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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

Stream or download The Parables #111

(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!