3And God said, LET THERE BE LIGHT: and there was light. Outer darkness and weeping and gnashing of teeth have to represent something they don’t represent anywhere else in scripture. Others were interested. The Darkness - I Wish I Was in Heaven Lyrics. The second thing to understand is that Matthew’s eschatology was not as well developed as ours or even as well developed as Paul’s or John’s. To be consistent with the banquet imagery in the rest of Scripture, our parable must be about getting into the kingdom / heaven— not about attending special events in the kingdom. In fact, it seems that if Matthew uses “outer darkness” with “gnashing of teeth” in three passages and fire and brimstone with “gnashing of teeth” in two passages, perhaps the “outer darkness” is the same place that is characterized by fire and brimstone. Is this a contradiction in the Bible? Life is slowly showing me its evidence. The darkness is a reminder of our mortality and coming death. There is no longer any need for it. They want ‘a little light so that the darkness becomes heaven’ [part of the lyrics of the popular Greek song Χρειάζεται ένα θαύμα (A miracle’s needed)]. The Lamb of the LORD shall be the light. 4. He thought the Master was a hard man. I’m not going to attempt to solve this debate in this paper, but you must recognize that when one lays either one of those theological grids over our passage, different interpretations result. A hint of the quality of the new heaven and new earth is found in the somewhat cryptic words, “Also there was no more sea” (Rev. Life as we know it Ain't what it was This isn't living I know this because I lived like a champion The envy of me I only live Vicariously A Does debt affect giving in modern times in light of the Israelite tithe and slaves? Jesus is calling us to be the light of the world. in a dark room, if you light a match, you will see the light of the match. Those who are not saved will be weeping and gnashing their teeth at being “cast out.”. He quickly realized there was a solution to his problems. During that time, grief can consume a person utterly. That does not make it less sinful. The question is: where is the outer darkness? Then in the next verse we see that many will come from the east and the west and make it into the kingdom. But some teach that this is just the darkness outside the banquet hall in heaven, or as I have named it—heaven’s suburb. We can’t force our eschatology on Matthew. And although it is less relevant to Matthew’s use of the term, we should consider other authors’ use of the terms. As such, whatever replaces the sunsets will be so beautiful that those in heaven will never even miss what they had on Earth. What does the Bible say to the church, and to the individual Christian, about the role of politics in the church? 43 “Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Heaven is going to be a very different place than Earth. Matt 20:13, and 26:50). In heaven, there is no darkness at all. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: ). These “sons” have no faith. If they are cast out, are they not “off the estate” or out of the kingdom? The contrast has to be between two equal characters. Hodges says, providing wedding garments for guests “seems not to have been the custom in those days,” But, unless Gower, who has no axe to grind, is just plain wrong, wedding clothes were often provided by wealthy hosts.7 If this is true, then it may be that the man who showed up at the marriage feast without the proper attire refused to wear those provided. Instead, there is gratitude and love in heaven. Understanding the parable this way is much more consistent with the context and the rest of Scripture. Perhaps this evaluation by the King in the parable is more like the great white throne judgment which purpose is to determine eternal destiny—not eternal privilege. If you ask most people if they think they are going to heaven, they will say they think so because they think God will judge them on whether they were mostly bad or mostly good. 88) He equates the King’s observation of the guests at the banquet to the Bema seat where Christ judges the believers for their good works. These things, however, will not occur in heaven at all. Because this is such a hot topic with those from the Grace Evangelical Society, I want to emphasize that I’m not saying this man thought he was saved because he thought he believed, but was rejected because his works proved he had not. :4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 1. 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