“And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
King James Version (KJV)
7:23 I never knew you - There never was a time that I approved of you: so that as many souls as they had saved, they were themselves never saved from their sins. Lord, is it my case? #Luke 13:27|.
Mt 7:23 I never knew you. "I never knew you" must be accepted in its deeper signification of "recognizing the disciples". Augustine says that for Christ to say, "I never knew you", is only another way of saying, "You never knew me". Depart from me, ye that work iniquity. In spite of all their professions they had been evil doers. Their religion expended itself in professions and prayers. Hence, in "that day" they are commanded to depart. What it is to so depart we may learn from Mt 25:41. It is evident from this passage that many are self-deceived.