Question: Jesus says that one day He will say to certain people, “I never knew you.” Doesn’t this alone prove that Jesus isn’t God? How could God, who knows everything, possibly say He never knew someone?
Response: Obviously, Jesus isn’t referring to general knowledge about someone, but a special knowing. That special meaning is defined by Jesus: “I...know my sheep, and am known of mine....My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish” (Jn:10:14;27-28). When Christ one day says to many, “I never knew you” (Mt 7:23), He unquestionably will mean they were never His sheep, they never belonged to Him, He never gave them eternal life—not that He never knew who they were.