The Tests of the Final Judgment
Matthew 25:34-44
Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed of my Father…

I. The TERMS of judgment.

1. Negatively.

(1) Not the mere rightness of a creed.

(2) Not any inwrought impression upon the man's own mind, if unattended by the outward marks of a converted heart.

(3) That which is furnished in the life.

II. The JUSTICE WHICH IS MANIFESTED IN THE APPOINTMENT OF THESE TERMS. Love to Christ is the principle, without which there can be no present enjoyment and no hope of future glory. Thus we hold it to be a test of final judgment, an evidence of love to the Saviour, to have honoured the people of Christ, especially those without rank or standing in society. All the riches of providential gift are intended to be the materials whereon stated Christian principle shall work. But mark the consideration of the Saviour: He has so brought down this exhibition of charity that it is within the reach of all, a cup of cold water.

(S. Robins, M. A.)

I. Consider the UNION which subsists between the Redeemer and His people, and the happy privilege it implies — "these, My brethren."

II. The indispensable DORIES which the brethren of Christ owe to each other.

(W. Clarke.)

I. GUARD AGAINST MISTAKE. Men think that if only they are generous they will be saved. That we cannot be justified by the merit of almsgiving.


1. That though men are not justified by our works they shall be judged by them. That the Judge will pay especial attention to works of charity.

(A. MeCaul, D. D.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: 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:

WEB: Then the King will tell those on his right hand, 'Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;

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