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Notes for

Matthew

Chapter Twenty-five


Another view of the wedding

Special Note 1.

Matthew 22:1-14 An invitation

And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables, and said, The kingdom of heaven is like to a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, and sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. [Return to Three Judgments]

Another call

Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come to the marriage.

The invitation rejected

But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: and the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.

Others were invited

But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then says he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy, Go you therefore into the highways, and as many as you shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.

The condition of entry

And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: and he says to him, Friend, how came you in here not having a wedding garment?

And he was speechless [because there was no reason for not wearing it].

Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

For many are called, but few are chosen.

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1. Psalm 119:105 Their lamps represent the Bible

Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.

The sun has set behind the mountains, and the heavens are curtained with the shades of evening. In full view is a dwelling house lighted up brilliantly as if for some festive scene. The light streams from the openings, and an expectant company wait around, indicating that a marriage procession is soon to appear. In many parts of the East, wedding festivities are held in the evening. The bridegroom goes forth to meet his bride and bring her to his home. By torchlight the bridal party proceed from her father's house to his own, where a feast is provided for the invited guests. A company are awaiting the appearance of the bridal party, intending to join the procession.

In this parable, Jesus describes the time of the judgment. His people are waiting for His return to earth and the time will seem long.

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2. Mark 4:5-8 The two groups

And some [seed, or the words of God] fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: but when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away...

And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.

Lingering near the bride's house are ten young women robed in white. Each carries a lighted lamp and a small flagon for oil. All are anxiously watching for the appearance of the bridegroom. But there is a delay. Hour after hour passes; the watchers become weary and fall asleep.

The two classes of watchers represent the two classes in the church who profess to be waiting for their Lord. They are called virgins because they profess a pure faith. By the lamps is represented the word of God. The psalmist says, "Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105. The oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. They are all waiting for the second advent but its coming is long delayed.

"foolish" = thoughtless, they made no preparation for the future, their flagons are empty!

The class represented by the foolish virgins are not hypocrites. They have a regard for the truth, they have advocated the truth, they are attracted to those who believe the truth; but they have not yielded themselves to the Holy Spirit's working. They have not fallen upon the Rock, Christ Jesus, and permitted their old nature to be broken up.

You can see a great article on Romans chapters 6-7-8 for details on this.

This class are represented also by the stony-ground hearers. They receive the word with readiness, but they fail of assimilating its principles. Its influence is not abiding. The Spirit works upon man's heart, according to his desire and consent implanting in him a new nature; but the class represented by the foolish virgins have been content with a superficial work. They do not know God. They have not studied His character; they have not held communion with Him; therefore they do not know how to trust, how to look and live. Their service to God degenerates into a form.

Ezekiel 33:31

"They come to you as the people come, and they sit before you as My people, and they hear your words, but they will not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goes after their covetousness."

The apostle Paul points out that this will be the special characteristic of those who live just before Christ's second coming. He says,

2 Timothy 3:1-5

"In the last days perilous times shall come: for men shall be lovers of their own selves; . . . lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof."

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3. Psalm 19:7

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

This group is composed of those in the church who have surrendered their "self" to Jesus and are allowing the Holy Spirit to be their Guide and Comforter. For a time there is seen no difference between the two, but when the waiting time comes then the faith of each will be revealed. It is in a crisis that character is revealed.

In the parable the wise virgins have oil in their vessels with their lamps. Their light burns with undimmed flame through the night of watching. It helps to swell the illumination for the bridegroom's honour. Shining out in the darkness, it helps to illuminate the way to the home of the bridegroom, to the marriage feast.

So the followers of Christ are to shed light into the darkness of the world. Through the Holy Spirit, God's word is a light as it becomes a transforming power in the life of the receiver. By implanting in their hearts the principles of His word, the Holy Spirit develops in men the attributes of God. The light of His glory - His character - is to shine forth in His followers. Thus they are to glorify God, to lighten the path to the Bridegroom's home, to the city of God, to the marriage supper of the Lamb.

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4. Mark 13:35-37 He knows our problem

Watch you therefore: for you know not when the Master of the house comes, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly He find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

As hour after hour passes the watchers become weary and fall asleep. At midnight the cry is heard, "Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him." The sleepers, suddenly awaking, spring to their feet. They see the procession moving on, bright with torches and glad with music. They hear the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride. The ten maidens seize their lamps and begin to trim them, in haste to go forth. But five have neglected to fill their flasks with oil. They did not anticipate so long a delay, and they have not prepared for the emergency.

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5. Isaiah 40:9-11 The good tidings of salvation is the awakening cry

O Zion, that brings good tidings, get you up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that brings good tidings, lift up your voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say to the cities of Judah, Behold your God!

Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and His arm shall rule for Him: behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him. He shall feed His flock like a Shepherd: He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

Isaiah 58:1-14 Make a loud cry regarding the great problem in the church

Cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and show My people [the professed Christians] their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

Yet they seek Me daily, and delight to know My ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God! They ask of Me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God, Why have we fasted, say they, and You see not? Why have we afflicted our soul, and You take no knowledge? [Why are there are no answers to our prayers?]

Behold, in the day of your fast you find pleasure, and exact all your labours [ask payment for your work]. Behold, you fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: you shall not fast as you do this day [before Me], to make your voice to be heard on high.

Is it such a fast that I have chosen? A day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Will you call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?

Is not this the fast that I have chosen? [Not a day of idleness, but of great activity towards the poor and needy]. To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke [of human control over others in the church]? Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the poor that are cast out to your house? When you see the naked, that you cover him; and that you hide not yourself from your own flesh?

Then shall your light [or teaching] break forth as the morning, and your health shall spring forth speedily: and your righteousness shall go before you; [but] the glory of the LORD shall be your rearward [left behind you].

Then shall you call, and the LORD shall answer; you shall cry, and He shall say, Here I am.

If you take away from the midst of you the yoke [control over others], the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity [words without knowledge]; and if you draw out your soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall your light rise in obscurity, and your darkness be as the noon day: and the LORD shall guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and make fat your bones: and you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

And they that shall be of you shall build the old waste places. You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in, if you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shall honour Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words. Then [and then only] shall you delight yourself in the LORD; and I will cause you to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father: for the mouth of the LORD has spoken it.

Matthew 5:14

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Isaiah 60:1-4

Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For, behold, the darkness [of ignorance] shall cover the earth, and gross darkness [willing ignorance] the people: but the LORD shall arise upon you, and His glory [character] shall be seen upon you. And the Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Lift up your eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to you: your sons shall come from far, and your daughters shall be nursed at your side.

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6. "trimmed their lamps" = studied their Bibles with intensity and gave a clear and up-to-date message.

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7. 2 Corinthians 6:16-17 We, too, must be cleansed

And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be you separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you...

2 Chronicles 29:15 We must help in the cleansing

And they [the Levites] gathered their brethren, and sanctified [cleansed] themselves, and came, according to the commandment of the king, by the words of the LORD, to cleanse the house of the LORD.

In distress the foolish ones appeal to their wiser companions saying, "Give us of your oil; for our lamps are going out." (margin.) But the waiting five, with their freshly trimmed lamps, have emptied their flagons. They have no oil to spare, and they answer, "Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go you rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves."

Character, and the experience of working for the Lord, do not come in a moment, for sanctification is the work of a lifetime. It takes time working for the Spirit to get to know how He does things and this is not transferable, it must be gained by day after day of co-operation with Him.

Luke 12:35-37 We should be constantly ready

Let your loins be girded about [be dressed ready for action], and your lights burning [showing the way to others]; and you yourselves like to men that wait for their Lord, when He will return from the wedding; that when He comes and knocks, they may open to Him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord when He comes shall find watching: verily I say to you, that He shall gird Himself, and make them to sit down to meat [dinner], and will come forth and serve them.

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8. Genesis 7:13-22 God’s great loss

In the selfsame day [as the animals] entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark; they, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort. And they went in to Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him.

And the LORD shut him in.

And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lifted up above the earth. And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered. Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.

And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth, and every man: all in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.

The coming of the bridegroom was at midnight - the darkest hour. So the coming of Christ will take place in the darkest period of this earth's history. The days of Noah and Lot pictured the condition of the world just before the coming of the Son of man. The Scriptures pointing forward to this time declare that Satan will work with all power and "with all deceivableness of unrighteousness." 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10.

His working is plainly revealed by the rapidly increasing darkness, the multitude of errors, heresies, and delusions of these last days, as well as when he will impersonate Christ on earth. Not only is Satan leading the world captive, but his deceptions are leavening the professed churches of our Lord Jesus Christ. The great apostasy will eventually develop into darkness deep as midnight, impenetrable as sackcloth of hair. To God's people it will be a night of trial, a night of weeping, a night of persecution for the truth's sake. But out of that night of darkness God's light will shine.

He causes "the light to shine out of darkness." 2 Corinthians 4:6.

When "the earth was without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep .... the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light; and there was light." Genesis 1:2-3.

So in the night of spiritual darkness, God's word goes forth, "Let there be light." To His people He says, "Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you." Isaiah 60:1.

"Behold," says the Scripture, "the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon you, and His glory shall be seen upon you." Isaiah 60:2.

It is the darkness of misapprehension of God that is enshrouding the world. Men and women are losing their knowledge of His character. It has been misunderstood and misinterpreted. At this time a message from God is to be proclaimed, a message illuminating in its influence and saving in its power. His character is to be made known. Into the darkness of the world is to be shed the light of His glory, the light of His goodness, mercy, and truth.

This is the work outlined by the prophet Isaiah in the words,

Isaiah 40:9-10

"O Jerusalem, that brings good tidings, lift up your voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say to the cities of Judah, Behold your God! Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and His arm shall rule for Him; behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him."

Those who wait for the Bridegroom's coming are to say to the people, "Behold your God." The last rays of merciful light, the last message of mercy to be given to the world, is a revelation of His character of love. The children of God are to manifest His glory. In their own life and character they are to reveal what the grace of God has done for them.

The light of the Sun of Righteousness is to shine forth in good works - in words of truth and deeds of holiness.

Christ, the outshining of the Father's glory, came to the world as its light. He came to represent God to men, and of Him it is written that He was anointed "with the Holy Ghost and with power," and "went about doing good." Acts 10:38. In the synagogue at Nazareth He said,

Luke 4:18-19

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord."

This was the work He commissioned us to do.

Matthew 5:14-16

"You are the light of the world," He said, "... Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

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9. Matthew 7:21-29 Cut off by their own choice

Not every one that says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but [only] he that does the will of My Father which is in heaven. Many [not a few] will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name? And in Your name have cast out devils? And in Your name done many wonderful works?

And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from Me, you that work iniquity.

Therefore whosoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock [of obedience].

And every one that hears these sayings of Mine, and does them not, shall be likened to a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at His doctrine: for He taught them as one having authority [knowing the truth of the Bible], and not as the scribes [who were never certain].

At the final day, many will claim admission to Christ's kingdom, but the answer is, "I tell you, I know you not where you are [from]; depart from Me." Matthew 7:22. In this life they have not entered into fellowship with Christ; therefore they know not the language of heaven, they are strangers to its joy. "What man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God." I Corinthians 2:11.

Saddest of all words that ever fell on mortal ear are those words of doom, "I know you not." The fellowship of the Spirit, which has been slighted, could alone make them one with the joyous throng at the marriage feast. In that scene they cannot participate. Its light would fall on blinded eyes, its melody upon deaf ears. Its love and joy could awake no chord of gladness in the world-benumbed heart. They are shut out from heaven by their own unfitness for its companionship.

We cannot be ready to meet the Lord by waking when the cry is heard, "Behold, the Bridegroom!" and then gathering up our empty lamps to have them replenished. We cannot keep Christ apart from our lives here, and yet be fitted for His companionship in heaven.

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10. Luke 19:11-27 We need to do something before He can return

And as they heard these things, He added and spoke a parable, because He was near to Jerusalem [on His way to Calvary], and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.

He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds [a lot of money], and said to them, Occupy till I come.

But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called to him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.

Then came the first, saying, Lord, your pound has gained ten pounds.

And he said to him, Well, you good servant: because you have been faithful in a very little, have you authority over ten cities.

And the second came, saying, Lord, your pound has gained five pounds. And he said likewise to him, Be you also over five cities.

And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is your pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin: for I feared you, because you are an austere [rigid] man: you take up that you laid not down, and reap that you did not sow. And he says to him, Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow: why then gave not you my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required my own with usury [interest]?

And he said to them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that has ten pounds. (And they said to him, Lord, he [already] has ten pounds!).

For I say to you, That to every one which has shall be given [more]; and from him that has not [gained], even that he has shall be taken away from him. But those My enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring here, and slay them before Me.

Upon the slothful servant the sentence was, "Take therefore the talent from him, and give it to him which has ten talents", and the others objected. Even today, many do not understand this judgment (statement) of God, but it is a natural reaction, not a punishment.

Here, as in the reward of the faithful worker, is indicated not merely the reward at the final judgment but the gradual process of retribution in this life. As in the natural, so in the spiritual world: every power unused will weaken and decay.

Activity is the law of life; idleness is death. Use it or lose it, as the saying goes. "The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal." 1 Corinthians 12:7. Employed to bless others, his gifts increase. Shut up to self-serving they diminish, and are finally withdrawn. He who refuses to impart that which he has received will at last find that he has nothing to give.

He is consenting to a process that surely dwarfs and finally destroys the faculties of the soul. [Return to Notes for The Revelation Chapter Two]

Let none suppose that they can live a life of selfishness, and then, having served their own interests, enter into the joy of their Lord. In the joy of unselfish love they could not participate. They would not be fitted for the heavenly courts. They could not appreciate the pure atmosphere of love and service that pervades heaven. The voices of the angels and the music of their harps would not satisfy them. To their minds the science of heaven would be as an enigma or great puzzle.

In the great judgment day those who have not worked for Christ, those who have drifted along, carrying no responsibility, thinking of themselves, pleasing themselves, will be placed by the Judge of all the earth with those who did evil. They receive the same condemnation.

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11. Matthew 5:16 Let - don't try!

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Christ does not bid His followers strive to shine. He says, Let your light shine. If you have received the grace of God, the light is in you. Remove the obstructions, and the Lord's glory will be revealed. The light will shine forth to penetrate and dispel the darkness. You cannot help shining within the range of your influence.

But no man can impart that which he himself has not received. In the work of God, humanity can originate nothing. No man can by his own effort make himself a light bearer for God. It was the golden oil emptied by the heavenly messengers into the golden tubes, to be conducted from the golden bowl into the lamps of the sanctuary, that produced a continuous bright and shining light. It is the love of God continually transferred to man that enables him to impart light. Into the hearts of all who are united to God by faith the golden oil of love flows freely, to shine out again in good works, in real, heartfelt service for God.

In the great and measureless gift of the Holy Spirit are contained all of heaven's resources. It is not because of any restriction on the part of God that the riches of His grace do not flow earthward to men. If all were willing to receive, all would become filled with His Spirit.

Because they are not connected with some directly religious work, many feel that their lives are useless, that they can do nothing for the advancement of God’s kingdom.

This is a mistake. If their work is that which someone must do, they should not accuse themselves of uselessness in the household of God. Any honest work is a blessing, and faithfulness in it may prove to be a training for higher trusts. Remember the boy Daniel?

The Lord in His distribution of gifts is testing character. Will we do some "big" thing but ignore a smaller one?

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12. 1 Corinthians 12:4-25 The church is likened to a body

Now there are diversities [differences] of gifts [in the church], but the same Spirit [is in control of all]. And there are differences of administrations [ministries], but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations [activities], but it is the same God which work all in all.

But the manifestation [or gift] of the Spirit is given to every man [and woman] to profit by. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers [different] kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues.

But all these works that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man [or woman] severally [individually] as He will.

For as the body is one, and has many members [or organs], and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ [or Christianity]. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body [church], whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member [or organ], but many.

If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

But now has God set the members every one of them in the body, as it has pleased Him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members [organs], yet but one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

No, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: and those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable [or virtuous], upon these we [ought to] bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely [unattractive] parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely [attractive] parts have no need: but God has tempered [or welded] the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: that there should be no schism [or breaks] in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

Galatians 5:22-25 The joy of the Lord

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law [needed]. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

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13. John 15:7-16 Friendship with Jesus

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you [if you listen to Me], you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done to you. In this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be My disciples.

As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you: continue you in My love. If you keep My commandments, you shall abide in My love; even as I have kept My Father's commandments, and abide in His love.

These things have I spoken to you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is My commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what his lord does: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known to you. You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatever you shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it you.

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14. Ezekiel 33:30-31 Professors but not doers

Also, you son of man, the children of your people still are talking against [about] you by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that comes forth from the LORD. And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you as My people, and they hear your words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goes after their covetousness.

Many who profess to be Christians neglect the claims of God, and yet they do not feel that in this there is any wrong. They know that the blasphemer, the murderer, the adulterer, deserves punishment; but as for them, they enjoy the services of religion. They love to hear the gospel preached, and therefore they think themselves Christians. Though they have spent their lives in caring for themselves, they will be as much surprised as was the unfaithful servant in the parable to hear the sentence, "Take the talent from him." Like the Jews, they mistake the enjoyment of their blessings for the use they should make of them.

Many who excuse themselves from Christian effort plead their inability for the work. But did God make them so incapable? No, never. This inability has been produced by their own inactivity and perpetuated by their deliberate choice. Already, in their own characters, they are realizing the result of the sentence, "Take the talent from him." The continual misuse of their talents will effectually quench for them the Holy Spirit, which is the only light. The sentence, "Cast you the unprofitable servant into outer darkness," sets Heaven's seal to the choice which they themselves have made for eternity.

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15. Matthew 19:28-30 A reward after the judgment

And Jesus said to them, Verily I say to you, That you which have followed Me, in the regeneration [the new world] when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of His glory, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging [leading] the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that has forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

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16. Psalm 50:1-6 The final judgment scene

The mighty God, even the LORD, has spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun to the going down thereof [from east to west]. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God has shined. Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before Him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about Him. He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that He may judge His people.

Gather My saints together to Me; those that have made a covenant with Me by [self] sacrifice.

And the heavens shall declare His righteousness: for [the LORD] God [Jesus] is judge Himself. Selah.

Selah = stop and think carefully and prayerfully on what you have just read.

See Daniel 5:27

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17. James 1:27 Real Christianity is helping others

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

1 Timothy 6:17-19

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded [proud], nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy; that they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

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18. Luke 10:26-37 Loving care is the fulfilling of the law

He said to him, What is written in the law? How read you? And he answering said, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.

And He said to him, You have answered right: this do, and you shall live. But he, willing to justify himself, said to Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite [a temple worker], when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said to him, Take care of him; and whatever you spend more, when I come again, I will repay you.

Which now of these three, think you, was neighbour to him that fell among the thieves?

And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus to him, Go, and do you likewise.

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19. Obadiah Verse 15 An eternal principle

For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen [or unbelievers]: as you have done, it shall be done to you: your reward shall return upon your own head.

Matthew 26:52

Then said Jesus to him, Put up again your sword into his place: for all they that take the sword [using force] shall perish with the sword [by using force against themselves!]

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