Re:Verse reading–Matthew 25:31-46 (day seven).
He is the prof who tells in advance what the final exam will be. No mystery. Only one question. “Are you in right relationship to the Christ?”
Some people read this story and conclude that Jesus was teaching us to be charitable, and that charity, in and of itself, is a way to be saved. I think they are mistaken.
“By grace through faith”, says the Scripture, declaring clearly the way of eternal life. A careful reading of this story reveals that it is not so much the charity done (hungry fed, naked clothed etc.) as the relationship with Christ that these deeds indicated. “I was hungry and you gave ME food” says the Lord. Faith in Christ is the inward reality. Charity is the outward expression.
Deeds, even charitable ones, can never substitute for faith. They can, however, prove it is present with saving power.
Are you ready for your final exam?