Matthew 25:34, “Then 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.”
It’s nice to be rewarded for a job well done. Who doesn’t appreciate a promotion, a raise, a bonus, to show recognition for the work ethic and value that one has established? The one that does the promoting is the supervisor, the boss, the “head honcho.” In this verse the King tells speaks a blessing to the sheep which he places on His right, which is the position of blessing.
The previous verses speak of Christ’s return in glory with His holy angels. “He shall sit upon the throne of His glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left”
It is the King who is inviting those sheep (God’s people) to inherit the blessing. What was the criterion for those that inherit the blessing, because the goats (the false converts) do not inherit the blessing?
1. One must live in divine order “Then the King say unto them on His right hand, Come”. When one proclaims that one is a Christian it is assumed that there is a declaration of allegiance to Christ. A Christian means a follower of Christ. He is our “head honcho” that goes before us, He is in charge and you and I are not. Who looks like the leader of your life, you or Jesus? Examine your priorities: How do you spend your time, does it speak divine authority? Does your TV get more of you than Jesus? Are your finances used more to build His Kingdom or yours? Do the gifts God gave you bring about your glory or His?
2. The inheritance is actualized “Inherit the Kingdom prepared for you“. Esau was the firstborn of Isaac and therefore he had the birthright to the blessing of his father. Unfortunately he sold his birthright to his manipulating brother Jacob. Although he had the right of the firstborn, he did not value it over a small bowl of soup. Esau lost his birthright and consequently his blessing because he did not want the birthright. He despised it. Genesis 27:27-30 are the words of blessing spoken over Jacob. Beyond the words, one day Jacob would receive the inheritance of his father that was spoken over him. Like Jacob we were once deceivers, manipulators, but while we were yet sinners Christ died for us, and upon our repentance toward God and faith toward Jesus Christ our sin debt was paid for and we became children of the King. Paul writes, “Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory (Rom 8:17).”
3. God’s Kingdom will become our Kingdom! “…the Kingdom prepared for you.” There are only two kingdoms, the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of darkness. When the King does the separating of His sheep from the goats, the sheep will enter into the Kingdom that has been prepared for them from the foundation of the world.
Are you living in divine order? Do you realize that you if you are His sheep that you are an heir of the Kingdom of God, and that His Kingdom will one day be your Kingdom and “we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is,” and worship for all eternity? “Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as He is pure (1 John 3:2-3).” Until the nets are filled…Blessing, Pastor Phil <><