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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

Sermon Passage:

Matthew 25:31-46

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: 32And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 41Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45Then 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. 46And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (KJV)

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