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Two Sons - Matt. 21:28-31

Lesson # Two Sons - Matt. 21:28-31
Study Material - Two Sons - Matt. 21:28-31

You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.

Two Sons
Matt. 21:28-31

28 But [de] what [tis] think [dokeo] ye [humin] ? A certain man [anthropos] had [echo] two [duo] sons [teknon] ; and [kai] he came [proserchomai] to the first [protos] , and said [epo] , Son [teknon] , go [hupago] work [ergazomai] to day [semeron] in [en] my [mou] vineyard [ampelon] .
29 He answered [de] [apokrinomai] and said [epo] , I will [thelo] not [ou] : but [de] afterward [husteron] he repented [metamellomai] , and went [aperchomai] .
30 And [kai] he came [proserchomai] to the second [deuteros] , and said [epo] likewise [hosautos] . And [de] he answered [apokrinomai] and said [epo] , I [ego] go, sir [kurios] : and [kai] went [aperchomai] not [ou] .
31 Whether [tis] of [ek] them twain [duo] did [poieo] the will [thelema] of his father [pater] ? They say [lego] unto him [autos] , The first [protos] . Jesus [Iesous] saith [lego] unto them [autos] , Verily [amen] I say [lego] unto you [humin] , That [hoti] the publicans [telones] and [kai] the harlots [porne] go [proago] into [eis] the kingdom [basileia] of God [theos] before [proago] you [humas] . KJV-Interlinear

28 'But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, 'Son, go work today in the vineyard.' 29 'And he answered and said, 'I will, sir'; and he did not go. 30 'And he came to the second and said the same thing. But he answered and said, 'I will not'; yet he afterward regretted it and went. 31 'Which of the two did the will of his father?' They said, 'The latter.' Jesus said to them, 'Truly I say to you that the tax-gatherers and harlots will get into the kingdom of God before you. NASB

Now Jesus gives a short parable to demonstrate opposing views toward the gospel. This can also be applied to attitudes toward Bible study. But first the attitude toward salvation (the gospel).

What is the gospel? It is information related to how one can be saved. It deals with mans being lost in sin and death, and Gods plan for delivering mankind from that certain eternal destruction. We are born into this world, but we are not going to remain here forever. We all die sooner or later. What then?

Well, God owns the universe and in order to reside with God we must first accept Him. If we refuse, then we choose to not be with God in eternity. Not being with God means that we chose to have another home which God does not support. Since God holds all things together and without God we would have nothing, then choosing against God means that we would be in an environment which has no controlling force.

The Bible describes this lack of control as the Lake of Fire. We have had several descriptions of the Lake of Fire in other studies, but briefly is would be likened to being sealed in a casket, with intense fire, with no light, sharing our space with worms and maggots and such, total darkness, total aloneness, total torment, total pain, and no sound except our own screams and tears ..... forever.

In contrast there is heaven where everything is pleasant and wonderful.

Here in the parable the Father instructs his two sons to go to the vineyard (heaven). The first lies and uses deceit when responding to the Father (God). He implies that he will go into the vineyard but does not. These are the Pharisees or anyone who does not do Gods will. They seek their own path in life. They are interested in the vineyard, but prefer one of their own design. Have you ever known someone who sort of thinks of them self as being above society, or above everyone else? They always have their opinion, but never any action. They armchair (hindsight) quarterback there way through life without much wisdom, though presuming much wisdom within themselves. Always ideas but never any accomplishments. Always critics of others, but never initiate anything unique on their own.

This is the unbeliever or the believer who is negative toward Bible study. They look at God and the Bible and say 'yes sir' (for the benefit of the public around about), never intending to comply, and resume going their own way through life. They are liars and deceivers to their own demise.

The second son represents all other peoples who live their life in sin, regret it, and believe in Christ. They accept and recognize reality as it really is. In order to believe in Christ one generally comes to the point that life without God is no life at all. One generally realizes that man (that is you and me) is a useless creature and sinful, therefore needing something greater than ourselves.

We hear the gospel (Christ who is God became a man and went to the Cross to save us) and maybe reject it, but we hear it again (Christ who is God became a man and went to the Cross to save us) and then we believe in Christ. We believe in Gods plan. That there is but one God. That God had a plan. That God designed in His plan that man should believe in the only savior (Jesus Christ - the Son of God), and thereby have only one access to God which is by means of His son.

This eliminates all other approaches to God by other man designed philosophies, religions, etc. Mans efforts are rejected in Gods plan. Only Gods efforts are perfect and deserving of recognition.

Those who think themselves as witty and wise (in their own minds) are the self righteous who reject Gods instructions (simple as those instructions are) and perceive themselves as having better ideas concerning life and eternity. They are the spiritual fools.

Those who comply with Gods instructions, though they rebel initially (recognition that all are sinners) are the ones who will be saved. They are the spiritually wise.

Now going one step further. To work (spiritual life) in the vineyard, one has to first enter the vineyard (faith in Christ). Salvation always precedes the spiritual life. All unbelievers have a zero spiritual life. They are incapable of having a spiritual life - they never entered into the sphere (vineyard) in which to function within that sphere. Only those who enter into the vineyard (enter into salvation through faith in Christ) receive an 'opportunity' to 'work' (the spiritual life) within that sphere.

Opportunity? Yes. This means that you do not have an automatically successful spiritual life. This requires some responsibility on your part - positive decisions daily, to study Gods Word, to learn, to understand, to apply what you learn to your life, to grow up spiritually. This is the 'working' function within the vineyard. Again mans works (apart from God) are rejected, but mans function in the sphere of growing up spiritually is all from Gods work by communicating doctrine and streaming it through your human spirit and into your soul. Your learning and growing process are via Gods grace provision of the mechanism for growing up spiritually. Man earns no merit in this process.

Those who comply with Gods instructions, advance in their spiritual life. Those who lean on their shovels and do not comply with Gods instructions, will find their spiritual life lacking.

There is many a person who reads their Bible study and you can just see all the letters and numbers streaming from the written page, through their eyes and out of their head and splattering onto the floor. They go through the motions but retain virtually little if any spiritual benefit from their study. They cling to their stubborn attitude of 'yes sir' but really never complying with that which is expected of them in their Bible study.

For your Bible study to be beneficial, and real in your life, you have to want it, you have to ponder the meaning of each daily lesson as it deals with your specific self. And of course you have to be in fellowship. A lazy student never scores well in life. Only those who keep on trying (falling down and getting up, falling down and getting up) and sticking to their studies (day after day after day), and who really 'want' to succeed, will end up winners in the spiritual life.

Quitters? Those who don't try or those who are always looking for a shortcut. Well, you know where quitters end up.

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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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