Gospel of Matthew Immortality Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter:Verse)
"I tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (NRSV 8:11-12)
And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (KJV 8:11-12)
Later on, Jesus will tell the Canaanite woman that he came just for "the house of Israel" (15:24). But here, he says that the "heirs of the kingdom" will be punished for not believing in him. What gives?
Then the disciples came and asked him, "Why do you speak to them in parables?" he answered, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given." (NRSV 13:10-11)
And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. (KJV 13:10-11)
Well, this seems a little exclusive. Do we get any more explanation as to why Jesus speaks in parables? Is it really to keep secrets from the outsiders? Or does he just like to wax poetic?
"I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." (NRSV 16:19)
And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (KJV 16:19)
Peter gets a major promotion when Jesus passes on his authority. And this explains why St. Peter is traditionally believed to be the welcoming party for new arrivals at the gates of heaven.