Two Kinds of People in This Age, Spiritually Speaking

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Jesus holds His people to a higher standard of behavior than He does those who don’t know Him (Matthew 5:46, 47; Luke 6:32, 33, 34).  And the degree of interest we are to take in the morality of our brothers is greater than that we are to take in the lives of unbelievers (Matthew 18:15, 16, 17).  The following verses help us to think about relating to people based on whether or not they are Christians.  (Many of the verses offer analogies rather than dealing explicitly with Christian versus Non-Christian responsibilities.)

The two kinds of people in this table roughly corresponds to Two Places on This Earth, Spiritually Speaking.  For example, this table would include references to people who are “outside” (e.g. Colossians 4:5) while that table would include references to the “outside” itself (e.g. Luke 13:25, 28).  Sometimes the difference can be subtle or even immaterial.  In such cases, the two tables are talking about practically the same thing.

Of course, not all Christians are genuinely devoted to Christ.  For this further division, we need some further guidance from the Scriptures.  See Two Kinds of Christians in This Age, Spiritually Speaking.

Two Kinds of People in This Age, Spiritually Speaking

Matthew 5:6those who hunger and thirst for righteousness
Matthew 5:46, 47tax-gatherers, Gentilesdisciples
Matthew 13:38the sons of the evil onethe sons of the kingdom
Matthew 18:15, 16, 17Gentile, tax-gathererbrother, the church
Matthew 25:31-goats
Mark 4:10-11those who are outsideHis followers
Luke 6:32, 33, 34sinnersdisciples
Luke 9:60the dead
Acts 11:26the church..the disciples were first called Christians
Romans 3:9GreeksJews
Romans 3:29GentilesJews
Romans 5:10enemies
1 Corinthians 5:12outsidersthose who are within
1 Corinthians 5:13those who are outside
1 Corinthians 6:1the unrighteousthe saints
1 Corinthians 6:4the church
1 Corinthians 6:5brethren
1 Corinthians 6:6unbelieversbrothers
1 Corinthians 6:9athe unrighteous
1 Corinthians 6:9b-10fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, effeminate, homosexuals, thieves, the covetous, drunkards, revilers, swindlers
1 Corinthians 14:22unbelieversthose who believe
2 Corinthians 6:15unbelieverbeliever
Galatians 2:15sinners from among the GentilesJews by nature
Galatians 6:10those who are of the household of the faith
Ephesians 2:2the sons of disobedience
Ephesians 2:3children of wrath
Ephesians 5:6the sons of disobedience
Colossians 3:6the sons of disobedience
Colossians 4:5outsiders
1 Thessalonians 4:10, 11, 12outsidersbrethren
1 Timothy 3:5, 7those outsidethe church of God
1 Timothy 4:10believers
2 Timothy 2:19those who are His, everyone who names the name of the Lord
2 Timothy 3:4lovers of pleasurelovers of God
Hebrews 13:1the brethren
James 4:4friends of the world, enemies of Godfriends of God, enemies of the world
1 Peter 2:10 (Hosea 1:10; 2:23)NOT A PEOPLETHE PEOPLE OF GOD
1 Peter 2:17the brotherhood
2 Peter 2:14accursed children
1 John 3:10the children of the devilthe children of God
Revelation 21:7, 8the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liarsHe who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son
Revelation 22:14-15the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lyingthose who wash their robes
Malachi 3:16those who fear the Lord and who esteem His name
Malachi 3:18the wickedthe righteous
Malachi 3:18the one who does not serve Himthe one who serves God
This table identifies verses that help guide us in relating to people in our world. Since knowledge of Christ is the most important knowledge in the world, it stands to reason that we would relate to Christians differently than we would relate to those who are not Christians. To take an obvious example, we could expect a Christian to appreciate our devotion to Christ but we would have no reason to expect that of someone who was not a Christian.