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The Parables #114

The sheep and the goats, Pt11. 

Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46

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“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels,” verse 41.

The sheep and the goats are separated for the first time. They were part of the flock of the professing or the ‘Visible Church’ but the Lord has now separated His sheep from the goats, those who were not saved.

Part of the judgement of the wicked is their hearing the righteous rewarded and honoured. The wicked have been listening to what the Saviour said to His flock and they must have become aware that what He said to them would be different from what He would say to them, since they were separated from the righteousness.

* If you are not one of Christ’s flock, you cannot expect to be dealt with in the same way as they are dealt with and blessed!

* Hell is made all the worse by a knowledge of the heaven that your unbelief and disobedience robbed you of!
What a dreadful contrast between what the Saviour said to the sheep and that which He says to the goats!
“Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.”

* There is a great difference between the Saved and the Lost but it will be never so plain and obvious as on this day!

* Its is obvious from what the wicked say that they considered there to be no difference between them and the saved! They have never understood the difference that is pointed out in God’s Word. Just like Nicodemus, John 39. “Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?”
* Even here they argue and show their IGNORANCE! See what Paul said: “Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.” That is why they are still puzzled and arguing!
They were sent to hell because they did not love Christ and this was seen in how they treated Christians.

Note how the ungodly dare to challenge Christ. “They answered Him, when . . .” This is not the humble response of the righteous, verse 37. No this is a disputing and arguing with Christ and daring to suggest He is wrong and unjust!.

This how men react to the gospel! Matt 15:8-12. Rejecters of the gospel remain in darkness and ignorance. The purpose of the gospel in bring sinners into the light. “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me,” Acts 26:18.

The Parables #113

The sheep and the goats, Pt 10.

Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46

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Just a final remark on the command: “Bear ye one another’s burdens”. I read on Wednesday in my daily reading these words: “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith,” Galatians 6:10.
While Christians should bear one another’s burdens, they are not to ignore or forget the unsaved!

“For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death,” 1 John 3:11-14.

Even though the world hate us we are to seek to ‘do good unto all men’!

Note the term used by the Saviour of His people. “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me,” verse 40. “My brethren”. This is what Christians are to the King of Kings!

We are part of his family of God. We are related to the Lord Jesus Christ. Man recently said to Prince Charles that they were related! No great honour given his many sins and wicked opinions and notions!

But what an honour to be related to Christ!

It is a close relationship. The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is our Father also. “When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name,” Luke 11:2.

Listen to these words! “And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee. And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren? And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother,” Mark 3:32-35.

Truth for today, Pt 16

III. THE MEETING BETWEEN RUTH AND BOAZ WAS BY PROVIDENTIAL DECREE

“And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech,” Ruth 2:3. She did not know Boaz, 19-20.

1. Ruth felt her need. There was no means of eating other than by gleaning so she went looking for a supply.

2. Ruth felt her duty. The blessing of the gospel is for them that hunger and them that seek. John 6:35.  We must place ourselves in the fields of grace, under the sound of God’s word.

3. Unwittingly, she came to the field of the redeemer. She was like the woman at the well, John 4 and like  Zacchaeus, Luke 19:1.

Who is there that loves the Lord but can look back and see how He guided them to the gospel field in which they were fully supplied?

The Bible indicates that the mind and hand of God is upon His people from all eternity.

Before the world was formed – Rev 17:8

Before the time of conception – Jer 1:15, Ps 139:13-16.

During our time of darkness – Gal 1:15.

Throughout our life – Ps 73:23-24, 32:8, 48:14.

The parables #112

The sheep and the goats, Pt9. 

Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46

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Rewards play an important role in our earthly pilgrimage. In school there are rewards! In public life there are rewards!
But none of this rewards are in any way like the rewards that the Lord presents to His people.
We are considering the words of Christ as He explains to the righteous why He is rewarding them so.
“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me,” verse 40. The importance of such actions is seen in the reward they receive!
This is how we ought to care for each other! The importance of acting kindly toward others is seen in the reward that is given those Christians who show such kindness.
“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ,” Gal 6:2.
“For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself,” Gal 5:14.
“If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him,”
Exodus 23:5.
“If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well,” James 2:8.
What a glorious title is here given to this law. It is the ‘Royal Law’! It has the King’s signature upon it.

Precious memories – the seeds of revival

“The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. Turn again our captivity, O LORD,” Psalm 126:3-4.
I have been asked to speak on the subject of memories of blessed days long ago. When I start recalling the happy days of the 60s and 70s, it is the same, regarding time, as me looking back to the days of the ‘Home Rule’ crisis and the formation of the Ulster Volunteers when I was in my twenties!!
That puts in perspective just what it is we appear to be doing in the eyes of the 20-years here tonight!!
For some here, the 60s and the 70s are but as yesterday!
But for others it is ancient history indeed.
Well, irrespective of our viewpoint, the 60s and the 70s were wonderful days of revival blessing within the Free Presbyterian Church.
 
I. IT WAS A TIME WHEN THE PRESENCE OF GOD WAS VERY REAL AMONGST US!
As the Lord Jesus preached it is said “The power of the Lord was present,” Luke 5:17. That is how it was back then in prayer meetings in church and gospel services. I can recall meetings in which you were fearful of opening your eyes during the seasons of prayer, such was the sense of the Lord’s presence!
II. IT WAS A TIME WHEN THERE WAS WIDESPREAD CONCERN AMONGST SINNERS!
One of the most exciting things at the services was seeing who was in! You looked for the unlikely visitor, one who did not frequent the house of God and what a thrill when you spotted someone of that class! It was not mere idle curiosity but a prayerful anxiety that gave way to joy when you saw someone who had been prayed for in the meeting.
 
III. IT WAS A TIME OF JOYFUL CONTENTION AND WARFARE!
That may seem strange for the two are not obvious bedfellows! But they are in days of blessing.
“And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name,” Acts 5:41. That is but one example! “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you, Matthew 5:10-12.
We are enabled to rejoice under such trouble. Acts 16:25, Hebrews 10:32-34.
 
IV. IT WAS A TIME OF FEAR AMONGST THE ENEMY.
1 Sam 14:13-15. The word ‘trembling’, refers to a fearfulness of heart and mind. Many times the enemy was defeated by the fear of the Lord that came upon them. Joshua 2:9, Judges 7:21, 2 Kings 7:6-7. We saw ‘OT’ days back then.
V. IT WAS A TIME OF SOUL WINNING AND CHURCH-PLANTING.
It was time of families being united in christ, of prodigals coming home and new congregations formed!
In the years between 1967 and 76, five congregations were formed and constituted out of the work which began in Lisbellaw.
This was the Lord’s doing and not man’s!!
There was a manifesting of the power of Pentecost!
Acts 2:41, 47, 4:4, 6:7, 9:11.
“Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen. For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: and they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses,” Isaiah 44:2-4.  May the Lord do the like again in our day!