Jesus made a series of collective statements about the kingdom of heaven that we may need to take a look at:
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid
it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
It appears as though the kingdom of heaven has a certain value…….worth selling everything that you have in order to retain it.
It is something that is worth giving up everything for.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.
46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
It is something that you would be willing to pay the cost in order to get because it is expensive.
It doesn’t come cheap…..which is different from the “salvation” that Christians present which is “free”.
47 “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish.
48 When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away.
The fish here seem to symbolize different types of people……good and bad.
The good will be collected and put into baskets…… the bad will be thrown away.
I guess the question comes……which fish would you be?
49 This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous
50 and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
51 “Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked. “Yes,” they replied.
52 He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”
53 When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there.
Here Jesus makes a rather scary prophesy.
Maybe we should go back in order to go forward.
Before Jesus came there was an “age”
An age where men could become “servants” of God based on their obedience of the law.
Then Jesus came and marked the beginning of a different age.
An age where men could become “sons” of God……and have an intimate relationship with him.
At the end of this age…….
Angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous.
Needless to say…… each individual has a choice as to which category he/she wishes to fall into……destiny plays no role in this.
The wicked will be thrown into a fiery furnace……and there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
For the sake of the discussion…… ill throw in something I consider to be important.
We are not told that the wicked will be in the fiery furnace “for eternity”.
We are told that they will be thrown into the fiery furnace at the end of this age……after which “there will be other ages to come”.
The relevance of this point will become more evident as we continue to explore.
To be continued………..