Invited In

 Matthew 25 Parable

Matthew 25:35 …

‘For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited me in;”

This passage is still about Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 23-24-25. Continue as we continue through the book of Matthew. Jesus said that anything that was done to a believer, whether it be good or evil, he considered it done to him. Of the things concerning the Spirit, Jesus presents the good things about mercy and love. We are hearing constantly that the collapse of the entire world is coming this year. And yet, there are men rich enough to feed the whole world but will lift not a finger to help them. That is not the kind of people of which Jesus is speaking.

This is not particularly a physical connection, but moral. It certainly is a union of feelings, interests, plans and destiny. Or, in other words, he and his people have similar feelings, love the same objects, share the same trials and inherit the same blessedness. Except for visiting the imprisoned, the actions that Jesus lists are standard righteous deeds in Israelite ethics. Providing for the poor, giving hospitality to the stranger and visiting the sick were basic to Israelite piety.

The good works here described imply three things, which must be found in all that are saved. Self-denial, love to our brethren and believing in regard to Jesus Christ. That which is here rewarded is the relieving of the poor for Jesus sake, out of love to him, and with an eye to him. It appears that the preposition “sun” implies “along with.” Ye took me with you into the household circle.

Matthew 25 Parable

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