It’s a full chapter and for me to understand the bit of it that I do, I ask questions.
For this session I am bringing to you, I think we shall look at verses 41 – 46.
But as we begin, let’s go to the last verse, verse 46. We will go back to the others.
46 They will go off to eternal punishment, but those who have done what God wants will go to eternal life.” source
but those who have done what God wants
The question to ask is What does GOD want done?
We will have to bring in some other Text to answer that.
John 6:40; Luke 9:35; Mark 9:2-13; 2 Peter 3:9
GOD wants ALL people to believe His Son.
GOD wants ALL people to turn from their sins to HIM.
These verses tell us the Will of GOD is that people be delivered from unbelief to believing JESUS.
Now if you have read verses 41 – 46 you have seen The LORD saying to a certain group, depart from Me into eternal punishment. Why? Verse 46 is the answer but all the way to verse 46 He gives them examples of their unbelieving hearts.
They did not
Feed the hungry
Care for the sick and the imprisoned.
Today there is a social gospel being preached.
I think those who embrace this social gospel have missed the point of the passage — have missed the Truth.
The deeds described in this passage are NOT a means to EARN salvation.
People will not enter HEAVEN even if they cured all the social ills of the planet.
They can feed, clothe, and serve people until they are penniless but that will NOT earn them a place in Heaven.
GOOD DEEDS will not get anyone to heaven.
By the same reasoning, not doing these things will not send a person to hell either.
People miss heaven and land in hell because they have refused to turn from their sins and believe GOD.
However, when we have been born again, when we have believed JESUS, we WILL do these acts of service.
These acts of service give evidence that perhaps we have been delivered from unbelief and darkness.
35 Then a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him.” source
9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not willing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance. source
Chapter 25 says so much more than I have brought to you here.