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A GREAT TRUE STORY OF THE MEANING OF MATTHEW 25: 31 - 46.
IT’S PRETTY SIMPLE TO READ THIS PASSAGE AND UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS; NO FANCY INTERPRETATION NEEDED; WHY A CHILD CAN UNDERSTAND IT.
THERE ARE SAD TO SAY, SOME “MINISTERS” WHO USE WORDS LIKE LEGALIST AND LEGALISTIC TOWARDS PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF, WHO TEACH WE ARE TO OBEY THE COMMANDMENTS, STATUTES, PRECEPTS, AND LAWS OF THE ETERNAL GOD.
THEY MAY EVEN SAY I TEACH A WAY OF SALVATION BY WORKS.
THESE ARE SUPPOSED MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL.
I SAY “SUPPOSED” MINISTERS BECAUSE IN FACT THEY ARE ANYTHING BUT; THEIR “THEOLOGY” IS FROM PLANET PLUTO! THOUSANDS ARE TAKEN IN MY THEIR SMOOTH TALKING AND VERSES OF THE BIBLE, THE NEW TESTAMENT SPECIFICALLY, OUT OF CONTEXT WITHIN THE PASSAGE ITSELF, AND OUT OF CONTEXT WITH THE WHOLE BIBLE.
THESE ARE PREACHERS WHO I HAVE TO QUESTION IF THEY’VE EVER READ THE WORDS OF JESUS IN THE FOUR GOSPELS.
HAVE YOU READ THE WORDS OF JESUS?
HOW MUCH TIME HAVE YOU SPENT IN READING THE WORDS OF CHRIST?
IF YOU HAVE A RED LETTER NEW TESTAMENT, THE WORDS OF JESUS ARE IN RED.
SO IT’S VERY EASY TO READ WHAT JESUS SAID AND DID.
I WAS RAISED IN A CHURCH OF ENGLAND SCHOOL; AND WENT TO A LOCAL SUNDAY SCHOOL CHURCH, FROM AGE 7. THIS WAS WAY BACK IN THE 1940s and 1950s. IT WAS NOT UNTIL I WAS ABOUT 13 THAT AN ADULT GAVE ME A RED LETTER NEW TESTAMENT. IT WAS SO EASY TO READ THE WORDS OF CHRIST. I MADE IT A HABIT TO READ SOME OF JESUS’ WORDS EACH NIGHT BEFORE I FELL ASLEEP. SO DURING MY TEENS I HAD READ THE WORDS OF CHRIST OVER AND OVER AND OVER.
I HAD READ MATTHEW 25: 31-46 MANY TIMES THROUGH MY TEENAGE YEARS.
THEY ARE SIMPLE TO UNDERSTAND WORDS, NO THEOLOGY DEGREE NEEDED.
When the Son of Man comes in His glory (His majesty and splendor), and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.
All nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them [the people] from one another as a shepherd separates his sheep from the goats; [Ezek. 34:17.]
And He will cause the sheep to stand at His right hand, but the goats at His left.
Then the King will say to those at His right hand.
Come, you blessed of My Father [you favored of God and appointed to eternal salvation], inherit (receive as your own) the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you brought Me together with yourselves and welcomed and entertained and 'lodged Me,'
I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me with help and ministering care, I was in prison and you came to see Me.
Then the just and upright will answer Him, Lord, when did we see You hungry and gave You food, or thusrsty and gave You something to drink?
And when did we see You a stranger and welcomed and entertained You, Or naked and clothed You?
And when did we see You sick or in prison and came to visit You?
And the King will reply to them, Truly I tell you, in so for as you did it for one of the least ['in the estimation of men] of these My brethren, you did it for Me. [Prov. 19:17.]
Then He will say to those at His left hand, Begone from Me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels!
For I was hungry and you gave Me no food, I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink,
I was a stranger and you did not welcome Me and entertain Me, I was naked and you did not clothe Me, I was sick and in prison and you did not visit Me with help and ministering care.
Then they also [in their turn] will answer, Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?
And He will reply to them. Solemnly I declare to you, in so for as you failed to do it for the least ['in the estimation of men] of these, you failed to do it for Me. [Prov. 14:31; 17:5.]
Then they will go away into eternal punishment, but those who are just and upright and in right standing with God into eternal He.
THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE
THE LAST VERSE IN THE KJV IS——
“AND THESE SHALL GO AWAY INTO EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT; BUT THE RIGHTEOUS INTO LIFE ETERNAL”
DO YOU KNOW THE BIBLE DEFINITION OF “RIGHTEOUSNESS”?
WELL YOU CAN FIND IT IN PSALM 119: 172.
SIMPLE WORDS FROM JESUS!
NOW DO YOU DARE SAY THAT JESUS WAS BEING LEGALISTIC?
DO YOU HAVE THE VAIN SILLY MIND-SET TO SAY JESUS WAS A LEGALIST?
IT SHOULD BE EASY TO UNDERSTAND THESE WORDS OF CHRIST!
NO JESUS DID NOT TEACH A SALVATION BY WORKS!
THE BASIC OUTLINE OF SALVATION IS GIVEN TO YOU IN 1 JOHN 1 AND INTO CHAPTER 2—— READ IT!
YOU CAN KEEP THE LAWS AND COMMANDMENTS OF GOD PERFECT FOR A WEEK, A MONTH, A YEAR; BUT WHEN YOU SIN ONE SIN, YOU COME UNDER THE DEATH SENTENCE, AND NO AMOUNT OF PERFECT LAW KEEPING WILL EARN YOU FORGIVENESS OF THAT ONE SIN. NO AMOUNT OF LAW KEEING IN THE PAST CAN FORGIVE YOU OF THAT SIN.
YOU CAN OBEY THE SPEED LIMIT LAW PERFECT FOR A MONTH OR A YEAR, OR MANY YEARS; BUT BREAK IT AND THE POLICE HAVE THE RIGHT TO GIVE YOU A PENALTY, AND ALL YOUR OBEDIENCE DOES NOT GIVE YOU GRACE FROM THAT INFRACTION; AND THE POLICE ARE NOT EVEN BOTHERED ABOUT HOW MANY TIMES YOU OBEYED THE SPEED LIMIT LAW, IN THE PAST.
SO YOU ARE INDEED SAVED BY GRACE!
I HAVE A FULL IN-DEPTH ARTICLE CALLED “SAVED BY GRACE” ON THIS WEBSITE UNDER THE ‘LAW AND GRACE - SALVATION’ SECTION.
BACK TO JESUS AND HIS TEACHING IN MATTHEW 25.
JESUS IS TEACHING THAT SOMEONE WHO CLAIMS TO BE A “CHRISTIAN” - A FOLLOWER OF GOD THE FATHER AND CHRIST, HAS TO BE LIVING A LIFE-STYLE THAT IS THE CHARACTER OF GOD.
JESUS TAUGHT THAT THE FATHER GIVES THE RAIN, THE SUNSHINE, TO THE JUST AND UNJUST.
JESUS TAUGHT THAT NOT EVEN A BIRD FALLING ESCAPES THE NOTICE OF GOD.
THE ETERNAL FATHER IS LOVE, COMPASSION, MERCIFUL, KIND, GIVING, SERVING, SHARING; SO ALL HIS CHILDREN ARE TO BE ALSO!
CHRIST IS TEACHING A PERSON MUST BE A NEW CREATION WHEN HE BECOMES A CHILD OF GOD; IT IS A NEW WAY OF LIFE; IT IS A LIFE OF SERVICE AND LOVE TOWARDS OTHERS.
A CHILD OF GOD AUTOMATICALLY IS A LOVING, GIVING, SHARING, SERVING PERSON. FOR GOD’S MIND, AND CHARACTER IS IN HIM OR HER. TO BE THE OPPOSITE IS TO NOT HAVE THE NATURE OF GOD.
WE ARE ALL IN DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES IN OUR PHYSICAL LIFE; SOME HAVE MORE SOME HAVE LESS OF THE PHYSICAL THINGS; SOME HAVE LITTLE MONEY SOME HAVE MUCH MONEY; SOME HAVE MANY PHYSICAL GOODS, SOME NOT MUCH.
BUT SERVING AND CARING IS NOT GUAGED BY MONEY.
NO MATTER WHAT OUR PHYSICAL LIFE IS LIKE, WE CAN ALL SERVE AND GIVE AND CARE FOR OTHERS; THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF WAYS TO FULFIL WHAT JESUS IS TEACHING IN THIS PART OF THE GOSPELS.
THERE ARE MANY CHARITIES THAT NEED VOLUNTEERS.
THERE ARE MANY CHARITIES, MANY INDEED, THAT DO GREAT SERVICE TOWARDS THE BLIND, THE DEAF, THE PHYSICAL AND MENTALLY INJURED.
WOW…. THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO SERVE, TO GIVE, TO LOVE, TO CARE FOR OTHERS.
DOING ALL THESE PHYSICAL THINGS TOWARDS OTHERS, DOES NOT FORGIVE YOU OF YOUR SINS. IT IS NOT A CASE OF MASSING UP “GOOD POINTS” MORE THAN “BAD POINTS” TO GET INTO GOD’S KINGDOM.
IT IS A CASE OF THE NATURE OF GOD IN YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE DOING SERVICE TOWARDS OTHERS, IN WHAT SERVICE YOU ARE ABLE TO DO; FOR ONE IT WILL BE THIS, FOR ANOTHER IT WILL BE THAT, AND SILL THIS OTHER THING FOR SOMEONE ELSE.
JESUS WAS GIVING EMPHASIS TO THE FACT THAT A TRUE CHILD OF GOD, WITH GOD’S NATURE INSIDE THEM, LIVES A CERTAIN WAY, AND THAT WAY IN PART IS A LOVING, SERVING, GIVING, CARING WAY TOWARDS OTHERS.
THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE, ARE NOT LIVING WITH THIS PART OF GOD’S CHARACTER MANIFESTED IN THEIR LIFE, WILL, UNLESS THEY REPENT OF HAVING A SELFISH, ‘DON’T EXPECT ME TO HELP, I’VE GOT TOO MANY OF MY OWN PROBLEMS TO TRY AND COPE WITH.’
THAT’S THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT JESUS TAUGHT IN THIS PASSAGE.
JESUS TAUGHT “MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE BUT BY EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT FROM THE MOUTH OF GOD—- MATTHEW 4:4.
SO ARE YOU STUDYING THE WORD OF GOD; NOT JUST READING IT, BUT LETTING IT TEACH YOU, INSPIRE YOU; CORRECTING YOU?
JESUS TAUGHT REPENTANCE—— REPENTANCE OF SIN!
SO WHAT IS SIN? THE ANSWER IN 1 JOHN 3:4; ROMANS 7:7 AND 3: 20.
BREAKING THE LAW OF GOD IS SIN!
YES BREAKING ANY ONE OF THE 10 COMMANDMENTS IS SIN!
JESUS TAUGHT YOU ARE TO LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.
WITHOUT LOVE TOWARDS YOUR NEIGHBOR, THAT IS MANIFESTED IN SERVING, HELPING, GIVING TO YOUR NEIGHBOR, YOU ARE SIMPLY NOT GOING TO BE IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
THIS IS WHAT MATTHEW 25: 31 - 46 IS ALL ABOUT!
AS I’VE STATED WE ARE ALL IN DIFFERENT SITUATION IN THIS LIFE, IN DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES IN BEING ABLE TO SERVE, GIVE, HELP, OTHERS; HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF BEING IN THE CIRCUMSTANCE OF HAVING MONEY.
THERE WAS A MAN, IN VANCOUVER, B.C. A RETIRED MAN; HE HAD BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN THIS PHYSICAL LIFE; HE WAS ALREADY QUITE COMFORTABLE IN PHYSICAL LIVING. HE HAD A PIECE OF PROPERTY IN VANCOUVER; HE SOLD IT AND TO HIS SURPRISE HE HAD 20 MILLION DOLLARS.
HE HAD THREE GOWN CHILDREN. HE CONTACTED EACH AND TOLD THEM HE WOULD LIKE TO GIVE AWAY 95% OF THIS 20 MILLION DOLLARS, AND ASKED IF THEY HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH THAT. ALL THREE SAID “DAD WE ARE JUST FINE AND COMFORTABLE IN OUR PHYSICAL LIFE, YOU GO RIGHT AHEAD AND HAVE FUN GIVING IT AWAY.”
SO THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HE DID!
HE GAVE IT AWAY TO ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE AND CHARITIES IN NEED. THE NEWS SOON SPREAD ALL OVER VANCOUVER. THERE WAS A HOUSE FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN WHO WERE ESCAPING FROM ABUSE. THE GOVERNMENT WAS NOT GOING TO GIVE MONEY ANY MORE TO THIS LADY RUNNING THAT HOUSE, IT WAS GOING TO HAVE TO CLOSE DOWN. THE MAN AND THE LADY HELPING HIM GIVE AWAY THIS MONEY WENT TO THIS HOUSE; THE HELPING LADY SAID TO THE WOMAN, “WHAT DO YOU NEED?” THE LADY SAID SOMETHING; THE MAN NODDED; HIS HELPER SAID, “YOU HAVE IT.” AGAIN THE HELPING LADY SAID, “WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED?” THE LADY ANSWERED WITH SOMETHING. THE MAN NODDED. THE HELPING LADY SAID, “YOU HAVE IT.”
AGAIN THE LADY WITH THE HOUSE WAS ASKED WHAT ELSE SHE NEEDED. HER ANSWER WITH KNOWING THE COST TO KEEP THIS “SAFETY HOUSE” OPEN, SAID WITH A SADNESS IN HER VOICE, “WELL…..EVERYTHING.”
THE MAN NODDED, THE HELPING LADY SAID, “YOU HAVE IT.”
IT TOOK A FEW SECONDS FOR THIS ANSWER TO SINK IN, SHE REALLY COULD HAVE EVERYTHING SHE NEEDED TO KEEP THIS HOUSE OPEN; SHE THEN JUST BURST OUT CRYING.
NOW THAT IS SERVICE; THAT IS CARING, HELPING, GIVING; THAT IS LOVING YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.
YOU SERVE OTHERS BY DOING WHAT YOU CAN WITH WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN.
UNLESS YOU HAVE THAT ATTITUDE JESUS MADE IT VERY PLAIN, YOU AIN’T GOING TO BE IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD!
SO YOU WHO LIKE TO CALL ME SUCH NAMES AS “LEGALISTIC” HOW DOES THAT GRAB YOU?
WELL IT BETTER GRAB YOU TO GET YOU IN THE CORRECT MIND-SET OF THE THEOLOGY JESUS CHRIST TAUGHT, AND NOT SOME MAN MADE IDEAS FROM PLANET PLUTO.
HE THAT HAS AN EAR TO HEAR WITH SHOULD HEAR!