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Parables of Christ - Sensible Steward - Luke 12:41
Lesson # Parables of Christ - Sensible Steward - Luke 12:41
Study Material - Parables of Christ - Sensible Steward - Luke 12:41
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Sensible Steward Luke 12:41 41 Then [de] Peter [Petros] said [epo] unto him [autos] , Lord [kurios] , speakest thou [lego] this [taute] parable [parabole] unto [pros] us [hemas] , or [e] even [kai] to [pros] all [pas] ? KJV-Interlinear 41 And Peter said, 'Lord, are You addressing this parable to us, or to everyone else as well?' NASB
On another occasion Jesus answers this question which Peter now puts to Him.
37 'And what I say to you I say to all, 'Be on the alert!' NASB
The scriptures apply to all people. The scriptures are for all people. They are intended to benefit everyone. God does not play the franchise game wherein some (the first ones there) will have, and the many will have-not. People play that game with members of social groups. They try to set themselves apart from others by forming some sort of unique organization which they can run as they see fit.
This principle of selfishness applies to immigrants to countries. The people already there, don't want others to come into their country. The arguments are many. They will take our jobs. They will lower our social standards. They will bring crime and other unwanted habits to our society. None of these arguments hold up.
Aren't we lucky that God and the Old Testament believers did not cut us off from heaven because we came along a little later in history than they.
So now Peter recognizes the significance of this parable with respect to its benefits to himself. Is this for me (the disciples) or for everyone (including people who are not in leadership positions). Are there two classes of people, those who are intended to get the blessing, and those who won't get it?
Jesus is going to answer this question with yet another parable. Here Jesus is not so direct, because the answer applies to all, but some people, who happen to be in leadership positions, and those who happen to be in a position to decide, will have more expected of them, than those who do not have leadership positions. Note too, that all people eventually decide on their leaders (by voting or even by indifference) and thus the general public, or the general membership as it were, is liable for the ultimate decisions of the whole. Why? Because they subscribe to the decisions of the whole.
The reward just mentioned by Jesus is grand to say the least. It is phenomenal and rates as being beyond imagination as to the possibilities. Remember that eternity is a very long time.
Does God offer this privilege to everyone? Yes. Will God give this blessing privilege to everyone. No.
There are specific criteria which the believer must follow in order to qualify for the privilege. Note that it is offered to believers only. Unbelievers by definition are not in the offering. They reject God and therefore they will not be served by God.
Too often folks think that all they need do is believe in Christ and that is the end of their spiritual obligation. They will go to heaven and that is all they need. Thus they drift away from Gods word and just do not believe that any of it applies to them. And that is a very big mistake. A fools mistake.
A believer in Christ will function in life based on whatever resides in their soul. If they do not learn Bible Doctrine, then they no nothing more than any unbeliever - worldly viewpoint. Thus they imitate unbelievers. Unbelievers do not receive any blessings, and thus negative believers will not receive any blessings. They will function within the jungle rules of life and what comes along, comes along. The end result will be misery with nothing to look forward to, except the arrest warrant at the end of ones life.
For unbelievers that means a big shock when sent off to a far worse place. For believers who have been negative, then there will be the big embarrassment of learning that they have just missed out on the biggest lottery ever, and they held the winning numbers all throughout their life. The ticket just expired when they died, so they do not collect.
Wouldn't that be the biggest bummer in the world?
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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