The kingdom of heaven is compared to a net cast into the sea. We may assume it as dragnet, which considering the area to be scoured must be of infinite size. The Son of man deputes angels to gather the good and throw away the bad. It is not difficult to imagine it is about judgment by which God shall have the good to himself as in the case of the Parable of the tares. Basically the kingdom of heaven distinguishes two groups of people, namely children of light and children of wrath.
In Adam all have sinned and we know the word of God makes it clear: “They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one (Ro.3:12)”. The first Advent of Jesus Christ was to deliver men under condemnation and translate them unto children of light. He came into his own but they rejected him. When he castigated the Pharisees scribes and the elders who occupied the seats of honor he had this quote from Prophet Isaiah, “….But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men (Matt.15:9)”. The Jews of his time were smug and complaisant and their hypocrisy was such he told a parable to make them understand their woeful inadequacy to judge another (Lk. 18:9-14).
Does not the Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican fit the case of our present day evangelicalism and their so called activism? In what way such issues on LGBT or abortion have become matter for their condemnation? Jesus called the Pharisees hypocrites and we ought to pay heed how we judge others. We received mercy and God shall similarly deal with others in his own way. The blood of Jesus is much more efficient to treat the circumstance under which others live. Culture is one such issue that the modern churches have to deal with. Members of local churches adhering to white evangelicalism shall drive away ethnic minorities. With several divisions troubling the present day Christianity let us examine what it means to be born again.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!(2 Co.5:17-NIV)”Use of adverb ‘therefore’ indicates what was mentioned earlier. Newness of man is not merely with respect to his former life or allegiance he had to any particular cultural milieu. His position as a new creature is specific: he is hid in Christ ‘unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself (Ep.1:5).’ As such his cultural baggage is best left along with his former way of living as trivial. It also challenges anyone who comes to Christ what worth is the blood of Jesus to him personally? He came alone from mother’s womb and his new birth affirms that for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ everything else he had known and pursued as with others are nothing but rubbish. Let us briefly linger on the verse “And that he died for all, they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” Two points emerge: Jesus Christ died for all and secondly he should live unto him who died and rose again. For a Christian who is adopted by Christ unto himself cannot excuse his affiliation to treat any other than from his mode of new creation.
When Jesus of Nazareth assembled his disciples he had assured Peter and Andrew them that,”…. Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men(Matt.4:19)”. In the parable we find the waters mentioned. The waters speak of the world. “But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud (Is.57:20)”. In eternity no more sea shall be found (Rev.21:1) In the Book of Genesis we read of several separations. One such separation spoke of light from darkness. Water below the firmament and above is another. Instead of sea we shall have pure water of life coming from heaven instead of the sea.
The parable of the net teaches as what it is to be found for use of God. In Christ we are new creation no longer to be lumped together with groups that wage their struggle with the world using their own weapons. Thus to jump into the bandwagon of political parties or becoming apologist for serial adulterers and turncoats to their faith howsoever high they might be is to be entangled in the old.(2 Pe.2:22). It is fool’s business to treat the death of our Lord Savior as of no worth. All their glory shall desert them and their ideology worthless when God judges the world.