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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.

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.

The Parables #111

The sheep and the goats, Pt8. 

Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46

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(Some opening comments on the protest against the blasphemous, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, play in Newry and also the news of the murder of 40 Muslims in New Zealand.)

We are continuing to consider the Saviour’s explanation for rewarding His sheep.
His rewards are for the care and love they have shown Him through their kindness toward fellow believers.

As has already been said: It indicates a watchfulness regarding the affairs of Christ. His name and honour and the well-being of His saints are ever uppermost in the hearts of true believers.

We have examples of such living. “And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, and Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance,” Luke 8:2-3. This was what happened in the days of the Saviour here on earth.

Such watchfulness and care continued after His ascension.

“I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea: that ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also,” Romans 16:1-2.

“Succourer” comes from a word meaning to ‘rule or set over.’ She felt a burden and responsibility to look after others!

The Parables #110

The sheep and the goats, Pt7. 

Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46

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We are considering the Saviour’s explanation for rewarding His sheep.

“For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me,” verses 35-36.

Note, everything the Christian does is for Christ. “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat, etc.”

Paul said: “For to me to live is Christ,” Php 1:21. This what ALL Christians should say! Our sole aim in living should be to glorify Christ. He is the supreme End and Purpose of our life.

It indicates a watchfulness regarding the affairs of Christ. Love and concern for the people of God marks the life of the true believer.