12 But the children [of the Patriarchs] in the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." [The Patriarchs, (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob), exposed themselves to listen to God's teachings and commands; with their obedience, they became holy men. Their descendants, the Jews, (with few exceptions), thought they were chosen people, failing to apply the teachings of Moses and the Prophets to themsleves because they had not been listening to the Word of the Lord, the Word of the Lord within. Yet their own Old Testament scriptures had scores of severe warnings and consequences to those who failed to listen to God's voice; so their understanding of the scriptures was superficial and flawed, lacking the Spirit's personal teachings to themselves. So they continued to sin, and when people die still sinning, they are cast into outer darkness, banned from heaven.
Like the Jews who could not really hear Moses and the prophets, therefore failing to repent in their ways, the Christians of today presume that they are excused from all of Jesus's warnings and from all the Bible's stated exclusions, requirements, and qualifying conditions of salvation; — always thinking the warnings and commands apply to bad people, not righteous believing people like themselves; so they do not obey the commands of repentance they hear or read, remaining slaves to sin; and when they die, they also are banned from heaven, cast into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.]
25 For what profit is it to a man, if he gains the whole world and loses himself [his soul] or is cast away [into outer darkness]?1
30 And cast the unprofitable servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' [Those who fail to increase the small measure of God's Light that all men who come into the world are given so that they might believe, John 1:7,9, lose even their small measure Spirit and light, thus to be in outer darkness where they will panic, weep, and gnash their teeth. Until we lose the small measure of light we have been given, we have no idea how much our sense of well-being is dependent upon it.]
|Matthew 22:13 |
13 Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, and take him away and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' [This is being banned from heaven, which all who die while still sinning experience.]