Matthew Chapter 25
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31When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
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Matthew Henry's Matthew Chapter 25 Bible commentary...
The parable of the ten virgins. (1-13) The parable of the talents. (14-30) The judgment. (31-46)1-13 The circumstances of the parable of the ten virgins were taken from the marriage customs among the Jews, and explain the great day of Christ's coming. See the nature of Christianity. As Christians we profess to attend upon Christ, to honour him, also to be waiting for his coming. Sincere Christians are the wise virgins, and hypocrites the foolish ones. Those are the truly wise or foolish that are so in the affairs of their souls. Many have a lamp of profession in their hands, but have not, in their hearts, sound knowledge and settled resolution, which are needed to carry them through the services and trials of the present state. Their hearts are not stored with holy dispositions, by the new-creating Spirit of God. Our light must shine before men in good works; but this is not likely to be long done, unless there is a fixed, active principle in the heart, of faith in Christ, and love to God and our brethren. They all slumbered and slept. The delay represents the space between the real or apparent conversion of these professors, and the coming of Christ, to take them away by death, or to judge the world. But though Christ tarry past our time, he will not tarry past the due time. The wise virgins kept their lamps burning, but they did not keep themselves awake. Too many real Christians grow remiss, and one degree of carelessness makes way for another. Those that allow themselves to slumber, will scarcely keep from sleeping; therefore dread the beginning of spiritual decays. A startling summons was given. Go ye forth to meet Him, is a call to those prepared. The notice of Christ's approach, and the call to meet him, will awaken. Even those best prepared for death have work to do to get actually ready, #2Pe 3:14|. It will be a day of search and inquiry; and it concerns us to think how we shall then be found. Some wanted oil to supply their lamps when going out. Those that take up short of true grace, will certainly find the want of it one time or other. An outward profession may light a man along this world, but the damps of the valley of the shadow of death will put out such a light. Those who care not to live the life, yet would die the death of the righteous. But those that would be saved, must have grace of their own; and those that have most grace, have none to spare. The best need more from Christ. And while the poor alarmed soul addresses itself, upon a sick-bed, to repentance and prayer, in awful confusion, death comes, judgment comes, the work is undone, and the poor sinner is undone for ever. This comes of having oil to buy when we should burn it, grace to get when we should use it. Those, and those only, shall go to heaven hereafter, that are made ready for heaven here. The suddenness of death and of Christ's coming to us then, will not hinder our happiness, if we have been prepared. The door was shut. Many will seek admission into heaven when it is too late. The vain confidence of hypocrites will carry them far in expectations of happiness. The unexpected summons of death may alarm the Christian; but, proceeding without delay to trim his lamp, his graces often shine more bright; while the mere professor's conduct shows that his lamp is going out. Watch therefore, attend to the business of your souls. Be in the fear of the Lord all the day long.
14-30 Christ keeps no servants to be idle: they have received their all from him, and have nothing they can call their own but sin. Our receiving from Christ is in order to our working for him. The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. The day of account comes at last. We must all be reckoned with as to what good we have got to our own souls, and have done to others, by the advantages we have enjoyed. It is not meant that the improving of natural powers can entitle a man to Divine grace. It is the real Christian's liberty and privilege to be employed as his Redeemer's servant, in promoting his glory, and the good of his people: the love of Christ constrains him to live no longer to himself, but to Him that died for him, and rose again. Those who think it impossible to please God, and in vain to serve him, will do nothing to purpose in religion. They complain that He requires of them more than they are capable of, and punishes them for what they cannot help. Whatever they may pretend, the fact is, they dislike the character and work of the Lord. The slothful servant is sentenced to be deprived of his talent. This may be applied to the blessings of this life; but rather to the means of grace. Those who know not the day of their visitation, shall have the things that belong to their peace hid from their eyes. His doom is, to be cast into outer darkness. It is a usual way of expressing the miseries of the damned in hell. Here, as in what was said to the faithful servants, our Saviour goes out of the parable into the thing intended by it, and this serves as a key to the whole. Let us not envy sinners, or covet any of their perishing possessions.
31-46 This is a description of the last judgment. It is as an explanation of the former parables. There is a judgment to come, in which every man shall be sentenced to a state of everlasting happiness, or misery. Christ shall come, not only in the glory of his Father, but in his own glory, as Mediator. The wicked and godly here dwell together, in the same cities, churches, families, and are not always to be known the one from the other; such are the weaknesses of saints, such the hypocrisies of sinners; and death takes both: but in that day they will be parted for ever. Jesus Christ is the great Shepherd; he will shortly distinguish between those that are his, and those that are not. All other distinctions will be done away; but the great one between saints and sinners, holy and unholy, will remain for ever. The happiness the saints shall possess is very great. It is a kingdom; the most valuable possession on earth; yet this is but a faint resemblance of the blessed state of the saints in heaven. It is a kingdom prepared. The Father provided it for them in the greatness of his wisdom and power; the Son purchased it for them; and the blessed Spirit, in preparing them for the kingdom, is preparing it for them. It is prepared for them: it is in all points adapted to the new nature of a sanctified soul. It is prepared from the foundation of the world. This happiness was for the saints, and they for it, from all eternity. They shall come and inherit it. What we inherit is not got by ourselves. It is God that makes heirs of heaven. We are not to suppose that acts of bounty will entitle to eternal happiness. Good works done for God's sake, through Jesus Christ, are here noticed as marking the character of believers made holy by the Spirit of Christ, and as the effects of grace bestowed on those who do them. The wicked in this world were often called to come to Christ for life and rest, but they turned from his calls; and justly are those bid to depart from Christ, that would not come to him. Condemned sinners will in vain offer excuses. The punishment of the wicked will be an everlasting punishment; their state cannot be altered. Thus life and death, good and evil, the blessing and the curse, are set before us, that we may choose our way, and as our way so shall our end be.
One's Matthew Chapter 25 comment on 5/29/2013, 11:10pm...
Brothers and Sisters, Please understand; that this life, is not for us to just feast on for ourselves; But it is for us to be fruitful; Meaning to be productive, in the edifying of other people's life.
Once we accept Christ, as savior of our life, and begin to live a righteous life, that's not all that is required of us.
Now we must fast, pray, and study our word, that we may grow there by, and then begin to multiply our gifts, that God gives to us, to win soul unto the kingdom. ...... See if we only focus most of our lives on our own prosperity, and lag on the well-being of others, then well be like the foolish virgins who did not have enough oil for there lamps, for when the bridegroom came; therefore he can't remember you when your time is up, because you did not have much of a positive impact on people's lives, during the time you were on earth.
So we must be careful, not to become idle in doing God's will, and we must first be diligent in finding out what God wants us to do, then be dedicated to doing it, cause idle Christians are in danger of being unknown, and cast out into outer darkness, where part of the torture; among many is regret.
So we must become active in kingdom building, and stay active till the end, to receive God's rest.
Mikeal's Matthew Chapter 25 comment on 4/16/2013, 5:45pm...
New King James Version (NKJV)
Faith Without Works Is Dead
14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Annie leeks's Matthew Chapter 25 comment about verse 14 on 2/21/2013, 6:34pm...
When we are given a task to do, we must surge on it, there are no more excuses. Laziness is not accepted.
Timothy Wayne George's Matthew Chapter 25 comment on 2/03/2013, 2:48pm...
The sheep and goat judgment will take place when the Lord Jesus Christ comes in the second advent to establish His Kingdom. Before Him will be gathered all the nations of the world, and He will set the sheep on His right hand, and the goats on His left, then he will say I was hungry, and you feed me, thirsty, and you gave me to drink, sick and in prison, and you visited me. Naked and you clothed me, a stranger, and you took me in. Then shall the righteous say when did we do these things? Jesus shall reply, in as much as you did it unto the least of these my brothers, you did it unto me. All those nations that fail to provide for the nation Israel will be the goats, and they will be told to depart from Him into everlasting fire prepared for the devil, and his angels. The sheep on the right that did provide for Israel will be allowed to enter the kingdom of God.
Bernhardt's Matthew Chapter 25 comment about verse 42 on 2/02/2013, 11:43am...
This has to do with the ability of separation from thoughts that emanates from the left hemisphere of the brain and integrating into the right hemisphere, to commune and feed the Christ within us, and nothing else.
Insight 777's Matthew Chapter 25 comment on 1/13/2013, 6:22pm...
Jesus was killed by the Jews because he called himself the Son of God and refused to be called the Son of man. 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 reads "God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things that are strong." I believe Matthew 25:1 means, that a ruling Religion that defines heaven in its terms (be likened to the real heaven) will state that a man can have many wives; 1 groom and 10 brides. Or, perhaps these "brides" that are required to have oil may be nations that are required to have energy reserves when the Son of man takes over. Verse 8, This is exactly opposite of what Jesus taught! Only a selfish, non-Christian person would not share. Would Jesus accept a person that lacks charity? Jesus tells us to be charitable. Verse 11, Jesus is LORD of Lords, so not every man called lord is Jesus! Would Jesus turn someone away because they lacked something that can be bought or were slow in coming to him? Jesus forgave the thief, while on the cross; he does not reject people because they come to him late. Verse 14, This is the parable spoken of in Luke 19:11-26; people want to know when Jesus would return. It is shown in the Bible that he will not return until after 3.5 years of WW3. The Son of man is the evil “nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return”. The people of that kingdom that is overtaken did not want to serve him. Verse 24, Jesus does not steal! Reaping where thou hast not sown, Jesus is kind and loving to those that serve him. His lord (Not THE LORD which is Jesus) calls the man wicked because the man did not give the lord more than his lord gave him. This lord does not deny that he steals! Verse 27, Jesus does not approve of usury! "If he has exacted usury Or taken increase -- Shall he then live? He shall not live! If he has done any of these abominations, He shall surely die; His blood shall be upon him." (Ezekiel 18:13). Verse 29, This sounds like a caste system will be set up. The rich will be given what the poor has and the rich has to give to the ruling ”lord” to win his favor. Verse 30, Jesus does not destroy/cast out people that are not able to teach his doctrine or that are not good businessmen. Verse 31, The Son of man is evil and the holy angels will meet him in battle; the throne of glory for evil is WAR. Verse 32, The Son of man will rise to power at the signing of the WW3 peace treaty and separates Christians to be persecuted. Verse 34, JESUS, the King, calls out to his followers. Verses 35 and 36, Jesus explains His chosen people have charity, kindness and justice. Verse 44, Jesus tells the followers of the Son of man that they turned away the poor and did not help those in need.
Enauj's Matthew Chapter 25 comment on 1/07/2013, 12:33pm...
This passage is os meaty as the brother said in December you can break it down as the spirit of God gives you utterance. 5 wise and 5 foolish is people of today1. Wise is trying to live a holy life and the foolish is lying, stealing, cheating, fornication, adultery, killing living like the devil would have them n not referencing God or the Holy Spirit! Those are the goats that will be sat aside for the Lake of FIRE and the sheep will be ushered into the KINGDOM as God's children! The talents are concerning the wise with tithes and God blesses more. The narrow minded stingy that won't even give God the 10% He desires. The are without and will not rap more because the won't plant in the Kingdom. The talents are also to be use to usher people in to the Kingdom for God, a lot of people sit on the talents God gave them and do nothing with them! You Reap what you Sow!. Sow much, reach much! The sick, hungry, naked not free in prison are all children of GOd that suppose to be blessed by God through others that are more fortunate than some. GIVE and you will receive; for He said you have done unto me when you help others. Bless someone daily in words, deeds or needs! Be a blessing and receive the blessings from God that returns 10 fold!!!!
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