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Ask Donnell - Who Did Jesus Say Would Be Cast Into Outer Darkness?

Ask Donnell - Who Did Jesus Say Would Be Cast Into Outer Darkness?

We received this question from Owen;

"In Matthew 8, what did Jesus mean by; 'The Children of the Kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness?' Who are the children of the Kingdom?"

Owen, this is a big question. We're going to have to work a little to find this answer so let's get to work. In the scriptures there are three distinct references to outer darkness and in each case, different people are being cast there.

Case 1 - The Children of the Kingdom

Matthew 8:10-12(KJV) - When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! 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.

Case 2 - The Improperly Dressed Guest at the Wedding

Matthew 22:11-13(KJV) - And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Case 3 - The Unprofitable Servant

Matthew 25:28-30(KJV) - Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

So what exactly did Jesus mean by outer darkness? I think the first clue to finding the answer is the phrase that follows; "there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth". Just in case we're not sure where outer darkness is, Jesus made it clear that it's the place where you'll find weeping and gnashing of teeth. This leads to the next question; "Where do you find weeping and gnashing of teeth?" We know one place where we don't need to look. Heaven! According to Revelation 21, there is no crying in heaven. Nonetheless, let's see what The Bible says.

Matthew 13:41-42(KJV) - The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 13:49-50(KJV) - So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 24:48-51(KJV) - But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Luke 13:27-28(KJV) - But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.

In Matthew 13:42 and 50, Jesus said that weeping and gnashing of teeth will be found in the furnace of fire. This obviously is a reference to hell which in Revelation 20:14 will eventually be thrown into the Lake of Fire. In Matthew 24:51, the evil servant will be cut to pieces and given the same portion as the hypocrites. So what is their portion? The Bible says in Job 27:8 that God will take away the soul of the hypocrite. Also, Luke 13:27-28 says that workers of iniquity will be weeping and gnashing their teeth when they are thrown out of God's Kingdom. Hence, those who are sent into outer darkness will lose their soul and be thrown out of God's Kingdom.

What does this all mean? Outer darkness is a reference to hell. It's the place where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth for eternity. It's what my Apostle in Atlanta calls "the smoking section". So when Jesus says that The Children of The Kingdom will be cast into outer darkness He means they will be cast into hell. Now let's understand exactly who he's referring to.

Matthew 8:10-12(KJV) - When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! 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.

In this passage, Jesus is comparing the faith of a foreign centurion to the faith of people in Israel. This foreigner had more faith than God's chosen people. When Jesus said that many would come from the east and west, and shall sit down in the kingdom while the children of the kingdom shall be cast into outer darkness He was continuing the same comparison. Those coming from the east and west are the foreigners and the children of the kingdom are God's chosen people. In other words, He was pointing out that several people of Israel would reject Him and end up in hell while outsiders (Gentiles) like the centurion would accept Him and end up in heaven.

John 1:10-13(NKJV) - He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Surprise! Surprise! 🙂 What Jesus said is exactly what happened. Many of the Jews rejected Jesus and in fact, some still reject Him. They are awaiting their Messiah, totally unaware that He came already. On the other hand, salvation was offered to the Gentiles and many of us accepted. That's how we reserved our spots in The Kingdom. We are part of the many who came from the east and west. We accepted Jesus so we are going to sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in heaven while some of the Children of The Kingdom (Jews) chose to reject Jesus and will spend eternity in hell. Until Jesus died, The Children of The Kingdom referred only to the Jews. The rest of us became a part of The Kingdom through Jesus.

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