|Matthew 25:31-50 |
31 When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit upon the throne of his glory.
32 Before him will be gathered all nations; and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. [This is not a one-time event. The kingdom is inherited by those who crucify their sinful, selfish, human nature on the inward cross of self-denial: translated into the kingdom while still alive on the earth, each man in his own rank and order. The dead are judged individually.]
33 He will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then the King will say to those on his right hand, 'Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. [One does not enter the kingdom by dying while still sinning. One enters the kingdom by translation while alive on the earth through crucifixion of their sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial, each man in his own rank and order.]
35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you took me in.
36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.'
37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and gave you drink?
38 When did we see you as a stranger and take you in? Or naked and clothe you?
39 Or when did we see you sick or in prison, and come to you?'
40 And the King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you that as you have done so to one of the least of these my brothers, you have done so to me.' [Take notice! Jesus said "as you have done to the least of my brothers," and his brothers are not just anyone; instead Jesus told us that "my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it [obey]." Luke 8:21, and "whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother." Mat 12:50. Young believers who are hearing and obeying the word of God, (true obedient followers), are hungry and thirsty for righteousness with more words and teachings from God; like all men they are still in the prison of darkness, possibly without the necessities of life; and we will be rewarded for helping them if we do so. To speak words of life, (what we hear from God immediately before speaking), we would have to be sent by God to specific followers. Many of the Apostles and tens of thousands early Quakers were imprisoned for their faithful obedience to God; to visit in prison, (and aid if possible), such faithful followers of God would also be to one's credit.]
41 Then he will say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.
42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food. I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink. [Also, think spiritually — food is the bread of life from Christ (his words that he speaks to you are spirit and life-giving); drink is living waters from Christ. Think of Christ within a man, who did not improve his talent.]
43 I was a stranger and you did not take me in. I was naked and you did not clothe me. I was sick and in prison, and you did not visit me.' [Also, think spiritually. — Unregenerated men are naked, without the clothing of righteousness; all men start imprisoned by darkness; sick, as lying in the mire, beaten down by the oppression of sin. Think of Christ within a man, who did not improve his talent.]
44 Then they will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to you?'
45 Then he will answer them, saying, 'Truly I say to you that by your not ministering to one of the least of these, you did not minister to me.'
46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into life eternal.'"5
5 You must share from your excess with those in need of the necessities of life. It is impossible to please the Lord without distributing liberally. You must learn that life is giving, not taking. You must learn the value of giving; for if you are not faithful in the least of treasures (unrighteous money), how can you expect to ever receive true, heavenly treasure? This sharing is only the basic beginning of repentance. You cannot get to the kingdom of heaven unless while alive on earth you kill, (mortify), the deeds of the body by stripping yourself of your selfish human nature, which is accomplished through the Spirit on the inward cross of self-denial.
The Roman Catholics say: "a man is saved by a good life," referencing at judgment the sheep and goats are separated on the basis of good deeds. Mat 25:31-48
The Catholics' belief is closer to the truth than the Protestants' belief in instant salvation because every man is judged by his words and works;
however, a kind whoremonger, or a loving drunk, or a kind covetous person, or a philanthropic immoral person, or a loving liar, etc., whatever their good works, anyone who dies with fruits of the flesh will not be spared the fury of God.
It is impossible to lead a "good life" unless you are prompted by God what good deeds to do;
and unless your selfish spirit is crucified on the inward cross of self-denial, to have the Spirit of Christ take its place on the throne in your heart, you will not be prompted by God what good deeds to do — your faith will be dead, and your supposed salvation will be shockingly revealed as a lie that you loved more than the truth.