Entering the Kingdom of God is not a pass or fail issue. Some will be called "great" in the Kingdom, and some will
be called, "least". Some will have a big inheritance, and some a small. Below are a few verses that show that not
everyone will be resurrected equally.
And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to
be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. And he said unto him, Well, thou good
servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. And the second
came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five
Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have
therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration
when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the
twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother,
or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting
And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into
the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the
kingdom of heaven.
Psalm 19:7-11 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the
eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous
altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the
honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily
I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be
fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be
called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great
in the kingdom of heaven.
By looking at the above verse, can you tell me who will be called “least in the kingdom” and “great in the kingdom
If you found out that you were going to be called “great in the kingdom of heaven” would it affect you in a
negative way? How about if someone walked up to you today and gave you ten million dollars, would that affect
you in a negative way? I know some people who have a lot of money, and they walk, talk and behave with much
pride. They think that they should be called “great” on earth. Some of them have the “look at me” attitude.
And the real crazy thing is, some of these people were blessed (or cursed) with the money from a marriage,
inheritance, or some lucky investment and they still walk around with their shoulders back, in a “look at me”
attitude. Many will probably say, “If someone gave me a million dollars, it won’t affect me”. Well, the
chances are extremely high that it will.
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of
heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man
to enter into the kingdom of God.
There is nothing wrong with having a lot of money. In fact, having a lot of money is supposed to be a good
thing. Keeping the law is also supposed to be a good thing, but to the Pharisees, keeping the law was like a
rich man showing off his wealth. The Pharisees got “puffed up” by keeping the law. They were very prideful of
keeping the law. Pride is first on the list of the six things the LORD hates (Proverbs 6:16-17). By looking at
other people, the Pharisees thought that they were more righteous than others because they thought they kept the
law better than the others. They would also add things to the law that they thought would make them a more
Keeping the law can make you healthy, wealthy and wise, but it will not make you righteous. Just one small sin
will make you unrighteous. Don’t look at other people and their failures. Let God be their judge. Focus fixing
your own shortcomings and then the true meaning of “grace” becomes much clearer.
Just as someone giving you a ten million dollar gift, Christ gave you salvation as a free gift. You didn’t earn
it. Don’t get puffed up! We are only made righteous by the blood of Christ!
There might be a lot of people who are just coming to the realization that the law still applies. Many of these
people will want to go out and tell everyone of their “new revelation”. I personally will not teach someone that
the law still applies unless they are ready to hear it. There are some things that are not meant for everyone to
understand (Matthew 13:10-15). If I think that the person will become like the Pharisees and “puff” themselves
up, then I avoid telling them about some of the law and focus on other things in that person’s life first.
To sum it up: Christ gets you in the Kingdom (for those who repent). Keeping the Law of God gets you better
rewards in the Kingdom (as long as you don’t get puffed up).