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MATTHEW CHAPTER 25

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1-4 "Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 "Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. 3 "For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps. 

 

Mat 25,1-46

(49m) Judgment >> God judges the world >> Condition of the Church in the last days

Mat 25,1-30

(5k) Responsibility >> Discipleship tested >> God tests your strength through perseverance – Endurance is the flipside of perseverance, and though they are opposites, they have many things in common. Question: Is the parable of the ten virgins about perseverance or endurance? Perhaps it is both, Perseverance in gathering enough oil to endure the long night. The wise distinguished themselves from the foolish by collecting extra oil for their lamps. The Bible speaks about both perseverance and endurance in equal doses as requirements in getting through the tribulation. We must fight for the will of God (Perseverance) and against our flesh (Endurance) at the same time.

(84c) Thy kingdom come >> Be on the alert >> Be faithful till Jesus comes >> Invite the return of Christ

Mat 25,1-23

(32f) Gift of God >> Father will honor you if you die to self >> In His service

(236e) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Invest your strength into the kingdom >> Invest your labors

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Mat 25,1-13

(7l) Responsibility >> Use time wisely >> Get ready >> Use this time to gather –  The ten wise virgins collected a large repository of oil for their lamps because they knew how important it was to meet their bridegroom with their lamps trimmed, and because they did not know how long it would take their master to return. However, the fact that the foolish virgins took no extra oil with them indicates that they made a prediction about when their bridegroom would return. That is, they gambled and lost. Both the wise and the foolish had the same amount of time to gather as much oil as possible, but gathered different amounts. So, what were the foolish virgins doing with their time and money instead of gathering oil? What they did speaks volumes about their lack of faith. The master stood outside the door and waited for the foolish to run out of oil before He called them, so they might not receive the reward of the wise, because their foolish hearts were not with Him.

(8e) Responsible to interact with God >> Prepare to meet Jesus by living a holy life

(49d) Judgment >> Those who are unfruitful in His kingdom are destroyed -- These verses go with verses 28-30. This parable is about the last days. Thousands of years have past since Jesus was crucified with many generations living and dying, this parable not applying to them, and all the while God was filling up His heaven with their souls, though many of them were lazy in spirit. In the last generation those who attempt the same, laziness will become their downfall. Jesus said the coming tribulation will be the worst time in human history, suggesting that many will become martyrs. Put that level of stress on lazy-spirited people will turn them in tail between their legs. The one who has been faithful throughout his life will be prepared for the test. He will know that to be martyred is not the worst that can happen to him. Their flesh may be killed, but their spirit will continue; the moment their body fails, they will be in paradise, and so what have they lost? To live in this world is actually more fearful than death! Trying to figure our way through this life can be fraught with treachery, anxiety and concern, but death for the Christian is a release from all this. The foolish virgins apparently saw things differently.

(106a) Thy Kingdom Come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> Knowing the sound of His voice >> God speaks in the darkness to shine the light – Some people make faith in Jesus look easy, while others make it look very difficult. Our faith in Jesus is the flame in our lamps that God has charged us to keep burning; we must occasionally purchase oil so we don’t run out of fuel, referring to our relationship with Jesus through the word of God and prayer. God has not given us authority to light our own lamps; only He can spark our lamps to life, and His spark is our faith. We must maintain this flame throughout our lives, but how do we convince God to light our lamp in the first place? By dedicating our lives to doing His will, we promise to live for Him and for His cause and purpose forever. If we have this sincere attitude, God will light our lamps so we may see how to serve Him in a world of darkness, and we will shine for Him, but if we allow our light to die, how will we light it again?

(140a) Temple >> Temple made without hands >> Hiding place >> The doorway -- This door represents the plea of the foolish to be raptured with the wise. Before the rapture occurs the door will be open (Rev 3,8-10) leading to the Spirit realm wherein the wise will venture. Within this door they will have a relationship with Jesus unlike any relationship of any generation, even greater than that of the early church.

(172g) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Tares among the wheat >> Hypocrites among the just >> Lazy among the prudent -- These verses go with verses 24-33. This parable depicts two kinds of Christians: those who get saved and are faithful, and those who get saved and are lazy. Lazy Christians depend on an experience they had on the day of their salvation, but recalling a spiritual high throughout their lives will not get them through hard times. When Satan comes to test them, they pull out the date of their salvation and say, ‘The Lord rebuke you,’ but memories fade and Satan will get them to doubt whether they ever believed. Maybe they had a moment of confidence, or maybe an epiphany, or a spot of porridge stuck in the craw. The prudent’s relationship with God is not the same. They use the day of their salvation as a seed they nurture, like building a house, each day adding another board to it until the house is completed, so they gathered oil for their lamps, and they also have a canister filled with oil. They were prepared.

(186a) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> Blasphemy >> Unwilling to obey the revelation from heaven >> Unwilling to walk in God’s ability -- These verses go with verses 24-30. The oil represents the virgin’s relationship with God. Jesus placed oil in their lanterns and lit their lamps on the day of their salvation and commanded them to replenish the supply of oil filling an extra canister, but the foolish neglected to do this, and their lamps went out just before Christ returned. They never sought to enhance their relationship with God; they never became students of the word or disciples of prayer; they never made good on their commitment to remain faithful.

(186e) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> The reprobate >> Man’s role in becoming a reprobate >> The fool does nothing with Christ

(196j) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Spiritual laziness >> Replacing God’s standard of excellence with yours >> Sleeping in the spirit – The Bible doesn’t give us any direction on how to prepare for the last days, except to hone our relationship with Christ; that is all we need to do. He never gave us a set of instructions on how to prepare for endtimes, because He plans to provide for us during the great tribulation, just as He did for Israel during the exile of Moses from Egypt. He sent them manna, and He will do the same for those in the last days. God will effect a Great Endtime Revival, and through that revival He will give us everything we need to survive, that we may partake of the Rapture in His time. However, the foolish were bankrupt in their spiritual laziness, which has its roots in the doctrine of easy-believism. They were actually taught that doing the will of God was an option as though they didn’t need to prepare, since Jesus would come for them before the tribulation. The foolish bought into the deception of false teachings because they were appealing to the flesh. This way they could get saved and also live however they wanted without having to modify their behavior to fit the teachings of Christ. However, there was a price for choosing the world over Christ, their eternal souls! It was all fun and games until there was a heavenly shout.

(197i) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Man withers when he is in control >> Unfaithful to God -- These verses go with verses 24-30

(204d) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Back-slider >> Practicing sin >> The apostasy

(206k) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Eternal security? >> Perish in your omission of righteousness -- These verses go with verses 24-30. The wise and the foolish collectively represent the Church. When Jesus delayed and the foolish were running out of oil, the time came when they didn’t expect to be here anymore, and they didn’t understand why Jesus wasn't coming for them as they were taught. This lack of oil represents their lack of diligence; it also represents their faith. They became slothful and drowsy and fell asleep, and since half the Church fell asleep, what was the other half supposed to do? They fell asleep too. Jesus taught us to give without expecting anything in return, but that did not apply to their oil. If it were like worldly possessions, they would have given whatever the foolish needed, but this was their oil. We can share the products of our faith, which is the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, etc., but faith itself is nontransferable. Jesus called them virgins because they hadn’t taken the mark of the beast. The person who takes the mark will have in essence given his virginity to the antichrist. God views those who take the mark as having had spiritual intercourse with the devil, and not even the foolish virgins were willing to do that. They were well versed in the Scriptures; they went to church; they heard about the antichrist and his mark; they knew better than to receive it, but they were not interested in a relationship with God, and this was the fault that Jesus had with them. It goes back to Rev 2-4, “you have left your first love.”

(214b) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing transcends our comprehension >> God’s time does not make sense to the natural mind – The parable of the Ten Virgins is about the delay of Christ's return, which occurred in the middle of the night, referring to spiritual darkness and apostasy. This is the time we would least expect Him to return, for most people would quit waiting for Him by then, which was the very reason of His delay. We would like Jesus to return in broad daylight, for that is when we would be most prepared and alert; instead, He will come at a time when even the prudent will have become drowsy and spiritually fallen asleep. Being asleep is not what distinguishes the wise from the foolish; what distinguishes them is the amount of oil they had on reserve. Since they didn’t know when He was coming, the wise virgins prepared for a time longer than expected, whereas the foolish made a prediction based on the amount of oil they brought, believing He would come sooner. They believed in the pre-tribulation Rapture, though they were warned of His delay. Jesus said that no one knows the day or the hour. Anyone who is a student of the word knows not to set dates. The foolish virgins read their Bibles, but they acted contrary to what they knew.

(223k) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Miss God >> Missing the train >> Miss the return of Jesus Christ – The door was open for a long time before the owner of the house got up and shut it, so those involved had all the time they needed to repent but didn’t do it. The time God gives is sufficient, so if they don’t repent by then, they never will, and that is the message God will bring to their judgment. They can complain, but they had no intension of repenting, and that is why God shut the door. The moment had come and gone, and when they meet God at the judgment, they will be without excuse.

(225k) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Parables about the wedding feast

(226a) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Parables about lamps – Jesus did not know the foolish virgins. They ran out of oil and went to the dealers to buy more, but it doesn’t say they returned with more oil; they just returned. Even if they did make a purchase, Jesus still didn’t know them, because they let their lamps die. Jesus fills our lanterns with oil and lights our lamps for us on the day of our spiritual birth, but he never gives us any matches. They discovered they were strangers to Him. If our lamp is not lit, He doesn’t know us; however, the fact that their lamps were lit at one time means they were once His children, and now they’re not. His true children do not let their flame die. They developed doctrines that allowed them to continue in their worldly lifestyle; they never accepted God’s process of sanctification.

(232f) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Count the cost >> Procrastination

(236l) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> The Rapture >> The day of the Lord

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Mat 25,1-10

(194c) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Run to God >> Running to meet Jesus prior to His visitation – The two parables describing the Church in the last days is the Prodigal Son and the Ten Virgins. The parable of the prodigal son is different from the Ten Virgins in that the prodigal son still loved his Father and still believed in Him, but he fell to temptation. His problems were of a fleshly nature, whereas the problems of the Ten Virgins were of a spiritual nature, which are much stickier. The double-minded prodigal son spent his inheritance on loose living, forfeiting his rewards in heaven, though heaven itself was still in sight, whereas the foolish virgins spent their faith on doubt and unbelief. Another difference between these two parables is that the prodigal son did not lie to himself or to God. He knew what he was doing was wrong, whereas the five foolish virgins were like the Church in Sardis (Rev 3-1,2) who developed a name for itself in the world. Sardis believed it was still serving God while it was seeking acclaim from the world. Rom 2-29 says, “He is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.” The church in Sardis was losing interest in being a Jew inwardly; they no longer had a heart circumcised by the Spirit, and they no longer sought praise from God. They considered themselves doing great exploits for God through their worldly name and reputation. The same is true of the five foolish virgins, but is not true of the prodigal son.

Mat 25,1-4

(251b) Priorities >> God’s prerequisites >> Making plans according to the will of God >> Making plans according to the counsel of His will

 

5-13 "Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. 6 "But at midnight there was a shout, 'Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' 7 "Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 "The foolish said to the prudent, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' 9 "But the prudent answered, 'No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.' 10 "And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. 11 "Later the other virgins also came, saying, 'Lord, lord, open up for us.' 12 "But he answered, 'Truly I say to you, I do not know you.' 13 "Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.

 

Mat 25-5

(237c) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> Rapture is delayed – The Church will remain in the world throughout the tribulation, since it is the tribulation of the saints (Mat 24-9). We define the tribulation; we must be here; otherwise, there would be no tribulation. What is the implication of the bridegroom’s delay? There was a 2000-year period between Adam and Abraham, there was a 2000-year period between Abraham and Christ and there was a 2000-year period between Christ and our own time. It is currently 2020 and the clock is still ticking; so far Christ has delayed twenty years. It doesn’t say how long He would delay; He only promised He would. When the foolish virgins went back to the world to buy oil, whom do you suppose was waiting for them? While the antichrist is in power, nobody can buy or sell without receiving the mark of the beast. When they returned, Jesus saw their mark and told them, “Truly I say to you, I do not know you” (Mat 25-12). The last word of this parable is a warning to stay on the alert, for we do not know the day or the hour.

Mat 25,8-13

(165a) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world is at enmity with God >> The world rejects God

Mat 25-8,9

(24h) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Being envious of your brother – The oil represents the anointing of the Holy Spirit, which is priceless. They had oil to spare for themselves but had none to share with the foolish. They wanted the wise to give them their oil, but only God can impart the anointing; it cannot be transferred from person to person, so they were really asking for something they couldn't give. The wise persevered; they were diligent; they sacrificed fun and games for commitment and devotion to Christ. Jesus commanded us to give to the poor, but He also taught that when it came to the anointing, we are to be wise about it. We should protect it with our lives, as Paul said in 2Tim 1-14, “Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.” The wise were diligent to hold onto their oil, and they learned diligence in the process of obtaining it.

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Mat 25-10

(23a) Sin >> Pride closes the windows of heaven

(202e) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Running to your sinful nature >> Laziness has plenty of ambition to run from God -- This verse goes with verse 18. Here lies one of the many ironies of the Bible: If we witnessed this event, the bridegroom coming while the foolish virgins were leaving, we would say that the foolish virgins were running from the bridegroom, when in fact they were running to buy oil for their lamps in a vain effort to prepare for His return. Jesus warned them to be prepared to meet the bridegroom with their lamps burning, but the foolish virgins were found running the other way with their lamps quenched; this told the bridegroom they were not interested in coming with Him. Perhaps they did want to join them, but they showed no interest by their actions.

Mat 25,11-13

(209c) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Counterfeit relationship through religion >> I never knew you – They were willing to ask their brother for oil but were unwilling to ask oil from God, because they were strangers to Him. What were the foolish virgins doing when the wise were stockpiling their resources? They were reveling in the world, and as a result they were unprepared to meet God. We have no choice but to live in the world, but we should not partake of it anymore than necessary. The wise virgins said, ‘Go and buy oil for yourselves,’ meaning this oil has a price. The wise virgins paid the price to obtain it, representing an entire lifetime of service to God that developed into an anointing over a course of many years. It is just like the person who worked his whole life and saved for retirement; this is not something that happens overnight; we don’t just go to the store and come back prepared for the Kingdom of Heaven. The foolish virgins did not have that kind of money, so when they left to make the purchase, they walked away aimlessly into the darkness, confused and afraid. After leading a secular life of carnality, they knew there was nothing that would prepare them to meet the lord. New converts would get into heaven before those who attended church their whole lives without ever making a commitment to Christ.

 

14&15 "For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them. 15 "To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey. 

 

Mat 25,14-30

(4h) Responsibility >> Advocate God’s cause >> Everyone who has shall more be given – Jesus ascended to the Father and entrusted all His possessions to His slaves. His possessions are people whom God had chosen from the world to be His true worshippers, and His slaves are those who go into the world with the gospel and preach Jesus to them, so they may respond to God’s word and be saved. When we think of the level of responsibility that God has given, having left us with all His possessions, knowing how much He values them, it is a daunting task to bring the gospel to this world. We will always question whether we have done enough. Even Paul the great apostle and evangelist never thought what he did was enough, and it spurred him to the next town and to the next country and cross the sea to the next people. We too are driven to convey the gospel to others, so when we meet God, He may tell us, “Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.”

(115f) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God through your ministry >> In your gift

(121f) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Hope >> Expecting good things based on God’s character >> Expectation based on God’s generosity

(128k) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Bearing fruit >> Living a fruitful life >> It is a way of survival

(225c) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Parables about wealth >> Parables about a rich man

Mat 25,14-23

(31j) Gift of God >> Gift of His grace >> Being responsible with it

(101i) Thy kingdom come >> Ambition >> Be an ambitious businessman for God >> Investing spiritual currency

(102c) Thy kingdom come >> Faithfulness (Loyalty) >> Faithfulness is dependable >> God’s servants are dependable – Since God put us in charge of people in this life, why wouldn’t He do the same in heaven? It would be foolish for God to put us in charge of ourselves, like a lot of chiefs and no Indians. No, He intends to put us in charge of a whole new people that He will create in heaven. After He creates a new heavens and a new earth, He will create a new Adam and a new Eve, and this time He will leave out the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, so there won’t be any sin. They will live in a perfect world and have perfect bodies, yet they will still be capable of doing wrong, but they won't know sin, because God gave them no commandment. They will be like babies, who don’t know they're innocent. Babies can exploit their parents if they learn that crying gets them what they want. Still they haven’t sinned, based on the definition that sin is the knowledge of evil. Doing evil is not enough; we must also know that what we are doing is evil before it is technically sin. Even if the little baby makes the connection between crying and getting what it wants, it still hasn’t sinned, because it doesn’t know that what it is doing is evil. In the same way, we will take care of people who cannot comprehend evil, because they have never experienced it, though they are capable of doing wrong. If they violate what we command them, they haven't sinned against God; they have only sinned against us. God will give us the task of teaching His creation right from wrong, for if God attempted this, He would circle right back to our current situation, rebelling directly against God. He will create a people and put us in charge of them, and when they do wrong, we will discipline them and not God. We will be Christ’s representatives, even as we are now. We are a reflection of Him, and so our authority is a reflection of Christ’s authority. Like a mirror reflects an image of the person and not the person himself, so the worst they can do is rebel against God's reflection. For this reason they will be correctable and sin will not have entered into the world, and He will create a universe full of people that we will manage as stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Mat 25,14-21

(249d) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Wealth >> True perception of wealth >> Do not trust the carnal perception of wealth >> Do not try to hold on to your money -- These verses go with verse 34

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Mat 25-14,15

(136d) Temple >> Your spirit is the temple of God >> The body of Christ >> Variation in the body

 

16-23 "Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents. 17 "In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more. 18 "But he who received the one talent went away, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money. 19 "Now after a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20 "The one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, 'Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.' 21 "His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' 22 "Also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, 'Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.' 23 "His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.'

 

Mat 25-16,17

(101g) Ambition (Key verse)

(192d) Die to self >> Result of putting off the old man >> Gain by losing >> Receiving from God by substitution >> Wheeling and dealing in God’s spiritual economy – The one who received five talents traded and gained five more talents. “Trading” is the word they use in the stock market to trade stocks. These talents represent time and ability. We invest our lives into the preaching of the gospel, trading our time and effort for human souls. That is what we were called to do, and the people won to Christ negotiate with us, essentially doing the same, trading their temporal lives for eternal life. These two parties trading with each other means that the people who receive eternal life through the gospel are actually giving the preacher their lives, so when His Master returns, they will become His offering. The slave will hand them to his Master, having traded His life for them, transforming his five talents into ten human souls and the other transforming his two talents into four human souls, so what they received from their Master multiplied. Those who get saved will become slaves themselves, who will receive talents from the Lord and commissioned to reach the lost with the same gospel that reached them, that the Church may exponentially increase. They were faithful with a few people, now Christ will put them in charge of many. “Enter into the joy of your Master.”

Mat 25-18

(21h) Sin >> Premeditated sin >> Having no intensions of doing the will of God -- This verse goes with verses 24-30

(197b) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Spiritual laziness >> Rebelling Against what God wants you to do >> Refusing to take on responsibility -- This verse goes with verses 24-30. The slave that received one talent God thought was able to handle the responsibility, but it turns out he was unfaithful with it, being unwilling to make anything of the talent he was given. His Master's gift and ability he hid in the sand; he didn’t use it to convey Jesus to others. What did he do with his life? He dug a hole and buried it, and his Master ended up burying him. How many Christians do we know who supposedly got saved, but whose lives never changed? This is the description of the vast majority of Christians in the Church today; the gospel simply doesn’t change their lives, because they have buried their gifts and talents. The one who buried his talent did not make it to heaven (v30).

(202e) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Running to your sinful nature >> Laziness has plenty of ambition to run from God -- This verse goes with verses 24-30

Mat 25,20-30

(226h) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of heaven >> Levels of reward >> God rewards us to the degree of our faithfulness

Mat 25,20-23

(100j) Thy kingdom come >> Devotion in your ministry to God >> Fulfill God’s calling in your life

(155kb) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of salvation >> You will know them by their fruits >> You will know them by their good deeds >> Good works prepared before the foundation of the world -- These verses go with verses 34-40

(208bb) Salvation >> Salvation verses >> The kindness of God >> You can be saved without ever hearing about Jesus -- These verses go with verses 31-46. From a glance it would seem that these verses have no connection with this topic, "You can be saved without ever hearing about Jesus," but when we take them in context with verses 31-46, which describes how God is going to judge the world based on the kindness in which people treat His elect, it makes a little more sense. In verses 31-46 Jesus describes the judgment of God on mankind, based solely on our actions without any reference to faith. Essentially, these verses assert that everyone who cares about the needs of the saints will go to heaven, whether they have heard the gospel or not. Instead of persecuting them along with the world, they care for them, suggesting that they are open to the message of the gospel, equivalent to caring about Jesus. This is faith in action.

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Mat 25-20

(234j) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Sold out >> Relinquishing your assets to Christ >> Investing every asset into Christ

 

24-27 "And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, 'Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. 25 'And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.' 26 "But his master answered and said to him, 'You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. 27 'Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest.

 

Mat 25,24-33

(172g) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Tares among the wheat >> Hypocrites among the just >> Lazy among the prudent -- These verses go with verses 41-46

Mat 25,24-30

(21b) Sin >> Disobedient to the call

(21h) Sin >> Premeditated sin >> Having no intensions of doing the will of God -- These verses go with verse 18

(55l) Paradox >> Gain the world to lose your soul >> live this life to Lose eternal life -- These verses go with verses 41-46. The man with the one talent was told to do a simple task, take a stroll downtown with the talent He received and deposit it in the bank, and he did not do it. This small gesture would have staved off the fierce wrath of his Master. Instead of confining him to eternal judgment, He would have heard the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Master.” Instead of taking an hour from a single day to run the Lord’s money to the bank, he decided to go into his garage for a shovel and into his backyard to dig a hole and bury what God had given him. This actually took more time and effort than running the money to the bank. He figured he was doing something commendable protecting his talent from robbers, but he didn’t listen to his Master; He didn’t say to protect his talent but to invest it. In the volatile world of investing we know that our money is anything but safe. Jesus would rather we lost everything to poor investments than to bury what He entrusted to us with no expectation for return. He would rather we lose the principle while doing what we were told, than to find us walking in downright rebellion. Had the servant with the one talent placed it in the bank, he would have gotten less than one percent interest, which is almost the same as burying it, revealing the fact that Jesus was not so much concerned about making a profit as faithfulness.

(157e) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Being displeasing to God >> Walking in disobedience

(173f) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Catholicism >> Unholy sacrifice (Penance) >> Offering sacrifice without God’s approval >> Sacrifice against the word of God -- This slave who was given the one talent buried it as a type of sacrifice against the will of God, just like some religions people make abominable sacrifices as part of their ceremonial rituals, an aversion to the true sacrifices they should be making. He probably spent as much time and effort burying his talent as investing it. People don't invent in religions to make serving God easier, but to avoid serving Him altogether, meanwhile trying to appease their conscience.

(174i) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Form of a servant but denying God your loyalty -- These verses go with verses 41-46

(179j) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves >> Unworthy servant >> Unworthy of eternal life

(186a) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> Blasphemy >> Unwilling to obey the revelation from heaven >> Unwilling to walk in God’s ability -- These verses go with verses 1-13

(197b) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Spiritual laziness >> Rebelling Against what God wants you to do >> Refusing to take on responsibility -- These verses go with verse 18. The man who buried his talent was like King Saul in the Old Testament, who wanted to serve the Lord his way and not the way he was commanded by God (1 Samuel chapter 15). Saul was commanded to utterly destroy his enemies, men, women, children and even the animals. The Amalekites were an evil people, provoking the Lord to anger. Even their animals needed extermination, probably because they were disease ridden for reasons too depraved to mention. Instead of doing the command of the Lord, Saul decided that he would spare the sheep, using them for sacrifice to the Lord. The Law of Moses commanded Israel to take the best sheep for the Lord’s offering, spotless and without blemish. For Saul to present contraband as his offering to the Lord was just as insulting as the man who refused to take an hour of his day to run an errand to the bank. Apparently in the mind of the wicked, lazy slave, protecting his talent was more important than obedience. God saw this as a sin grievous enough to cost his soul. What does 1Samuel 15-23 say? “Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.”

(197i) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Man withers when he is in control >> Unfaithful to God -- These verses go with verses 41-46

(200f) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Excuses for rejecting Christ >> Selfish ambition >> Having more important things to do

(202e) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Running to your sinful nature >> Laziness has plenty of ambition to run from God -- These verses go with verse 10. The talent represents our lives, what we do with the resources, our time and energy. Instead of investing it, the man buried it, and God was not pleased. The problem with the man who buried his talent was that He didn’t know his Master, what He loved and hated, what he valued and despised. Instead, he treated the Lord according to his own views. There are many people in the world who do the same. Instead of studying Scripture that tells them plainly about God, they choose to live by their own set of rules. It didn’t work for the man who buried his talent and it won’t work for worldly people today. We think God would have been more lenient on him because he had only one talent, indicating that His expectations were low, but God’s expectations were just as high on him as the one He gave five talents. What God has given us, whether much or little, does not change His expectation of us; we might not think we received much in life, but we are no less obligated to be spiritually productive in whatever capacity God has given us.

(206k) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Eternal security? >> Perish in your sin >> Perish in your omission of righteousness -- These verses go with verses 1-13

(223h) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Miss God >> Missing the mark >> Miss the will of God for your life

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Mat 25-24

(209b) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Counterfeit relationship through religion >> Knowing about God, but not knowing God -- The Master called him his slave and the slave called him his Master, but there was no Master/slave relationship between them. The slave did what he wanted with his life and with his Master's possessions; he was no one's slave but that of his own sinful passions and desires. The slave returned his master's money thinking it would placate him, but it didn't. A Talent of silver was worth 6000 days wages. These talents in this parable represent the measure of faith that God has given us at the onset of our salvation, and He absolutely expects us to spiritually grow throughout our lives. If we don't, it indicates we are pursuing the temporal things of this life that have nothing in common with the eternal value of serving Christ. 

 

28-33 'Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.' 29 "For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. 30 "Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 31 "But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32 "All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; 33 and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.

 

Mat 25,28-30

(49d) Judgment >> Those who are unfruitful in His kingdom are destroyed -- These verses go with verses 41-46

Mat 25-28,29

(222j) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Do not give what is holy to dogs >> Give to him who has >> Take from him who does not have -- This is one of the few biblical Principles that works the same in the world as it does in the Kingdom of God. Verse 29 says, "Everyone who has shall more be given." We all understand that it takes money to make money and that the more money we have the more we can make. God could have given the lazy slave's talent to the poor, but He gave it to the rich. The talents in this parable represent our faith. Jesus taught us to freely give our earthly sustenance to the poor, but to surrender our faith to no one. Remember the lesson of the ten virgins, the parable adjacent to this one; the wise did not give up their oil to the foolish, which may be Jesus' main point of these parables; it is what they have in common.

Mat 25,31-46

(38k) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Resurrection of the righteous and the wicked

(202k) Denying Christ >> Running from God >> Wicked men cannot approach the throne of God >> Goats are unsaved church attendants

(208bb) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Salvation verses >> The kindness of God >> You can be saved without ever hearing about Jesus -- These verses go with verses 20-23. See verses 20-23 for commentary. 

Mat 25,31-40

(32k) Gift of God >> Father will honor your devotion to Him >> Honor a fruitful life – The poor of this world are more likely to get saved than the wealthy, which is a principle of Scripture. James said it best, “Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?” Jesus was saying that we reach the world with the gospel of Christ by feeding and clothing the poor. They won’t all get saved, but many of them will. The poor are lost in this world; nobody gives them a break; they don’t know how to live and they don’t know what to do. Meanwhile others do not feel at all lost, though spiritually they are just as lost as the poor. Those who don’t have the circumstance of poverty to help them see their deep failing with God find it far more difficult to get saved.

(219e) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> The elect >> God transforms the world into the Church >> God selects us from the world

(236k) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the treasures of the kingdom >> Invest in the fruit of the kingdom

Mat 25,31-33

(40b) Judgment >> Jesus judges the world’s disobedience -- These verses go with verses 41-46. This verse makes it sound like Jesus was talking about the Millennium. When it says, “When the son of man comes in his glory,” He is loosely alluding to the Great White Throne Judgment, iterated in Rev 20,7-11, “When the thousand years are completed… then I saw a great white throne.” This judgment therefore happens after the Millennium and before the new heavens and the new earth. So when Jesus says in Mat 25-31,32, “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne, the statement, "All the nations will be gathered before Him,” is talking about two events separated by a thousand years: the event of initially acquiring His throne at the beginning of the Millennium, and final judgment that happens sometime after the Millennium. The White Throne Judgment will not happen the way Jesus depicted it in Matthew chapter 25, for Jesus mentioned both the righteous and the wicked, whereas the White Throne Judgment pertains only to the wicked. Therefore, this passage in Matthew is an overview of the events that will occur, but not as a timeline.

(66l) Authority >> Lordship of Christ >> The authority of Jesus’ second coming -- Jesus came the first time as an infant in swaddling clothes and grew up as the lamb of God and did not resist His murderers (except through God's love and wisdom, which would have protected Him indefinitely had it been God's plan). His second coming will be quite different; He is poised to return at any time to judge the world for rejecting His sacrifice for sin and for rejecting the attributes of God's character. In these verses, when Jesus testifies that He will separate the sheep from the goats, He is referring to the White Throne Judgment depicted in Rev 20,11-15. This judgment occurs only after the millennium. Jesus is coming to set up His throne and His Father's kingdom here on earth, from which He will reign for a thousand years. During this time He will prove to mankind that throughout the centuries of man's history of war and greed, it was always possible to live in peace with God and to be happier living for Him than living for themselves. 

(212j) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> God is all knowing >> God knows everything about you

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34-40 "Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 'For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.' 37 "Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38 'And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 'When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' 40 "The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'

 

Mat 25,34-40

(9j) Responsibility >> Strengthen one another >> Bear one another’s burdens – There were those who visit their fellow saints in prison, not like prison ministries today where people dedicate themselves to criminals and sinners, most who come to hear the preacher just to get out of his cell for an hour or so. There are some who get saved and follow Christ after they are released, so jail ministries have their place, but we shouldn’t confuse them with what the Bible teaches about visiting godly people who were persecuted for their faith and thrown in prison. It is good to have a jail ministry that helps sinners find their way to Jesus, but it is better to visit our fellow saints in jail who are persecuted.

(86i) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Be doers of the word >> Clothe yourself with the word of God >> Live the truth

(87l) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Minister to people through obedience

(127b) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Be kind like God >> Kindness is meeting the needs of the saints – We could loosely translate this statement, “the least of these” (v45) to unbelievers, but we know that the least on earth are the greatest in heaven. Jesus was not talking about people who are least in their service to God, but those who are least in their estimation of themselves. We must also remember the Good Samaritan who helped the man on the street after he had been mugged and robbed; there was no indication that he was a Christian, and so Mat 25-40 also applies to non-Christians, even the least of them. However, the interpretation should be to Christians first, then to those who are in the world. Our allegiance should be to our fellow brothers and sisters in the faith, long before we show allegiance to those in the world. Any service we render to those in the world should be considered an evangelistic outreach, but rendering service to our fellow brothers in the faith is for the purpose of unity. The primary manner of promoting unity in the body of Christ is giving people a sense of security. People need to feel safe among the brethren. The safer people feel, the more trust can grow unity.

(129c) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Bearing the fruit of evangelism >> Feed the people with the fruit of your walk – Jesus was teaching us how to evangelize the world. Missionaries are angels from God, but nowadays with so many constraints on missionaries to the point of their own mission board working against them, they must go incognito, but the Kingdom of God was not designed that way, but to grow in full view of everybody, and that unfortunately comes at the cost of persecution and human souls martyred for their faith. Christianity flourishes by martyrs who fertilize the soil to produce a healthy church they helped build through their own blood. 

(130f) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Committed to caring for the needs of the body >> Committed to supporting one another When Jesus said, “even the least of them,” He meant, ‘especially the least of them.’ Jesus’ criterion was based on the least of His brothers, not on the greatest of them. The word brother is best understood to mean fellow Christian, but many people misinterpret this and loosely apply the term to mean just anybody. This is a very costly mistake. First, how is the Church supposed to fix poverty in the world when 6 of 7 people are poor and only 1 of 7 is Christian, and those estimates are generous? We are to help our fellow Christians first and foremost, and then help curb poverty in the world. Horrific doctrines are often created from minor misinterpretations of Scripture, just like the astronomer who cannot find a certain star because his telescope is pointed a fraction of a millimeter off course. For example, people interpret the word brother in verse 40 to mean Neighbor. The difference seems innocent, but Neighbor holds the connotation of meaning anyone in the world whether lost or saved. Jesus meant the word "brother" to mean Christian. The difference between these two words is astronomical when taken within the context of the rest of Scripture. Jesus was reinforcing the words He spoke in Jn 13-34,35 about loving one another as proof that we are the children of God. See also: Mat 10,40-42

(155kb) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of salvation >> You will know them by their fruits >> You will know them by their good deeds >> Good works prepared before the foundation of the world -- These verses go with verses 20-23. Jesus provided a list of things the righteous did: feeding the hungry, welcoming strangers, clothing the naked, helping the sick. These things the righteous did, not to earn their way to heaven but to prove themselves as the true children of God. Jesus was able to discern His brothers and sisters based on the way they lived. He called Himself the son of man instead of the Son of God. The Son of God has all power and authority, whereas the son of man is the servant of all, and the two are the same person, suggesting that the more we serve, the more authority we can expect from God, because God can trust us with it.

(224i) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> Traits of the people who make it to heaven

(250l) Priorities >> God’s prerequisites >> Lists >> Terms of graduating to the next level >> List of prerequisites

Mat 25-34

(36h) Gift of God >> Inheritance >> We are heirs according to the will of God

(249d) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Wealth >> True perception of wealth >> Do not trust the carnal perception of wealth >> Do not try to hold on to your money -- This verse goes with verses 14-21

Mat 25-40

(29i) Gift of God >> God is on our side >> God identifies with us >> Jesus is our brother – When the Bible speaks of our brother, the early Church included their neighbor in the definition, referring to strangers as well as their brother in the faith, but when we look at Scripture, what we see is the priority reversed. Our brother foremostly refers to our brother in the faith and then to strangers on the street. The order is important, because how we interpret this word “brother” is how we will use our resources. Our brother in the faith whom we know and trust when he has a need will use our resources for good; but strangers off the street we know almost nothing about them. We can only assume they have dire needs because of their depraved lifestyle and have no real interest in the gospel. Too often we give our resources to those who have never made a commitment to the faith, who will use what we give them for tobacco, drugs and alcohol, especially if we give them money. Most pan handlers are con men. If we give them material goods, they know how to sell them and use the money to buy their vice of choice. Needy people come to us with grandiose stories, inciting us to surrender our resources to them. Meanwhile, there are people who have genuine needs, and some of them are brothers in the faith and we are neglecting them in favor of con men. We need to make a commitment to the brethren before we give another nickel to the godless heathen who are exploiting us. Jesus sees no difference between Himself and His brethren, saying that if it were Him on the street, they would have treated Him the same way they treated these.

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41-46 "Then He will also say to those on His left, 'Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; 43 I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.' 44 "Then they themselves also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?' 45 "Then He will answer them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.' 46 "These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

 

Mat 25,41-46

(1a) Avoid Offending God (Key verse) – This passage is a major pillar of the Responsibility chapter, illustrating that the most common way to offend God is to offend people. He takes it personally when we hurt someone. We know how we want to be treated, which dictates how we ought to treat others. When He had Peter fish up the money to pay taxes that He technically did not owe to a band of licensed crooks (Mat 17,24-27), Jesus avoided offending the tax gatherers, even though they were wrong in gathering illegal taxes, because He didn't want to turn them off to the gospel and inadvertently shut them out of the kingdom for the sake of protecting His petty rights. The preaching of the gospel is offensive enough to outrage people without trying to offend them.

(40b) Judgment >> Jesus is the judge >> Jesus judges the world’s disobedience -- These verses go with verses 31-33

(48b) Judgment >> Eternal judgment >> God's eternal judgment on the world

(49d) Judgment >> Those who are unfruitful in His kingdom are destroyed -- These verses go with verses 1-13

(55l) Paradox >> Gain the world to lose your soul >> live this life to Lose eternal life -- These verses go with verses 24-30. This story is an extension of the parable of the talents that Jesus gave His servants and told to invest them, and now we see an application of their investment; we see that we are supposed to invest in helping people who are suffering and need our help. According to these verses, we are to invest ourselves in a life of compassion for others, and those who have no compassion will be thrown into the lake of fire, which burns forever and ever. If we don’t have compassion for others, then God will have no compassion for us. He will treat us in the same way that we treated our fellow man, so if we have compassion on them, He will have compassion on us. If we view our lives as something that God has given us to spend on ourselves only, and care nothing for anybody else, if we pass those who are suffering without thinking twice about them, this is the kind of life that ends up being thrown into the lake of fire. Being without compassion is one way to describe a psychopath, someone without remorse, without a conscience. Anybody who even remotely bears the characteristics of a psychopath will be thrown into the lake of fire.

(157d) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Being displeasing to God >> Leading a fruitless lifestyle – God’s standard of acceptable service is very low, according to the man with the one talent who refused to walk downtown and deposit his talent in the bank that it might accrue a little interest (v24-30). There are many people in the world just like him, who would rather spend their time and labor burying their talent than using it to help people. The Bible teaches that they have no future in heaven, regardless of what they believe. They might believe in Jesus, but if they have no compassion, they will never see the Kingdom of Heaven. He calls them righteous who have compassion (v46); therefore, compassion is tantamount to righteousness. Isn’t that what Paul said about faith? "Abraham believed God and it was reckoned to him as righteousness!" Consequently, faith and compassion are essentially the same. There is only one righteousness and there is only one way to achieve it, and that is by faith alone. This means faith must work in order to be real. If our faith never translates to compassion, Jesus says we don’t have faith at all. A workless faith is a worthless faith.

(172g) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Tares among the wheat >> Hypocrites among the just >> Lazy among the prudent -- These verses go with verses 1-13

(174i) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Form of a servant but denying God your loyalty -- These verses go with verses 24-30

(184j) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Abusing the grace of God >> Dragging God’s Grace Through The Mud >> Unwilling to honor God’s grace

(197i) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Man withers when he is in control >> Unfaithful to God -- These verses go with verses 1-13. We can view this phrase, “To the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me” (v45), as a sliding continuum to say that the further we drift from the least of these, the less this verse applies. Consequently, when we get to the other end of the spectrum and see a guy who is just the opposite of “the least of these” in his self-estimation, one who considers himself the greatest, we should feel the least obligation to help him. With pride and arrogance come abuse, mistreatment, and an opportunistic mindset. Jesus is saying that we are more obligated to help those who are humble in spirit than we are to help those proud of heart for a couple reasons: first, the humble are likely brothers in the faith; and second, they are more likely to respond to the gospel. If we spend our resources on an egomaniac, he probably won’t even show a sense of gratitude; what good have we done after we have spent our nickel on the proud and the humble are still in need, who may have gotten saved if we helped him. Therefore, when helping someone, we should look for humility, which is a sign he is Christian or willing to convert.

(203a) Denying Christ >> Running from God >> Wicked men cannot approach the throne of God >> God chases them away from His presence

(223i) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Miss God >> Missing the mark >> Miss heaven

(224k) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> The people of heaven >> Traits of people who don’t make it to heaven

Mat 25-41

(47a) Judgment >> God Judges the world >> Hell is a place of sorrow >> It is a great fire prepared for the devil and his angels >> The lake of fire -- This verse goes with verse 46

Mat 25-46

(47a) Judgment >> God Judges the world >> Hell is a place of sorrow >> It is a great fire prepared for the devil and his angels >> The lake of fire -- This verse goes with verse 41

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