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Ten Talents - Matt. 25:24-27
Lesson # Ten Talents - Matt. 25:24-27
Study Material - Ten Talents - Matt. 25:24-27
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.
Ten Talents Matt. 25:24-27 24 Then [de] [kai] he which had received [lambano] the one [heis] talent [talanton] came [proserchomai] and said [epo] , Lord [kurios] , I knew [ginosko] thee [se] that [hoti] thou art [ei] an hard [skleros] man [anthropos] , reaping [therizo] where [hopou] thou hast [speiro] not [ou] sown [speiro] , and [kai] gathering [sunago] where [hothen] thou hast [diaskorpizo] not [ou] strawed [diaskorpizo] : 25 And [kai] I was afraid [phobeo] , and went [aperchomai] and hid [krupto] thy [sou] talent [talanton] in [en] the earth [ge] : lo [ide] , there thou hast [echo] that is thine [sos] . 26 [de] His [autos] lord [kurios] answered [apokrinomai] and said [epo] unto him [autos] , Thou wicked [poneros] and [kai] slothful [okneros] servant [doulos] , thou knewest [eido] that [hoti] I reap [therizo] where [hopou] I sowed [speiro] not [ou] , and [kai] gather [sunago] where [hothen] I have [diaskorpizo] not [ou] strawed [diaskorpizo] : 27 Thou [se] oughtest [dei] therefore [oun] to have put [ballo] my [mou] money [argurion] to the exchangers [trapezites] , and [kai] then at my coming [erchomai] I [ego] should [an] have received [komizo] mine own [emos] with [sun] usury [tokos] . KJV-Interlinear 24 '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. NASB
The unfaithful slave shows his hypocrisy, his lies, his deceit, with his own mouth. No person can think beyond the content of their own soul. I know that this sounds obvious, but I'll repeat this because it is a very important principle in life. No person can think beyond the content of their soul.
Our souls have in them only what we allow to enter. If we are positive toward God and live inside the sphere of fellowship, then we have Gods bright light of spiritual information which illuminates everything in life for us. We are able to discern and decide properly in life.
If, however, we live outside of that spiritual sphere of fellowship, then we live under the power of the sin nature, and our soul functions in a manner consistent with the sin nature. Evil is the policy of the sin nature. Wickedness is its production. The sin nature has an area of strength - human good, and an area of weakness - sin. Even sin can be broken down into two spheres. On the one hand there are the lascivious aspects of sin and on the other hand there are the ascetic aspects of sin. Combined, all three of these aspects of the sin nature portray the individual out of fellowship. This includes any negative believer and of course all unbelievers. Unbelievers are out of fellowship by definition and do not have any means of getting into fellowship. Not until they believe in Christ, that is.
The content or foundation of the soul of a person led by their sin nature, is evil. Therefore, all they can produce is the many forms of evil - ie. human good and sin. The basic premise of evil is denial of truth. Here is the principle of that truth.
The evil slave was a liar, a cheat, a lazy individual, a conniver, and many other things. He could have placed the money, which the master had given him, into the bank and received the minimum of interest with virtually no work required on his part. He did not even do this. In the spiritual life, it is very easy to advance even just a little with virtually no effort whatsoever on the part of the individual. Just living a good life means that you follow some sort of moral code. But negative people will not even do this.
He tried to come up with an excuse for his laziness, for his not complying with that which he had been given. He portrayed the Master as a 'hard' man, even implying that the Master took things that were not His - 'reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed.'
This also indicates a fundamental knowledge of the Masters abilities. God can do anything. So the slave is not totally void of knowledge. Everyone in life has some knowledge of God, and of the repercussions to themselves when they cross God. No one has any excuse for the decisions they make in life, and for their failing in life by disregarding God and doctrine in their own life.
Evil people make up accusations when they lack facts. Listen to any gossiping group and the mob that follows them. They obtain a little tidbit and suddenly it explodes into a huge novel. Their followers believe the distortions as their gospel. Odd enough they do not take the 'true gospel,' that of Jesus Christ very seriously.
This slave did not take the Master seriously. He was not interested in the Masters money, nor in his investing it for the Master. He was negative and thus his spiritual production ran consistent with his negative attitude - zero.
By doing virtually nothing a person can earn some interest in a bank. Likewise, just by breathing here on earth, a person can learn something in the spiritual life, but the negative person does less than nothing. They (negative types) reject God, reject His doctrine, reject their own spiritual growth and return to God with nothing to show for their lack of effort. They lack information, that is - they lack knowledge in doctrine, that is - they lack spiritual knowledge. They might have academic knowledge, but then so does Satan, and that (academic knowledge of the Bible) does no good in the spiritual life. Only spiritual information assimilated in the proper way as God has directed (through fellowship), can nourish and therefore become beneficial to ones soul. See the charts on the soul on the web site index page.
The negative person has no fear (respect in awe) of God though they might pretend it. What they do have is fear (in contempt) in their rejection of something that is greater than they, and they wished they were as great, or as great as they see themselves in their own minds.
They see God and anyone who is legitimately spiritual, as distant, uncaring, unjust, undependable and so forth, but they can only see through the content of their own soul. They ascribe to others, the very things (flaws and failures) that they themselves are guilty of. They do not judge themselves - self evaluation as commanded by God in order to maintain a fellowship status, but they will judge others, pointing out anything and everything that their little imaginations can conjure up. Their thoughts are evil. Their motives are evil. Their whole lives are evil. But when they look into the mirror they see only good. The delusion of the sin nature.
Only when the darkness is stripped away from their eyes, will they finally see (and accept) the truth of their failure. This unfortunately won't occur until it is too late - when they stand before Christ.
Negative believers have one advantage. They are believers and so they will enter into heaven and see the truth. Unbelievers will see the truth but they will continue to reject it, defiantly, even as they are thrown into the Lake of Fire.
Anyone who does not visit the mirror of the Word of God (regularly), and see themselves in the proper perspective, stands the danger of being absorbed in the delusion of the sin nature and of losing out in life and losing in the next life too.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
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