-Φιλίας. Αυγή. Σιγμα. Πίστη.-
Friendship. Dawn. Sigma. Faith.
-Χάος. Δομή. Υπόλοιπο.-
Chaos. Structure. Balance
I am currently a 17 year old High School senior and an aspiring future pastor. This is my first attempt to write a sermon and Hopefully you can take something from this message. It is my hope that these writings will contribute to my learning as well as to yours and please remember that Feedback is welcome. May God bless you and the Peace of Jesus Christ be with you.
1. Throughout the Bible there is a reoccurring theme of God’s Judgment and on the Great White Throne. Christ tells that on that day people will be divided into two groups, on the right, the sheep, and on the left, the goats.
Matthew 25: 31 When 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:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
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:
The Goal of the Christian is to be separated to the right, as sheep.
But how is this relevant to the Final Judgment, The Second Death?
2. On the day of Judgment, the goats will appear before the white throne
Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Some of you may be wondering the place of the sheep, on the Day of Judgment.
We are told in Matthew 24: 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
Matthew 24:31 - And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
But where will you stand on the Day of the Lord? On that day will you be a goat or a sheep? Will you be taken into the heavens to meet your redeemer, or will you be kept on the earth, awaiting the great tribulation and the judgment throne?
Before we attempt to understand our own standing, we must first understand what is the character of the goat vs. the character of the sheep?
We must also understand the greatest commandment of God and its meaning towards man.
Matthew 22:36Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
But what is exactly is Love?
In 1 Corinthians 13 Paul tells us:
4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is notarrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, butrejoices with the truth; 7 [b]bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Understanding Love is the key to understanding the separation of the goats and the sheep.
A. What is the character of the Goat?
Matthew 25:41 Then 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:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then 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?
45 Then 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.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
B. What is the character of the Sheep?
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:
35 For 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:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And 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.
CONCLUSION: Where Will You Stand?
The scripture is clear on the difference between the goat and the sheep, giving assurance to the believer, to know his own standing. So look into your own heart and into your own actions, do you mirror the image of God through the Love of Christ, becoming free from the judgment of God? Or do you mirror the image of the world and her corruption through sin nature?
Remember it is spoken in Romans 3:23
”For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
But Christ offers the opportunity of salvation through his saving Grace, and tells us
John 10:9 ” I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
So have you accepted Jesus Christ? How are you living your life according to God’s commandments? On the Day of Judgment, will you be separated to the right, or to the left?