Only Two Kinds

In the parable of the net cast into the sea, Jesus says that it “gathered some of every kind” of fish. Yes, this world does contain all sorts of people! We come in different colors, shapes, and sizes. Some are brilliant, others not as smart. Beautiful and plain; energetic and lethargic; athletic and clumsy; educated and uneducated – the list of contrasts goes on and on. But, according to Jesus, at the end of the age, we shall all be divided into two kinds: wicked and just. The former will endure everlasting torment in a “hell of fire.” He had already said that the righteous will” shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father” (13:43). As we have seen already, Jesus does not mean that anyone is without sin or perfectly righteous. He refers, instead, to a tendency in life; an orientation towards God, oneself, and others; an inclination of the heart; a general pattern of attitudes and actions. Disciples of Christ trust in Him, not themselves; they seek God’s kingdom, not the riches of this world; they look for eternal happiness, not temporal pleasure. Knowing God’s mercy, they forgive others; knowing His love, they pass it on. Hearing His word, they respond in faith and obedience. Confessing their sins, they receive daily pardon. At the end of the age, they will enter everlasting blessedness. Everyone else will be cast into unending misery. There are only two kinds of people, and only two final destinies. Which kind are you? If you are not sure, now is the time to forsake all and follow Christ.