Matthew 25:40 Meaning of Whatsoever You Do to the Least of My Brothers

Matthew 25:40
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

Explanation and Commentary on Matthew 25:40

The story is about what will happen on the judgment day. There will be different people from all over the world to be judged and then, everyone would be separated. The sheep and the goats. The sheep will be on the right-hand side of the King while the goats will be on the left-hand side of the king. The sheep on the right would be commended for doing the right thing for their brethren. The goats refused to help others not knowing that it is the king they are doing it for will make the king reject them.

“The King will reply.”

Who is the king? In verse 31, it says “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.” The one who will sit on the throne is the Son of Man and that is Jesus Christ. It would be Jesus Christ judging everyone according to what they have done. Jesus is the king of glory. Jesus is the one on the throne because Jesus has conquered death.

“Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

The main message of this story Jesus was telling the people is to teach them to do good. Giving to the poor is a thing that we must push ourselves to do. Doing this means we are obeying the command which is “love your neighbor as yourself”.

There is a huge difference in giving to the people and giving so that people will see you giving. They both have different rewards. What we have is from God. Only God gives wealth. If we can’t use it well, then we will not receive the genuine authentic reward.

Matthew 6:2
“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.”

The reward the Bible was saying here is the “human” reward. When they give and they are being hailed for giving to people, that’s their reward. They have it already. Those who give in secret have their rewards with God.

Matthew 25:34
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.”

We should give to people knowing that we are doing it for God.

Here is an exceptional short video breaking down the book of Matthew, which included Matthew 25.

Biblical Translations of Matthew 25:40

NIV
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

NLT
“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’”

ESV
“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”

KJV
“And the King shall answer and say unto them, ‘Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.'”

NKJV
“And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’”

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