posted on Aug, 8 2012 @ 09:49 AM
Originally posted by Deetermined
Regarding the sheep and goat judgement, as far as we know, they could be made up entirely of God's servants who either did or did not do anything
with their "five talents" as outlined previously in Matthew 25. This is also why it talks about people who claim to know Jesus, but Jesus says he
never knew them. Maybe it's all about the "profitable" servant versus the "unprofitable" servant.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Then the last verse of Matthew 25 says:
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Than again, we see the judgement of works through fire as well.
So if we look at these verses in 1 Corinthians 3, will these unprofitable servants be forgiven?
1 Corinthians 3:13-15
13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's
work of what sort it is.
14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Any additional insight on these verses and parables is most appreciated.
The unprofitable servant is only thrown into "outer darkness," with no mention of hell or hellfire. Their punishment is "everlasting," which
would be better rendered as "age-long," versus the eternal rewards. It's a long punishment, but not forever. As far as fire, we see that works
not acceptable to God will be burned up, but note carefully that the workers of these works SHALL BE SAVED. What could be plainer?
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on
earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from
the dead, that in all things He may have the pre-eminence.
19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile (apokatallasso) all things to Himself, by Him,
whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
ALL THINGS - no exceptions. Note, things on earth and things in heaven are mentioned, but not things in "hell," just maybe because it does not
exist??? Jesus came here and died, not just for the righteous, not just for sinners, but for (and to reconcile to Himself and the Father) the entire