows (approves of) those who are His” (2 Timothy 2:19)
“I know (approve of) My sheep, and am known by My own.” (John 10:14)
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know (approve of) them, and they follow Me.
And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish …” (John 10:27-28)
Matt 7:23 (NASB) “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.”
Matt 7:23 (NLT) “I never knew you. Get away from Me, you who break God’s laws.”
Matt 7:23 (TLB) “You have never been Mine. Go away, for your deeds are evil.”
Matt 7:23 (AMP) “depart from Me, you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands].”

Jesus has never approved of those so-called “believers” …
who “practice lawlessness” instead of practicing righteousness!
“In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest:
whoever does NOT practice righteousness is NOT of God” (1 John 3:10)
Do you really believe practicing righteousness includes habitually sinning?

Great was the fall
Those who hear Jesus’ sayings, but don’t do them, have a great fall.
Is this fall from salvation, or from rewards? Lol

If you really know Jesus, you love Him and obey His commandments

John 14:15, 21, 23, 24 • “If anyone loves Me, he will obey My word (commandments).”
John 8:31 • “If you abide in (obey) My word, you are My disciples indeed.”
John 8:51 • “Most assuredly … if anyone obeys My word he shall never see death.”

Matthew 19:17 • “But if you want to enter into (eternal) life, obey the commandments.”
Luke 8:21 • “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and obey it.”
Luke 11:28 • “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it!”
Luke 8:15 • “But the ones (hearers of the word of God) that fell on the good ground
are those who … obey it and bear fruit with patience.”

Hebrews 5:9 • “He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.”
James 1:21 • “But be obeyers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”
Romans 8:4, NLT • “So now we are able to obey God’s laws, if we follow after the Holy Spirit”

1 John 2:3 • “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we obey His commandments.
1 John 2:17 • “… but he who obeys the will of God abides forever.”
1 John 3:24 • “Now he who obeys His commandments abides in Him, and He in him.”

So, whose slave do you choose to be? …(a slave) of sin leading to death,
OR (a slave) of obedience leading to righteousness” (Romans 6:16)

To the grace-only believer
Don’t you care if Jesus “knows” (approves of) you or not?
Do you really believe that you’re going to heaven regardless?
Part of being “lukewarm” is NOT obeying Jesus’ commandments!
It’s all selfishness … not caring anything about the wishes of our Savior.
Jesus says: If you are a lukewarm believer, you think you are A-OK, but …
“you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:17).