- The poor in spirit
- Those that mourn
- The meek
- Those who thirst and hunger after righteousness
- The merciful
- The pure in heart
- The peacemakers
- Those who were persecuted for righteousness sake
- Those who were reviled and who people said evil things about for Christ’s sake
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:
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.
One can compare those who hunger and thirst after righteousness and who are meek to Cornelius the Centurion in Acts 10, who gave to the people (Israel), and who prayed to God under all circumstances – he had a good report among all the nation of the Jews, in other words, he blessed Israel – Genesis 12:3. This is the reason why God heard Cornelius’s prayer, and his alms were had in rememberance in the sight of God.
In verse 35 sit states THAT IN EVERY NATION, anyone who fears God and does works of righteousness is accepted of Him. How do we know this is Kingdom Gospel doctrine and not Pauline doctrine? (as stated in Acts 10) –
Because verse 36 to 37 confirms it. The word which God sent unto the children of Israel…..
And because mainline denominationalists do not rightly divide the word of truth (as per 2 Timothy 2:15), they think or are under the impression that the Levitical and Mosaic Law (given to Israel) is in effect today and that they should adhere to it, and they quote Matthew 5:17. What they do not realise is that when Christ rules and reigns in a future time He will only then fulfill the Law – by implementing it.
To gain entry into the Kingdom of Heaven, Christ said one’s works of righteousness needs to exceed that of the Scribes and Pharisees as per Matthew 5:20, of course this isn’t in effect today as our good works count for nothing, it’s all about Christ’s righteousness which is imputed to us today when we believe the Grace Gospel.
According to Israel’s Kingdom Gospel, not only will one’s actual evil actions and deeds matter, but also one’s intent -premeditation, one’s thoughts, as well as harbouring them in one’s heart, hence the reason in times to come men will be judged by their fruit according to Matthew 7:16-20. This is the very reason why Christ said that not everyone who says to Him, “Lord, Lord” will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only those who do the will of God which is believing in Christ (that He is the son of God) and doing works of righteousness.
Israel’s plan of salvation for times to come and during Christ’s earthly ministry, as well as during the times the twelve walked the earth wasn’t hid or unsearchable, i.e., it wasn’t a mystery – Read 1 Peter 1:10-11, then compare it to the mystery revealed to the Apostle Paul which is our doctrine for today – Ephesians 3:2-10.
Jesus isn’t OUR perfect sacrifice, the Lamb whereupon we are to continually place our sins each and every time we mess things up. 1 Peter 1:23. Christ is our Saviour in whose finished work on Calvary’s cross we trust in, whereupon we are saved and sealed unto the day of redemption. We cannot lose our salvation if we do not place our sins on the perfect lamb of God.
Israel born again is mentioned in 1 Peter 2:9-10. The generation that is saved at the end of the tribulation is a chosen generation (Israel), a royal Priesthood with Christ as their High Priest (High Priest – according to the Levitical Law), an holy nation (singular). He calls them out of darkness. They weren’t a people – like today – but become the people of God once again. This is confirmed in Isaiah 1:2-4.
They have to practise works of righteousness for their SALVATION – Isaiah 1:16-17.
This is the reason why they have to endure to the end in order to be saved – because it is dependent on their works – they are not only justified by faith, but their works as well, and each time they sin – they have to confess it and place the sin onto their perfect sacrifice – the Lamb of God,.