Sunday, September 26, 2010

Matthew 25:34, "The" Plan!

Ματθαῖον 25·34 τότε ἐρεῖ ὁ βασιλεὺς τοῖς ἐκ δεξιῶν αὐτοῦ, Δεῦτε, οἱ εὐλογημένοι τοῦ πατρός μου, κληρονομήσατε τὴν ἡτοιμασμένην ὑμῖν βασιλείαν ἀπὸ καταβολῆς κόσμου. 
Then the king will say to the ones on his right, “Come, the ones who are blessed by my father, inherit the kingdom that has been prepared for you from the foundation of the world.  Matthew 25:34
κληρονομήσατε is a command.  “You inherit!” or “You take it!”
ἀπὸ καταβολῆς κόσμου is an idiom that means “when the world was created”.  So the “inheritance” or the "Kingdom of God" was prepared at the same time as the world was created.  Thus, God knew how all of this was going to unfold before he created anything.  God did not create “plan a” and then “plan b”.  He created “the plan”!

1 comment:

  1. The "Kingdom of God" you speak of is in reality the "Kingdom of Heaven" (vs.1 & 14), and they are not the same. With that said, a cross reference of Genesis 1:1 shows you that the kingdom and the earth were created at the same time. Ahh, the untold nuggets of the English text which so few ever discover.