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Oct 31, 2014 1393
“Many will come from the east and the west, and will take their place at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” ([tippy title=”Matthew 8:11-12″ class=”” showheader=”true” href=”” width=”450″ height=”150″]11 I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12 while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”[/tippy]).
In Jesus’ day “the subjects of the kingdom” were the Jews, and the people “from the east and the west” were the Gentiles who, according to the Jews, were all destined for hell.
“The subjects of the kingdom” today are the established churches throughout the land that teach their people they are saved because they are members of their denomination. And the people “from the east and the west” – the ‘outsiders’ they reject – who meet to search their Bibles for the good news of salvation, are the people who put their trust fully in Jesus because they have nothing else to rely upon. These people are the ones Jesus shall invite to his great welcome-home dinner.