In Which Resurrection Do The Sheep Appear

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Hi R____,
Thank you for your question. You ask:
“Will the sheep be the called in the second resurrection?”
The answer is, no. In ‘Bible- speak, the sheep will be placed on Christ’s right hand, and the goats are on His left hand.

Mat 25:31  When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
Mat 25:32  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth [ his] sheep from the goats:
Mat 25:33  And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
Mat 25:34  Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

In ‘Bible- speak’ the sheep are set at Christ’s right hand and inherit a kingdom. Who are we told are at Christ’s right hand? Who inherits a kingdom and rules with Christ?

Mat 22:44  The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?

Yes, Christ is sitting at His Father’s right hand. But where are those who are in Christ?

Eph 1:20  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
Eph 1:21  Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
Eph 1:22  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
Eph 1:23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all
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There it is! “the church” is the fullness of Christ who is the fullness of His Father, and we are all therefore at the right hand of God, because we are seated with Christ in the heavens, even now. Let’s look again at verse 20:

Eph 1:20  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

Where does that put those who are in Christ at this time?

Eph 2:6  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

So those who receive a kingdom to rule over are even now “seated with Christ… at the right hand of the Father, in the heavens.” Are those who receive this kingdom in the first resurrection, or are they in the second resurrection? What do the scriptures say?

Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy [ is] he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

Christ told His apostles that He appointed them a kingdom just as His Father had appointed Him a kingdom:

Luk 22:29  And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;

Those who receive that kingdom are those in that blessed and holy first resurrection, who shall reign with Him a thousand years. Where are those people while in this flesh? They are seated with Christ in spirit at the Father’s right hand.
That is the sheep. All others are called “goats.”
I hope that helps you to see who God’s Word calls sheep and who God’s Word calls goats. Let me know if you still have a question.
Your brother in Christ,
Mike

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