"The Fishing Net Parable"

Matthew 13:47-52: "Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away.

This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

"Have you understood all these things?" Jesus asked. "Yes," they replied.

He said to them, "Therefore every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old."

Commentary:
The parable of the fishing net is about the Judgment Seat of Christ at the end times. It is for all people, but here Jesus was delivering it directly to the scribes.

There were different types and sizes of nets used in that time. The ones used in this parable were large, heavy nets with weights attached to the bottom. When dragged in to the shore they would invariably catch many fish, both edible and inedible; which had to be separated.

This parable compares the harvest of both good and bad fish, to a time at the end of the age when there will be a gathering of all people. The Righteous will be brought to God, and the followers of satan cast away.

The "Righteous people" mentioned in this Scripture are not righteous from living a perfect life, but because they have been saved by the Blood of the Lamb.

Each born again Christian will face the Judgment Seat of Christ, and be found not guilty because Jesus paid for their sins.

The blood of the lamb does not cover the sins of the unsaved. Since they did not allow Jesus to pay for their sins, they will be found guilty.

Those whose name is not written in the "Lambs Book of Life" will not enter Heaven; but will later stand in judgment at the "Great White Throne," where they will be found guilty; totally separated from God; and thrown into the lake of fire.

It will not matter if that person had belonged to a church or a religious organization. The only thing that will get anyone into Heaven is if he/she has Been Born Again

Jesus wanted to make sure the teachers of the Law understood the meaning of this parable. Although they understood the Old Law, those who followed Him would also need to understand His teachings.

He connected His New Testament teachings with the Old Testament by comparing them to the owner of a house who brings out both new treasures as well as old treasures from his storeroom.

The Scribes would understand this teaching because they often compared the law to things of great worth, such as a pearl or a treasure.

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