What is the meaning of the Parable of the Sheep and Goats?


Matthew 25:31 - 46

ESV - 31 When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

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Matthew 25 is three parables. If the parable of the ten virgins is about the kingdom of heaven rewarding the people who keep their lamps trimmed with eternal life, then it reveals to us that 50% of us will inherit eternal life. Five were prepared and five weren't.

In the second parable about the three servants given talents to do business with, two out of three were rewarded. That's 67%. So is it half or two thirds of us who will be saved?

No number of sheep and goats was given. The third parable is not like the other two, although it's laid next to them for a comparison...

In the first parable there were 5 sheep and five goats. The second had 2 sheep and 1 goat. The third didn't give a number of the sheep or the goats. Clearly these parables go together like the 3 parables in Luke 15. The third parable is the one the other two are there to highlight.

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