Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Should All the members have the same care one for another?

YES!


Is your name there?
Matthew 25:1-13

(Daniel 7:9)  I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.

(Daniel 7:10)  A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.


 (Matthew 25:45)  Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

(Matthew 25:46)  And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.




 The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times:
 Matthew 24:1

  The Parable of the Ten Virgins = Taken OR Left behind:
Matthew 25:1

This part of the Olivet discourse goes beyond the "What are the signs?" questions of Peter and the disciples (Matthew 24:3) and presents our Lord's return in three aspects:

(1) As testing profession, (Matthew 25:1-13) i.e. lip service Christians.

(2) as testing service, (Matthew 25:14-30);  i.e. grace plus works James.

(3) as testing the Gentile nations, (Matthew 25:31-46). i.e. our Inheritance since the creation of the world


The Parable of the virgins:

The kingdom of heaven here is the sphere of profession, as in Matthew 13. All alike have lamps, but two facts fix the real status of the foolish virgins: They "took no oil," and the Lord said, "I know you not." Oil is the symbol of the Holy Spirit, and "If any man have not the spirit of Christ, he is none of his" (Romans 8:9).

Nor could the Lord say to any believer, however unspiritual, "I know you not."

 (Matthew 3:2) Notes

    (1) The phrase, kingdom of heaven (literally, of the heavens), is peculiar to Matthew and signifies the Messianic earth rule of Jesus Christ, the Son of David. It is called the kingdom of the heavens because it is the rule of the heavens over the earth (Matthew 6:10) The phrase is derived from Daniel, where it is defined; (Daniel 2:34-36); (Daniel 2:44); (Daniel 7:23-27) as the kingdom which the God of heaven will set up after the destruction by "the stone cut out without hands," of the Gentile world-system. It is the kingdom covenanted to David's seed (2Samuel 7:7-10) described in the prophets;

Zechariah 12:8

Summary of the Old Testament Kingdom :

I. Dominion over the earth before the call of Abraham

(1) Dominion over creation was given to the first man and woman (Genesis_1:26); (Genesis 1:28). Through the fall this dominion was lost, Satan becoming "prince of this world"; (Matthew 4:8-10); (John 14:30).

(2) After the flood, the principle of human government was established under the covenant with Noah

 (Genesis 9:1 See Scofield NOTE).

Biblically this is still the charter of all Gentile government.


II. The Theocracy in Israel :


 The call of Abraham involved, with much else, the creation of a distinctive people through whom great purposes of God toward the race might be worked out.

(see "Israel" (Genesis 12:1-3); (Romans 11:26).

Among these purposes is the establishment of a universal kingdom. The order of the development of Divine rule in Israel is:

(1) The mediatorship of Moses (Exodus 3:1-10); (Exodus 19:9); (Exodus 24:12).

(2) The leadership of Joshua (Joshua 1:1-5).

(3) The institution of Judges (Judges 2:16-18).

(4) The popular rejection of the Theocracy, and choice of a king -- Saul, (1 Samuel 8:1-7);
 (1 Samuel 9:12-17).


III. The Davidic kingdom

(1) The divine choice of David (1 Samuel 16:1-13).

(2) The giving of the Davidic Covenant (2 Samuel 7:8-16); (Psalms_89:3); (Psalms_89:4); (Psalms_89:20); (Psalms_89:21); (Psalms_89:28-37).

(3) The exposition of the Davidic Covenant by the prophets (Isaiah 1:25-26); (Zechariah 12:6-8).


The kingdom as described by the prophets is:

a) Davidic, to be established under an heir of David, who is to be born of a virgin, therefore truly man, but also "Immanuel," "the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 7:13); (Isaiah 7:14); (Isaiah_9:6); (Isaiah 9:7); (Isaiah 11:1); (Jeremiah 23:5); (Ezekiel 34:23); (Ezekiel 37:24); (Hosea 3:4); (Hosea 3:5).

b) A kingdom heavenly in origin, principle, and authority (Daniel 2:34); (Daniel 2:35); (Daniel 2:44); (Daniel 2:45) but set up on the earth, with Jerusalem as the capital; (Isaiah 2:2-4); (Isaiah 4:3); (Isaiah 4:5); (Isaiah 24:23); (Isaiah 33:20); (Isaiah 62:1-7); (Jeremiah 23:5); (Jeremiah 31:38-40); (Joel 3:1); (Joel 3:16); (Joel 3:17).

c) The kingdom is to be established first over regathered, restored, and converted Israel, and then to become universal (Psalms 2:6-8); (Psalms 22:1); (Psalms_22:1-10); (Isaiah 1:2); (Isaiah 1:3); (Isaiah _11:1); (Isaiah 11:10-13); (Isaiah 11:12); (Jeremiah 23:5-8); (Jeremiah 30:7-11); (Ezekiel 20:33-40);
(Ezekiel 37:21-25); (Zechariah 9:10); (Zechariah 14:16-19).

d) The moral characteristics of the kingdom are to be righteousness and peace. The meek, not the proud, will inherit the earth; longevity will be greatly increased; the knowledge of the Lord will be universal; beast ferocity will be removed; absolute equity will be enforced; and outbreaking sin visited with instant judgment; while the enormous majority of earth's inhabitants will be saved (Isaiah 11:4); (Isaiah 11:6-9);
(Isaiah  65:20); (Psalms 2:9); (Isaiah 26:9); (Zechariah 14:16-21). The New Testament
(Revelations 20:1-5); adds a detail of immense significance -- the removal of Satan from the scene. It is impossible to conceive to what heights of spiritual, intellectual, and physical perfection humanity will attain in this, its coming age of righteousness and peace. (Isaiah  11:4-9); (Psalms 72:1-10).

e) The kingdom is to be established by power, not persuasion, and is to follow divine judgment upon the Gentile world-powers (Psalms 2:4-9); (Isaiah 9:7); (Daniel 2:35); (Daniel 2:44); (Daniel 2:45);
 (Daniel  7:26); (Daniel 7:27); (Zechariah 14:1-19) (See Scofield) - (Zechariah 6:11).

f) The restoration of Israel and the establishment of the kingdom are connected with an advent of the Lord, yet future (Deuteronomy 30:3-5); (Psalms 2:1-9); (Zechariah 14:4).

g) The chastisement reserved for disobedience in the house of David (2Samuel 7:14); (Psalms 89:30-33) fell in the captivities and world-wide dispersion, since which time, though a remnant returned under prince Zerubbabel, Jerusalem has been under the overlordship of Gentile. But the Davidic Covenant has not been abrogated (Psalms 89:33-37) but is yet to be fulfilled. (Acts 15:14-17).


angel

(See Scofield) - (Hebrews 1:4).


and confirmed to Jesus the Christ, the Son of Mary, through the angel Gabriel (Luke 1:32-33).

(2) The kingdom of heaven has three aspects in Matthew:

    (a) "at hand" from the beginning of the ministry of John the Baptist (Matthew 3:2) to the virtual rejection of the King, and the announcement of the new brotherhood (Matthew 12:46-50).

b) in seven "mysteries of the kingdom of heaven," to be fulfilled during the present age (Matthew 13:1-52) to which are to be added the parables of the kingdom of heaven which were spoken after those of
Matthew  13, and which have to do with the sphere of Christian profession during this age;

c) the prophetic aspect -- the kingdom to be set up after the return of the King in glory.
(Matthew 24:29-25:1); (Matthew 24:46); (Luke 19:12-19); (Acts 15:14-17).

See "Kingdom (New Testament)"; (Luke 1:33); (1Corinthians 15:28).

Compare "Kingdom of God,"

(See Scofield) - (Matthew 6:33).


saying

(See Scofield) - (Acts 17:30).



Matthew 25:13


Son of man

Also (Matthew 24:31).

(See Scofield) - (Matthew 8:20).


Matthew 25:14


the kingdom of heaven is

Omit the italicised words, "the kingdom of heaven is".


Matthew 25:21


Well done

The Lord's commendation may be earned by the weakest of His servants; it is given for faithful service.


Matthew 25:23


Well done

The same commendation is gained by the servant with two talents as by him with five; he was equally faithful though his gift was less.


Matthew 25:31


Son of man

(See Scofield) - (Matthew 8:20).


angels

(See Scofield) - (Hebrews 1:4).


Matthew 25:32


And before him

This judgment is to be distinguished from the judgment of the great white throne. Here there is no resurrection; the persons judged are living nations; no books are opened; three classes are present, sheep, goats, and brethren; the time is at the return of Christ (Matthew 25:31); and the scene is on the earth. All these particulars are in contrast with (Revelations 20:11-15).

The test in this judgment is the treatment accorded by the nations to those whom Christ here call "my brethren." These "brethren" are the Jewish Remnant who will have preached the Gospel of the kingdom to all nations during the tribulation.

See "Remnant" (Isaiah 1:9); (Romans 11:5).

The test in (Revelations 20:11-15) is the possession of eternal life.

See, for the other six judgments:

(See Scofield) - (John 12:31); (1Corinthians 11:31).
(See Scofield) - (2Corinthians 5:10).
(See Scofield) - (Ezekiel 20:37).
(See Scofield) - (Jude 1:6).
(See Scofield) - (Revelations 20:12).


Matthew 25:34


kingdom

(See Scofield) - (Matthew 3:2).


Matthew 25:37


righteous

(See Scofield) - (Romans 10:10).





Matthew 25:41


angels

(See Scofield) - (Hebrews 1:4).


Matthew 25:46


into everlasting

Judgments (the seven). (Luke 14:14); (2Samuel 7:14); (Revelations 20:12). "Eternal" and "everlasting" are the same word.