Matthew 13:47 - 50
NLT - 47 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a fishing net that was thrown into the water and caught fish of every kind. 48 When the net was full, they dragged it up onto the shore, sat down, and sorted the good fish into crates, but threw the bad ones away.
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In my opinion, the theme of the parable of the net (Matthew 13:47-50) is similar to another of the parables contained in Matthew 13 -- specifically, the parable of the wheat and the tares (Matthew 13:24-30). The redeemed and the unredeemed (as represented in the parable of the net by the "fish of every kind" mentioned in Matthew 13:47) are allowed to co-exist in the present age (including in the church), with no distinction made between them (that is, with some who will ultimately be lost grouped among those who will be saved). However, in the resurrection at the close of the age, they will be separated, with the redeemed (those who are made righteous through active faith in Christ) being eternally saved, and the unredeemed (those who rejected Christ (John 14:6); those whose professed faith was not reflected in their actions (Matthew 7:21-23; Matthew 25:31-46; James 2:14-26); and those depending for salvation solely on good works unaccompanied by, or not resulting from, faith in Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9)) being eternally lost.
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