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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
25:40 Inasmuch as ye did it to one of the least of these my brethren, ye did it to me - What encouragement is here to assist the household of faith? But let us likewise remember to do good to all men.
Mt 25:40 Inasmuch as ye have done [it], etc. The righteous understood well that they had often, in the name and from the love of Christ, ministered to his brethren, the poor and suffering saints, but they had never understood that their Lord accepted this as a personal service to himself. It should be distinctly noted, (1) that the saved are the "righteous", or those whose sins have been washed away by Christ; (2) they are those who have lived and acted in the name of Christ, or have been obedient to his will; (3) they have been full of the love of Christ and have faithfully ministered to the distressed, especially to those of the household of faith. The love of Christ implies love of the brethren, and of all mankind.
Kate's comment on 2013-10-10 08:48:30:
If we make the radical assumption, based on recent scientific discoveries, that when Jesus says this he is LITERALLY speaking of His connectedness with ALL of mankind, then there are profound implications to all His actions and statements. He no longer symbolically died for my sins; He chose to take on the suffering of being a mere man before Pilate and his enemies so that after I stood before my sister's anger denying that I felt anything; I could see the love and strength of his actions and the pitiful smallness of my own.
The Scriptures were written to be understood at that time. There is certainly no reason to think that God incarnate was unaware that we each carry in our cells the mitochondria of Eve that we will pass on to the last living human.
Evelyn's comment on 2013-09-27 23:31:08:
As Christians we need to remember when Jesus was in the community of man, many helped him both Jew and gentile. We should lead by example in how we treat others, being as Christ like as is possible for us, that we treat all with respect and care, no matter their situation - rich or poor or in between. I personally feel if more of us acted this way and put others before ourselves, there would be less hatred and greediness in the world.
Sadly, man seems to judge others by how they look or the evil acts of a few, rather than as all mankind are God's children.
Genie Johnson's comment on 2013-08-14 21:46:38:
I think Jesus refers to those doing His Father's will. In other words; if God tells you to go and feed a person (stranger or known) man or give water to someone, or to clothe someone, or to visit a sick person or someone in prison, DO IT. Whether they are saved or unsaved, if He has directed you to do these things it will be as though you have fed Him, or gave Him water, or clothed Him, or visited Him. Well done thou good and faithful servant,thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord!
James's comment on 2013-08-09 07:34:37:
In the context, it SEEMS like Jesus could be saying that whomever treats any DISCIPLE well in real need is helping him. It COULD be that Jesus is not speaking of all the poor, etc., who neither believe in Him nor care to attempt to do His will. What think ye?
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