10 The Trail Divides

Reading the Bible Using the References From Panin and Stegenga

Bible Students
"Come Let Us Reason Together"


10) The Trail Divides

This is how we use both Panin's Bible and the Stegenga concordance and read through the Bible each year.

Come Let Us Reason Together - 266

Matthew 25:31-46

"But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.

Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation 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; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to 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? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick or in prison, and come to You?

The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'

Then He will also say to those on His left, 'Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; 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; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.'

Then they themselves also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick or in prison, and did not take care of You?' Then He will answer them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.' These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

Galatians 5:19-24

"Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things, there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires."

Did you notice

Galatians 5:19-21 is the list of the lusts of the flesh, and the last one in particular "and things like these"?

So what we can conclude is that the lusts of the flesh are too numerous to mention all of them. "And things like these" leaves the door open to look at other things that are lusts of the flesh.

With this in mind, we're going to look at the scripture above in Matthew 25:31-46 and compare it with Galatians 5:16-24 and then ask the following questions:

1) Can you compare what the sheep did with the fruit of the Spirit?

2) How about the goats, what compares with the lusts of the flesh? (How about "And things like these"?)

3) What 6 things did the sheep do?

4) What 6 things didn't the goats do?

5) Can you think of any scriptures for these 6 things that say what they really are?

If you want me to go into this, please email me at [email protected].

See you in No.11 – When Did the Trail First Divide?

10 The Trail Divides