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The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats

Matthew 25:31-46, Andrew Love, October 8, 2017

Sermon Notes:


  • Introduction to the parable
  • Recap of previous parables
  • Parable of the talents
  • Identifying who is the true and false believer
  • Scripture is clear that there is a separation 
  • Overview:
    • He will come again (v31)
    • He will separate the peoples (v32-33)
    • He will reward or punish according to works (v34-36)

He will come again (v31)

  • His second coming will not be like His first coming
    • Evey eye will see Him
    • He will be glorified in all His power and majesty
  • Jesus is in the middle of His mount of olives discourse
  • He will come again:
    • 24:30-31
    • 24:44
    • The dead will rise (like Lazarus)
    • The Parable of the Ten Virgins
    • The Parable of the Talents
    • Many scoff or mock at His coming
    • Rev 1:7 - all will see Him
    • Thess - He will come with a shout
    • The elements will pass away and there will be a new heaven and a new earth - Rev 6:14-17
    • There will be fear and dread, but not for the Church

He will separate the peoples (v32-33)

  • Not separating one nation from another
    • Going amongst the nations
    • The sheep are separated from the goats (the believer from the non-believer)
    • One will be taken and one left
  • Left and right hand:
    • The sheep is the symbol of the Christian
    • The goat is a symbol of unbelievers
    • The right hand is a symbol of blessing, honour and inheritance
      • Are you looking forward to this inheritance?

He will reward or punish according to works (v34-36)

  • Rev
  • Rewards are in the realm of work
    • Not salvation by works - this is a contradiction to the whole of Scripture
  • Those who are saved are those who are blessed by the Father
    • Explanation
    • The proof of their salvation is their works
    • We identify believers by seeing holiness in their lives (e.g. v35-36)
  • v35-45
    • The spirit of the Christian is humble
    • The works are done for the love of God
    • The unbeliever is oblivious
    • Works not just confined to the brethren
  • v41
    • No worse words to hear
    • These words do not compare to any rejection in this life
    • Everlasting and eternal - the Greek words are the same
    • Everlasting punishment (for those who reject Christ) but eternal life (for those who love Christ)
    • Everlasting punishment - an awful place to be
    • If you are a non-Christian: think very carefully
    • These words of warning are given in love
  • Have you believed in Christ?

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

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