The Parables #105

The sheep and the goats, Pt2.

Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46

“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left,” 31-33.

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You will recall that when we studied the parable of the Tares and the Wheat, we noted how the Saviour said: “He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn,” Matt 13:28-30.

Here then is the harvest of the ‘field’ and the separating of the ‘tares’ from the ‘wheat’.

“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world,” verse 34.
Christ speaks first to His sheep.
Note the invitation. ‘Come’. Those who have rejected the invitation of the gospel will never hear this invitation!

Note the title they are given. ‘Ye blessed of my Father.’ Heaven is the result of the Father’s eternal blessing. Chosen by Him. Ephs 1:3-4. Called by Him. Romans 1:7.

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