"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter," (Matthew 7:21).
* At the heart of this startling teaching from the lips of our Lord lies the supreme importance He places on obedience. Indeed, doing the will of the Father is a key indication of genuine salvation. The one who claims to be born again, yet lives in habitual disobedience to the Word, demonstrates his lack of conversion.
Regeneration results in a life-style of obedience.
* Verbal recognition of the Savior's lordship, without the life of obedience behind it, has the hollow ring of self-deception to it. A life-style of obedience is a key characteristic of genuine regeneration. Our Lord commands more than the root of verbage --- He requires the fruit of obedience.