The eonian allotment of the “sheep” contrasted with our allotment
And yet, as blessed as the “sheep” among the nations will be during the eon to come, there is another category of people among the nations whose eonian allotment will be far superior to even the allotment of these righteous gentiles. The gentiles I have in mind are, of course, those whom God has chosen to become members of that collective entity which the apostle Paul referred to as “the body of Christ” (Rom. 12:4-5; 1 Cor. 12:12-27; Eph. 1:23; 2:16; 3:6; 4:4, 12, 16; 5:23, 30; Col. 1:18, 24; 2:19; 3:15).
One of the earliest references to the superior allotment of those in the body of Christ is found in 1 Corinthians 15:50. There, Paul wrote, “Now this I am averring, brethren, that flesh and blood is not able to enjoy an allotment in the kingdom of God, neither is corruption enjoying the allotment of incorruption.” To understand why the “allotment in the kingdom of God” that Paul had in mind here is vastly superior to the allotment of the “sheep,” it must be remembered that every gentile who will be present at the judgment described in Matthew 25:31-46 will be mortal, and with bodies of “flesh and blood.” As noted earlier, they will be among the survivors of the last seven years preceding the return of Christ at the end of this eon (the only other category of surviving humans who will enter the kingdom of God as mortals will be those constituting faithful Israel at Christ’s return, such as the 144,000 sealed Israelites referred to in Rev.7:2-8 and 14:1-5).