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PostSubject: The Least Of These My Brethren And Angels Unawares   Mon Feb 24, 2014 8:08 am


Jesus taught that whatever is done to the least of his brothers, it is done also to him.  See Matthew 25.40 & 45.  Also, it is taught in Hebrews 13.2 not to neglect showing love or hospitality to strangers because they might be angels unawares.  With these Scriptural admonitions, who should we not help in this life?  

What about trhe homeless?  Some of them could be the least of the brothers of Christ, or perhaps angels of heaven.  How is anyone to know?  Therefore, does it not make sense to always give them shelter, for they might be a brother of Christ, or an angel.  So, what you do for them, or not do for them, as the case may be, you are doing or not doing for Christ or an angel.  And, would that same thing be true for anyone we see?  

When I look at society, I see a lot of people being neglected.  Where is the Christian church?  Why isn't the Christian church helping them?  

I know people that withhold helping people who are, in their opinion, unworthy of help.  So they set standards of wothiness.  If they smoke, their unworthy.  If they drink alcoholic beverages, their unworthy.  If they watch TV, they are unworthy.  People who make standards like these are more like Pharisees than any of the disciples of Christ.  

So, who are the "least of these," and "angels unawares"?

John Gill in his commentary on Matthew 25 says,
John Gill's Commentary on Matthew 25 wrote:
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me: which is to be understood, not in so limited a sense, as to regard only the apostles, and the least of them, for these were not the only brethren of Christ; nor in so large a sense, as to include all in human nature; but the saints only, the children of God, and household of faith: for though acts of charity and humanity are to be done to all men, yet especially to these; and indeed, these only can be considered as the brethren of Christ, who are born of God, and do the will of Christ; for such he accounts his mother, brethren, and sisters; and who are not only of the same human nature, but in the same covenant with him, and the sons of God, not by nature, as he is the Son of God, but by adoption, and so are heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ: now he that does any of the above acts of kindness to these "brethren" of Christ, and because they stand in such a relation to him, even the "least" of them: though he is not an apostle, or a martyr, or a preacher of the Gospel, or has any considerable gifts and abilities for usefulness, but is a weak believer in spiritual things, as well as poor in temporal things; and though it is but to "one" of these opportunity and circumstances not allowing it to be done to more; yet as such is the humility and condescension of this great king, as to account such mean persons his brethren; such also is his grace and goodness, as to reckon every instance of kindness and respect shown to them, as done to himself in person; and will take notice of it, accept and reward it, as if it had been so done. http://biblehub.com/commentaries/gill/matthew/25.htm
And this is John Gill's commentary on Hebrews 13.2,
John Gill's Commentary On Hebrews 13 wrote:
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.  Be not forgetful to entertain strangers,.... By whom are meant, not unconverted men, who are strangers to God and Christ, and the covenants of promise; nor saints, who are as pilgrims and strangers in this world; but such as are of another country, and are unknown; and even though wicked men, they are not excluded; though such as are obliged to quit their own country for righteousness sake are chiefly designed; all strangers in distress are meant, and hospitality is to be exercised towards them; which lies negatively in doing nothing to distress them, and positively in providing food, raiment, lodging, &c. for them, and in comforting, counselling, and directing them in all matters in which they may stand in need thereof: and that this is a duty, appears from the light of nature, and practices of the Heathens, Acts 28:2, from the express law of God, Deuteronomy 10:19 and many others made in favour of strangers, binding on the Jews; from the sundry exhortations to it in the New Testament, Romans 12:13 and from the exhortation here not to forget it; and from the great regard which Christ will show to such as mind it, and his disregard to others at the last day: the persons who are to exercise it are not only the ministers of the Gospel, who should be given to hospitality; but all the saints, even the meaner sort are not exempted, but should use it according to their ability; though it is chiefly binding on those that are rich. And this should not be forgot, but pursued and followed after; it should be frequently performed; men should be given, and used to it; it should be done without grudging, and in a friendly and loving manner:
for thereby some have entertained angels unawares; as Abraham, Genesis 18:1, he knew them not to be angels at first; they appeared as men, and he treated them as such; but they were angels, yea, one of them was Jehovah himself; and hereby he received many favours, Genesis 18:10, and Lot, Genesis 19:1 who knew not that they were angels he took into his house; but they were, and he was delivered by them from the burning of Sodom; yea, some have unawares, this way, entertained Christ himself, Luke 24:15 and indeed, entertaining of his members is entertaining him, Matthew 25:38. It is an observation of a Jewish writer (r) upon the first of these instances;
"from hence we learn (says he) how great is the strength (or virtue) of the reception of travellers (or hospitality), as the Rabbins of blessed memory say, greater is , "hospitality", than the reception of the face of the Shechinah.''
And this is said to be one of the six things which a man enjoys the fruit of in this world, and for which there remains a reward in the world to come (s).
(r) R. Abraham Seba in Tzeror Hammor, fol. 18, 4. (s) T. Bab. Sabbat, fol. 127. 1." - http://biblehub.com/commentaries/gill/hebrews/13.htm

It is plain, based on John Gill's commentary that no Christian should ever go hungry, thirsty, naked, etc.  If they do, it's obvious fellow Christians are failing in their duty to Christ.  But, he also points out, "acts of charity and humanity are to be done to all men."  The fact that so many in this world are being neglected is further proof that the Christians are failing in their duty to Christ.  

Here in the United States of America, Christianity control about 20% of the economy.  So why are so many doing without basic needs such as food and shelter.  Most people do have clothes, although, sometimes not to adequate.  The fact that there are people freezing to death shows the failure of American Christianity.  

What will be the end of American Christianity if they neglect their duty to Christ.  The ASV states in Matthew 25.46 they shall "go away into eternal punishment."  

Failing in their duty to Christ in this way is one more of the wicked ways American Christianity must turn away from if Jehovah God is expected to heal America.

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