RE Verse reading–Matthew 25:31-46 (day one) “To the extent you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to me”( vs 40) Historically, there have been two main ways to interpret Matt 25. One view takes “these brothers of Mine” to mean the poor generally. Christ’s criterion for judgement is charity. (Neither of these two interpretations teaches salvation by works. “We are saved by faith, and judged by works” is the old Puritan proverb) In the second construct, “these brothers” refers to the Church, the people of God spread out over the world and time doing His will and work. We are (history will testify) often hungry, in prison and in need by virtue of our obedience to Savior’s mission. In this scenario, the nations of the world (and the people) are judged by their support of and welcome to the Church. Which did Christ mean? More this week as we think together. . .