“I tell you, many will come from the east and west to share the banquet with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, but the sons of the kingdom will be thrown out into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 8:11-12 (NET)
Is Jesus referring to the “sons of the kingdom” as Abraham, Issac, and Jacob being thrown out into outer darkness? I would argue unlikely, but I am confused.
It seems even more odd that Jesus using the term “sons of the kingdom” would be in reference to the Holy Angels or Believers in Christ.
We read elsewhere about Sonship:
“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “ Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself bears witness to our spirit that we are God’s children. And if children, then heirs (namely, heirs of God and also fellow heirs with Christ) —if indeed we suffer with him so we may also be glorified with him.” Romans 8:14-17 (NET)
So cross reference Romans 8:14-17 with Matthew 8:12, this seems to be way harder to interpret here. I am not suggesting though that the terms “the sons of God” & “the sons of the kingdom” are identical titles, rather I am suggesting they have a similar identity attached to them, namely: being of the Kingdom of God.
Furthermore, Jesus using similar language, yet not identical language, said this in Luke:
“Then Jesus traveled throughout towns and villages, teaching and making his way toward Jerusalem. Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few be saved?” So he said to them, “Exert every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.
Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, then you will stand outside and start to knock on the door and beg him, ‘Lord, let us in!’ But he will answer you, ‘I don’t know where you come from.’ Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’
But he will reply, ‘I don’t know where you come from! Go away from me, all you evildoers!’ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves thrown out. Then people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and take their places at the banquet table in the kingdom of God. But indeed, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.” Luke 13:22-30 (NET)
**My 5 questions are:
1st: How do we interpret what Jesus is saying here?
2nd: Is he saying that Abraham, Issac, and Jacob will be cast out?
3rd: Or that these 3 patriarchs will participate casting people out of God’s kingdom?
4th: Or that “sons of the kingdom” will themselves be cast into outer darkness?
5th: If they are related to God as “sons of the kingdom” how then & why would they be cast out?
Text under review: “but the sons of the kingdom will be thrown out into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 8:12 (NET)