Jesus Made it Simple
Whatsoever you have done to the least of these, you have done it to me Jesus stated.
Jesus describes our responsibility in the two great laws
We are responsible for one another in the Bible. Although there are seemingly a mountain of codices and rules in the Bible, Jesus made it dead simple so that anyone can understand. When confronted about which laws to obey and whose, Jesus replied;
“Thou shalt love ( Αγαπηειξ, unconditional love) the Lord thy God with all thy heart ( Καρδια), and with all thy soul ( ψυχη), and with all thy mind ( διανοια). This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it. Thou shalt love ( Αγαπηειξ, unconditional love) thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the laws and the prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40; 1 Deuteronomy 6:5; Leviticus 19:9-18; Timothy 1:5; Galatians 5:14
The love in both cases is given as a derivative of agape; unconditional love, such as the love of the mother to the newborn and visa versa as codependents; for the mother looks totally after the infant and later in life, the now mature child looks after the aged mother with the same totality. The laws and theprophetshave to do with the Mosaic law that expresses how this love is demonstrated and the prophets have to do with wisdom and understanding. All of this is further detailed in the passage, also in Matthew chapter 25: 31 to 46 where Jesus again states what he means.
"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels ( αγγελοι) with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
We have to carefully divide the word of God (2 Timothy 2:15. 2 Corinthians 4:2) as instructed in the Bible itself, thus, when we examine the following, especially near the end, we find that eternity comes from the Greek for age, or age lasting. What specifically that age is, is not clear in the verse, but it can be seen as it was in the Old Testament prophets when we are told of a child of a hundred years, or in this case, the hint of zodiacal life modeled as a projection of the familiar on earth into the heavens as the zodiac, or a zodiacal age. We take the familiar even today and project it onto the unknown in a bid to advance understanding. Our word zoo, or zoology has its root in the Greek signifying something alive as opposed to dead. Seen in context, punishment and life are not seen as outside of time, or eternal as translated by the KJV, but as a fixed period of time that is age lasting. Examined further in other texts we read that God fashions some vessels for honour and others for dishonour (2 Timothy 2:19-21). We will be getting deeper into that one shortly.
Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil ( διαβολω) and his angels ( αγγελοιξ). For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.' "They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?' "He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.' "Then they will go away to eternal punishment ( κολασιν αλωνιον, cutting off, age lasting), but the righteous to eternal life( ςωην αλωνιον, life, age lasting) ."
The measure of righteousness then is the kind treatment of those around you. If you are decent to others and help them in need as you are periodically in need of help, then you are in line to inherit the kingdom of God according to Jesus Christ. Those who ignore the plight of others, or worse, create it (Schaudenfreud), will be cut off from the kingdom. In the passage, Jesus refers to the son of man; not the son of God, even though the son of man comes in glory with the support of his αγγελοι-angels.
In many Bibles, the term αλωνιον-aeon is translated eternal or even world and this is something of a misnomer. It is not to be without end; for the postulate that that which has a beginning also has an end as any other cycle in nature, applies here and is further substantiated on Revelation when the devil is loosed for a season after being bound a thousand years (Revelation 20:1-3).
Jesus led by example which we are to follow if we say we are followers of Jesus. Jesus had much to say about economy and imperialist oppression. He lived in the days of Roman imperialism and Jewish state collaboration and further, committed his life to sacrifice under that yoke of torture on a Roman cross of crucifixion that we may be free. It comes down to this. If we have what we need, and what's more, have more than what we need and see others who are in need and shut them out, then it can be said we failed the love test of God. If we say we love God and fail on this, then we are noting more than liars, and as Jesus correctly said, of the devil, a liar and murderer from the beginning (John 8:43-45).
“But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?” 1 John 3:17
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