Albert N. Martin
Turn please to Matthew 25. Here they are glorified already. They are gathered with the assembled nations in their glorified bodies and in their perfected spirits. We have seen from the previous passages: He will take care of His dead saints and then His living saints. Then they will be bright before Him at the Judgment Seat.
Verse 31: “But when the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the angels with him, then shall he sit on the throne of his glory; and before him shall be gathered all the nations. [Now notice], and he shall separate them one from another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, and the goats on the left.”
What is the imagery? The Lord Jesus sits upon His throne, looks over the mass of humanity, and He openly identifies His own and says: “You’re a sheep; you’re a sheep; you’re a sheep; you’re a sheep.” And all the sheep He sets at His right hand. As surely as any competent Eastern shepherd was able to identify sheep from goats, and even distinguish among his own sheep, as surely as any competent Eastern shephard could separate sheep from goat, so will the Son of Man identify and openly, publicly separate His own. Read more