First And Last

I have often heard people say that the last will be first and the first will be last is Jesus’ way of explaining how the meek will inherit the earth and so forth. The humble ones, the little ones, will get the position of power.

That never quite answered the meaning for me. If the last, the meek, become the leaders, the first, then, as the first, they would then become the last!

I read recently a better definition of the first being the last thing. If the first are last and the last are first, basically, that means it’s a tie! How else could you say both things and be consistent?

The point is, God is no respecter of persons, we’re all equally sinful and all believers are equal in Christ. The Great Tie.

4 thoughts on “First And Last”

  1. Well, forgive me for being skeptical of your line of argument there. I’d always taken it as “the first [present] will be last [future] and the last [present] first [future].” Where did you read this?

    It would be nice if you’re right since that would explain the parable of the laborers in the vineyard. (Where everyone is paid equally at the end.)

  2. I can’t remember exactly where I read it. It might have been in John MacArthur. The phrase is From Matthew 19:28-30 and seems to pretty clearly be talking about people. His followers were forsaking things but would get thrones in the Kingdom. Which, even if that is the case, it seems to do away with the tie idea!

  3. Yeah, I’d be skeptical of the idea of a “tie” since Christians will receive different rewards in heaven based on their good works on earth (1 Cor. 3:12-15). I’ve recently come to the conclusion that Jesus told the parable of the workers in the vineyard (Matt. 20:1-16) simply to demonstrate that it’s perfectly reasonable for God to reward people as He sees fit. This means that it’s not necessarily the famous, bigshot Christians who will get the big rewards…it could be you and me if we walk with the Lord wholeheartedly and do His will.

    If you’re not famous on earth, maybe you will be in heaven. I think C. S. Lewis made this point in The Great Divorce.

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