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Parables of Christ - Sensible Steward - Luke 12:42-44
Lesson # Parables of Christ - Sensible Steward - Luke 12:42-44
Study Material - Parables of Christ - Sensible Steward - Luke 12:42-44
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Sensible Steward Luke 12:42-44 42 And [de] the Lord [kurios] said [epo] , Who [tis] then [ara] is [esti] that faithful [pistos] and [kai] wise [phronimos] steward [oikonomos] , whom [hos] his lord [kurios] shall make ruler [kathistemi] over [epi] his [autos] household [therapeia] , to give [didomi] them their portion of meat [sitometron] in [en] due season [kairos] ? 43 Blessed [makarios] is that [ekeinos] servant [doulos] , whom [hos] his [autos] lord [kurios] when he cometh [erchomai] shall find [heurisko] so [houto] doing [poieo] . 44 Of a truth [alethos] I say [lego] unto you [humin] , that [hoti] he will make him [autos] ruler [kathistemi] over [epi] all [pas] that he [autos] hath [huparchonta] . KJV-Interlinear 42 And the Lord said, 'Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time? 43 'Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. 44 'Truly I say to you, that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. NASB
When we studied John we learned that all believers will become friends of Christ, John 15:14
14 'You are My friends , if you do what I command you.' NASB
Here we have a further expansion of the blessing which Christ had promised in the last parable. Peter asks to whom this blessing will be given. Peter has been thinking all along of himself, as did most of the apostles throughout the ministry of Christ. They were even arguing, during the last supper, over who among them would be the greatest among themselves. Just to refreshen your memory of our recent study of the sequence of events prior to the crucifixion of Christ and the events that occurred afterwards.
Here Jesus identifies clearly that there will be levels of blessing in heaven. We know that everyone who believes in Christ will go to heaven and live there forever. We know that everyone will receive a resurrection body someone day. But not everyone in this life is a spiritually honorable person. There are a lot of jerks out there, and they are believers in Christ. There are also a lot of self righteous folks who are believers. There are also a lot of people who could care less about the Bible, even though they believed in Christ, perhaps at a young age, earlier in their life.
Jesus pays no heed to Peters question. But He answers it fully and even gives more detail regarding various folks and their responsibilities and their being responsible or not, in life. As well as the additional rewards and blessings that those who are faithful to Him, will receive. Not everyone will receive these additional blessings.
Jesus returns with a question. 'Who then will the Lord make a ruler over that which He owns?'
Peter wants to know who will receive the special privilege (Gods service to man). Jesus offers a rephrasing of Peters question, clarifying to whom will this greater responsibility be given?
You do not simply believe in Christ and then receive rulership over all that God owns. Only to those who are faithful, will this promotion and honor be given. Who are the 'faithful?' Only those believers who advance to spiritual maturity.
This parable begins with a clarification that in heaven, all are not equal. This is quite clear. Everyone who goes to heaven will have a certain basic set of blessings. We know this already. But there will be certain believers who will receive additional blessings, rewards, privileges, honors.
We also know that we live in the Age of the Royal Family. This separates us from Old Testament believers. See the list of blessings which can be found on the Index page on the web site. So as we advance through these parables one by one, we will see further indications of a separation or distinction between immature believers and mature believers.
As we will all receive a certain degree of glory upon entering heaven, in eternity there will be varying degrees of this glory (levels of blessings).
We are the slaves, servants of God. God is the master. God has certain expectations of His servants (you and me). If we comply, especially while He is away, then we will be rewarded. If we do not comply with His expectations, then we will not receive additional blessings or promotions or whatever it is that God additionally wants to give.
As a person begins to grow up, he learns the principle of responsibility. That is, a person takes upon himself the discipline of doing that which is needed to be done. We go to school and study without being told. We go to work and do our job without being closely supervised. We clean up our room without being told to do so. We are responsible. We recognize what needs to be done and we take the initiative to see that it gets done. We do not complain. We do not compare what we do with that which others do. We do not grumble that we are doing more than our share. We simply do what is needed.
If we have others that we oversee, then we guide them in a manner such that we can trust them to do their jobs without our being present all of the time. We manage.
And so it is with our Bible study. God has expectations of us. We put together a very simplified check list sometime ago (see the web site index page). Mature believers do not pick and choose what they want to do and do not want to do. Mature believers do not pick and choose that which they will believe, and that which they will not believe. Mature believers, if they do not understand something, will dig out the information or will remain patient until the subject becomes clear.
Those who play games with God will never advance to maturity. Those who compromise their lives, will never advance to maturity. Those who remain indifferent will never advance to maturity. And these believers will miss out on the most phenomenal blessings which God has yet to give anyone in history.
All of Gods possessions means the most vast and greatest wealth beyond imagination. God owns the universe and more. God can create the universe and even parallel universes I suppose. Gods power and ability are unlimited. There is far more than enough positions to go around, but both you and I know that those who will receive these honors will be on a very short list of people. All you have to do in order to get on that list, is grow up spiritually. And to do that, all you have to do is get with your Bible study.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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