Study of Matthew 25:31-46 ~ My answers to BSF study questions
10. a. The verses don’t specifically say where Jesus will reign as King other than on His throne. However, Jesus said “When the Son of Man comes in His glory…” it seems to refer to coming back to earth. These additional verses also seem to say the same thing.
b. Jesus will judge all nations; all people everywhere; the world.
11. a. The righteous cared for Jesus by doing the following:
- giving food to the hungry
- giving a drink to the thirsty
- gave shelter to a stranger
- gave clothing to someone in need
- took care of someone who was sick
- visited someone in prison
b. The unrighteous failed to do the following:
- They did not feed the hungry person.
- They did not give a drink to the thirsty.
- They did not give shelter to a stranger.
- They did not give clothing to the someone in need.
- They did not take care of someone who was sick.
- They did not visit someone in prison.
12. a. Lord, when did we see you hungry, thirsty, a stranger, without clothing, sick, or in prison?
b. Romans 2:7-11 Lest this question provoke a true believer to succumb to condemnation—
Romans 3:23 says all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, and Romans 6:23 says the wages of sin is death. Therefore, if the only thing evaluated at the judgment was our actions, we would all be damned. But this verse (and hundreds of others) shows there will be mercy on those who are seeking to please God….this cannot be interpreted in a way that removes Jesus and salvation by grace through faith.” Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.
I believe—and the questions the righteous asked Jesus seem to support this—we are often unaware of our actions that will be rewarded. A smile, a silent prayer for someone who seems sad, an item we donated and forgot about, etc.—the things truly done for God may flow out of us so naturally we are unaware of their impact.
Those in public “ministry” so often receive acclaim and accolades, we may feel our daily kindness to a lonely neighbor pales in comparison. Only God knows whether or not we are motivated by a desire to please Him.
James 2:14-17—The apparent contradiction between faith/grace and works causes many to teach and preach works. Thankfully, there are some who are good at explaining grace—
…faith alone does save. As John Calvin said long ago, “Faith alone saves, but saving faith is never alone.” True faith has actions. That’s the point James is making.
…just saying you believe is as useless as just telling someone in need all their needs are met. It takes more than words to solve physical need. There needs to be corresponding actions. Likewise, it takes more than just saying we believe; we have to have corresponding actions to our faith to see any tangible results. Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.
1 John 3:16-19—This passage reminds me of 1 Corinthians 13, often referred to as the love chapter. When we receive the revelation that Jesus loved us so much, He paid the price for our sins, we in turn have compassion and love to share with others. Without love, even “acts of mercy” are like the Pharisees who sounded a trumpet to attract attention before they gave money to a poor person.