December 19, 2009

Sheep And Goats

This familiar parable has some valuable lessons.

Matthew 25:31-46

End of the world.

  • all nations shall be assembled (this did not happen in 70 AD.)
  • separation between the righteous and the wicked
  • eternal rewards and punishments
  • The glory of the Son of Man. He who was humiliated shall be glorified


  • a kingdom prepared for them before the foundation of the world; before they had done, thought, or decided anything (v. 34).
  • blessed of my Father—by creation, providence and electing grace
  • those who have been thus blessed will do good, not as the basis of grace but as the result of grace (35-40).
  • to do good expecting nothing in return, not even a favorable nod, is to be like God


  • everlasting fire—prepared for the devil and his angels. Those who distort God’s electing grace complaining that some men have been predestined to hell need to read this verse again.
  • the unrighteous are not habitually kind and are always “keeping score” hoping to earn favor with God

Acts of kindness

  • Food
  • Water
  • Shelter
  • Clothing
  • Visiting/friendship