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But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever ° much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

12:48 much required. This principle applies to the saved in heaven (I Corinthians 3:11-15) as well as to the unsaved in hell. At “the judgment seat of Christ” (II Corinthians 5:10), all born-again believers will see their work examined to see “what sort it is.” This passage clearly teaches that, for example, those born in Christian homes, in Christian lands, with abundant access to Bibles, churches, and schools, as well as other privileges, will be evaluated more critically than those believers who served the Lord without such advantages.

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