quick study is a sub-topic support for the foreshadows in
6 - SEVEN LETTERS TO THE SEVEN
is the Judgment Seat of Christ?
Corinthians 5:10 (NIV) - For we must all appear before the
judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive
what is due him for the things done while in the body,
whether good or bad.
judgment seat of Christ is purposed for distributing rewards
according to deeds of service while we live in this dimension
of time. So, when Christ sits on His judgment seat (in heavenly
glory) at the beginning of the end time, He separates those
whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life from
the rest of the nations.
The first separation concerns all nations, to
separate those who names are written in the Lamb's Book
of LIfe from those whose names are not written in the book.
the lost who have rejected the gospel there will be wrath
25:31-32 (NIV) - "When the Son of Man comes in his
glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne
in heavenly glory. (32) All the nations will be gathered
before him, and he will separate the people one from
another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
3:36-4:1 (KJV) - He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting
life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not
see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
12:47-48 (NIV) - "As for the person who hears my words
but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not
come to judge the world, but to save it. (48) There is
a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my
words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at
the last day.
those who reject the gospel, which proclaims Jesus as Savior
and Lord, they will endure God's wrath after the agenda
time for the ministry of the gospel is closed just prior
to the sounding of the seventh trumpet - Revelation 10:7.
purpose of the first separation is to take the church (believers)
out of the rest of the world so the church can be judged.
Judgment for unbelievers is reserved until after the millennium.
This is referred to as the White Throne Judgment by Bible
After the first separation - Judgment begins with the House
Peter 4:17 (KJV) - For the time is come that judgment
must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin
at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel
time is come" - When Peter spoke these words
(after Jesus ascended into heaven) the time of the Gentiles
began. When Christ closes the "times of the Gentiles"
at pre-trib, judgment of the house of God will occur based
on God's criteria. God's criteria is made known to believer's
by the seven letters in the book of Revelation.
the "times of the Gentiles" is closed, then Christ
turns back to the Jews with the gospel for their salvation.
This occurs with the opening of the first seal in chapter
six of the book of Revelation.
reward servants whom He knows relationally
following scriptures from the book of Timothy denotes the
importance of correctly handling the Word of truth, in order
to avoid destroying or hindering the Christians' growth
in faith. Teachers of the Word need to live their lives
in-sync with the truth of the Word in order to be useful
to God and prepared to do any good work.
Timothy 2:14-26 (NIV) - Keep reminding them of these things.
Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it
is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. (15)
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,
a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly
handles the word of truth. (16) Avoid godless chatter,
because those who indulge in it will become more and more
ungodly. (17) Their teaching will spread like gangrene.
Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, (18) who have wandered
away from the truth. They say that the resurrection
has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some.
(19) Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed
with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who
are his," and, "Everyone who confesses
the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness."
15 - "Do your best to present yourself to God as
one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed
and who correctly handles the word of truth."
This scripture speaks of a servant who correctly handles
the gospel, in truth and Spirit. We do not have to be the
best (preacher or teacher) at handling the gospel, we just
need to do our best. The scripture also states that the
servant is one who is not ashamed to be a witness of the
19 - "The Lord knows those who are his"
- This phrase encourages Christians to have a relationship
with Christ Jesus. To have a knowledge of Christ is good,
but Christians are to know Him relationally. I believe this
is the primary factor of pre-trib judgment criteria.
20 & 21 - In a large house there are articles not only
of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay;
some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. (21) If
a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument
for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and
prepared to do any good work.
corporate church contains noble Christians (gold and silver)
and ignoble religious people (wood and clay). Those who
handle the Word of God must cleanse themselves of ignoble
(wood and clay) things, so their teachings of the Word will
prepare them for any good work.
22, 23, 24 & 25 - Flee the evil desires of youth, and
pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with
those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. (23) Don't
have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because
you know they produce quarrels. (24) And the Lord's servant
must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone,
able to teach, not resentful. (25) Those who oppose him
he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant
them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,
(26) and that they will come to their senses and escape
from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to
do his will.
servant who lives his life pursuing righteousness, faith,
love, peace and calls on the Lord with a pure heart is a
servant who has a relationship with God. God will enable
this servant to be kind and enable him to teach. When opposition
comes because of his witness of God's Word, he must gently
instruct (without debating or quarreling) in hope that God
will grant them repentance and lead them to a knowledge
Christ judges the House of God at pre-trib, He will separate
between gold / silver noble Christians and wood / clay ignoble
religious people in the corporate church?
Very Important Scripture Concerning Pre-tribulation Judgment
Seat of Christ
Timothy 2:20-21 (NIV) - In a large house (corporate
church) there are articles not only of gold and silver,
but also of wood and clay; some are for noble
purposes and some for ignoble. (21) If a man
cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an
instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the
Master and prepared to do any good work.
the corporate church there are noble Christians and there
are ignoble (carnal) Christians. Carnal Christians can cleanse
themselves from their carnality and made noble and useful
to Christ to do His work in the earth. The seven letters
in the book of Revelation are purposed to reveal to each
Christian the things from which he needs to be cleansed.
Then he will serve Christ in the noble ministry of the gospel
and receive the best reward at pre-tribulation.
Judgment is concerned with building upon the foundation
of Christ -
1 Corinthians 3:12-15 (KJV) - Now if any man build
upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones,
wood, hay, stubble; (13) Every man's work shall be
made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because
it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall
try every man's work of what sort it is. (14) If any man's
work abide which he hath built
thereupon, he shall receive a reward. (15) If any
man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss:
but he himself shall be saved;
yet so as by fire.
scripture centers on building upon the foundation laid by
Christ. The foundation of Christ is the gospel as recorded
by the apostles. When each Christian builds upon this foundation,
he does so by appropriating the Word in his own life and
serving in the ministry of His Word to those who need to
day" denotes a time of judgment established for
declaring a man's service or servanthood, whether it is
gold, silver and precious stones (jewels) or wood, hay and
stubble. If it is declared (plainly revealed) that a man's
work (building on the foundation of Christ) is gold, silver
and precious stones then he will receive his reward (become
a jewel in God's treasured possession). If it is declared
that a man's work is wood, hay and stubble then he will
lose his reward, but he will still be saved. Fire
as used in this scripture means God is testing and approving
each man's works of service. Both groups of Christians,
gold / silver / precious stones and wood / hay / stubble
servants are saved, but the wood / hay / stubble group will
not receive the same reward as the gold / silver / precious
stones group. So, the end time judgment will make this distinction
when rewarding servants - Mark 9:35 (NIV) - Sitting down,
Jesus called the Twelve and said, "If anyone wants
to be first, he must be the very last, and the
servant of all."
of Gold, Precious Stones and Silver Servants -
15:8 (NIV) - This is to my Father's glory, that you bear
much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
Christians who demonstrate holiness before others, wherever
they go or work, are building on the foundation of Christ
using "gold, silver and costly stones."
5:22-24 (NIV) - But the fruit of the Spirit is love,
joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
(23) gentleness and self-control. Against such
things there is no law. (24) Those who belong to Christ
Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions
and desires. Christians are to show God's fruit to the
world, enabled by Holy Spirit.
7:18-20 (NIV) - Every tree that does not bear good fruit
is cut down and thrown into the fire. (20) Thus, by their
fruit you will recognize them.
6:24 (KJV) - No man can serve two masters: for either he
will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold
to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and
16:11 (KJV) - If therefore ye have not been faithful
in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust
the true riches? Servanthood includes stewardship over
22:36-40 (NIV) - "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment
in the Law?" (37) Jesus replied: "'Love the
Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul
and with all your mind.'
(38) This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And
the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'
(40) All the Law and the Prophets
hang on these two commandments."
the Law and Prophets (entire word
of God) hang on
each Christian's willingness to love as Christ loved. The
Word of God affecting one's life as a Christian depends
on the manifestation of agape love. It's no mystery that
God commands us to forgive those who trespass against us.
Forgiveness for others is fertile ground for God's love
(agape) to become rooted in our soul.
13:10 (NIV) - Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore
love is the fulfillment of the law.
Chronicles 28:9 (NIV) - "And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge
the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted
devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches
every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts.
If you seek him, he will be found by you....
12:26-27 (NIV) - At that time his voice shook the earth,
but now he has promised, "Once more I will shake
not only the earth but also the heavens." (27) The
words "once more" indicate the removing of
what can be shaken-- that is, created things-- so that
what cannot be shaken may remain. In the end
time God shakes the world and the earth so that what can't
be shaken will remain.
end time tribulation is a time of God shaking the earth
and the heavens, so that what can't be shaken shall remain
- Faith and Love! Gold, precious stones and silver
Christians will not have to endure the end time tribulation
time because their faith and love is intact. They do not
need additional sanctification!
are many other aspects to holiness not mentioned here as
works of "Gold, silver, costly stones" Hopefully,
the reader can ascertain works of "gold, silver and
costly stones" and help in an analysis of where he/she
spiritually stand today.
suggestion: After completing your study of this book,
read Volume 6 - The Seven Letters
to the Churches to
measure where you stand today.
Scriptures that Validate Pre-tribulation Judgment
Another judgment scripture concerned with having a relationship
with Christ -
parable speaks of the pre-trib Judgment Seat of Christ just
prior to His second advent - "Then shall the kingdom
of heaven be likened unto ten virgins".
25:1-13 (KJV) - Then shall the
kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins,
which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
(2) And five of them were wise,
and five were foolish.(3) They that were foolish
took their lamps, and took no
oil with them: (4) But the wise took
oil in their vessels with their lamps.(5) While
the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.(6)
And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom
cometh; go ye out to meet him.(7) Then all those virgins
arose, and trimmed their lamps.(8) And the foolish said
unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone
out.(9) But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there
be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that
sell, and buy for yourselves.(10) And while they went to
buy, the bridegroom came; and they
that were ready went in with him to the marriage:
and the door was shut.(11)
Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord,
Lord, open to us.(12) But he answered and said,
Verily I say unto you, I know
scripture is concerned with a number of characterizations
shall the kingdom of heaven be likened "
- This phrase is often
used by Jesus to introduce a parable that will reveal things
concerning the end times.
of them were wise, and
five were foolish" - The ten virgins
represent the corporate body of Christ (bridesmaids) who
prepared themselves to meet Christ, their bridegroom. They
had the oil and their lamps were burning (the Holy Spirit
was vibrant). But, because Christ tarried, they all slumbered
and slept. They became complacent. Then came the cry that
the Christ was coming! All of the virgins awoke to meet
Christ. But, something is amiss because only some of them
were actually ready to meet Him.
no oil" - The virgins who took no oil
with them were in a state of spiritual insensitivity to
the Holy Spirit's indwelling presence and were not ready
when the bridegroom came. These Christians have fallen from
the place of their first works, the works they did when
they first accepted Christ and He filled their lamps with
the oil of the Holy Spirit. When He tarried, their works
diminished and they fell into a place of spiritual complacency
or slumber. They settled into a comfort zone of Christianity.
A complacent comfort zone based on convenience and routine.
But, they do not realize that the things of God are always
inconvenient to complacency and comfort. So, some Christians
are not willing to be inconvenienced.
corporate church will be held accountable for not being
ready for His return. All Christians should serve in one
capacity or another in the church's ministry of the gospel,
and they should not loose the oil of joy from the Holy Spirit's
anointing for ministry. They should be willing to be inconvenienced
for the good of others. They should keep their lamps trimmed
by not allowing anything to distract them from a continual
consciousness of Christ's in-dwelling presence.
does the Christian keep a continual consciousness (mindset)
of the indwelling presence of Christ? See
author's comments on Door
to Transformation (click here)
To slumbering Christian, Christ states, "I
never knew you". Judgment is based
on whether or not the professed Christian has a viable active
relationship with the Lord. All Christians have a knowledge
of Christ in their heads, so to speak, but some do not have
a relationship with Christ in their hearts. Their relationship
is based on what they know and believe to be true, but not
in the heart. Absence of the heart in spiritual matters
causes many to slumber and fall from their first passionate
experiences with the Lord. They may not be ready for His
Sincere continual prayer (continual consciousness of Christ's
presence) maintains relational spiritual values and overpowers
slumber (ommission and carnal indifference to spiritual
matters). If the anxieties of life have priority
in one's mindset, mental faculties used for spiritual alertness
will be hindered. This can cause Christians to ebb into
spiritual slumber and inactivity. Walking by the Spirit
demands we entrust God with all the difficulties we face
daily and rely on Him daily for our provisional needs. Consciousness
of God's presence during difficult times will keep the faith.
Otherwise, we will end up with our own understanding and
strength to weather the storms in our lives. Faith in the
provision of God sets us free from life's anxieties. Otherwise,
we become distracted by life's issues and walk by sight
- Luke 21:34 (NIV) - "Be careful, or your hearts
will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and
the anxieties of life, and that day will close
on you unexpectedly like a trap.
the heart and the mouth are necessary to be relationally
Matthew 15:8 (KJV) - This people draweth nigh
unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their
lips; but their heart is far
To be "in Christ" the Holy
Spirit must be received by faith and love for Christ must
be in the heart. When "in Christ" the Christian's
profession of faith will be a heart spoken witness of gospel
truths to others.
10:10 (KJV) - For with the heart man believeth unto
righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made
unto salvation. Man confesses he is saved with his
mouth, but it is in the heart that he believes and is justified
(righteous) before God. Confession of God's Word alone is
is professed by the mouth, activated by love and manifested
in the heart by experiencing faith at work in our
personal lives in ministry. Works of faith are etched
in the soul through experience. Deeds of love and grace
to others bring glory to God and also bring experiences
etched in the soul. Thus, we are justified by contents of
our hearts. A faith that worketh by love is a faith that
is energized by love. Deeds of faith are deeds of love (love
that expects nothing in return). Deeds of faith glorify
God and bring joy to the heart.
the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept"
- Since the day Jesus ascended into heaven,
the church has looked for the return of Christ to establish
His kingdom on the earth. Two thousand years later, the
church is still hearing sermons and lessons which denotes
the return of Christ. But, Christ is tarring and many in
the corporate church are in a state of spiritual slumber
concerning His return and concerning their involvement in
the ministry of the gospel. Who will have enough oil when
that were ready went in with him to the marriage"
- The parable of the ten virgins is a most important
parable because it is concerned with those who are ready
and those who are not ready. Those who are ready will participate
in the marriage ceremony. Those who are not ready will be
shut out of the ceremony because they needed more oil .
is also seen in the parable of the Wedding Banquet - Matthew
22:11-14 (NIV) - "But when the king came in to see
the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing
wedding clothes. (12) 'Friend,' he asked, 'how did
you get in here without wedding clothes?' The man was speechless.
(13) "Then the king told the attendants, 'Tie him hand
and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where
there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' (14) "For
many are invited, but few are chosen." To
attend the wedding, Christians must be wearing wedding raiment
- garments of righteousness that is by faith in Christ;
a faith that worketh by love.
14 - "Many are invited, but few are chosen"
- All who hear the gospel are invited to the wedding
supper, but only a few are chosen. This phrase denotes Christ
judging the corporate church. Those in the church who wear
the correct clothing will be chosen.
he asked, 'how did you get in here without wedding clothes?"
- Christ uses the word "friend" to address
Christians who have the knowledge of God that Christ taught
them - John 15:15-16 (NIV) - I no longer call you servants,
because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead,
I have called you friends, for everything that
I learned from my Father I have made known to you. Christians
become friends of Christ because Christ has made known the
will of God to them by demonstrations and deeds of love
for them. Apparently, there's a difference between knowing
the will of God and doing the will of God. Knowing and doing
the will of God is correct clothing.
him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping
and gnashing of teeth." - Some in the
church believe they are wearing wedding clothes, but will
be rejected as unacceptable participants. They will be bound
by hand and foot and thrown outside the wedding banquet
into darkness where there will be wailing and gnashing of
man was speechless" indicates he had no defense
for wearing incorrect clothing. Whatever the state of his
relationship with Christ, he knows his rejection is just.
Christians are ready and watchful when Christ returns to
judge the corporate church, they will be wearing the correct
clothing. The correct clothing is the glory of God given
to them by Christ - John 17:22 (NIV) - I have given
them the glory that you gave me, that they may be
one as we are one.
door was shut"
- Christ shuts out the foolish as He judges the church.
This scripture does not say the foolish
are condemned. I believe this is a distinction Christ makes
in the church. When Christ judges the House of God
He will make a distinction between those who are ready and
those who are not ready; between those who have oil and
those who have no oil; between those who serve and those
who do not serve. This distinction of readiness is seen
in the letter to the Church of Philadelphia - Revelation
3:7-8 (NIV) - "To the angel of the church in Philadelphia
write: These are the words of him who is holy and true,
who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can
shut, and what he shuts no one can open. (8) I know
your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door
that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength,
yet you have kept my word and have not denied
Another Parable Concerning Christians' Relationship with
7:21-23 (NIV) - "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord,
Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who
does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (22) Many will
say to me on that day,
'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy
in your name, and in your name
drive out demons and perform many miracles?'
(23) Then I will tell them plainly, 'I
never knew you. Away from
me, you evildoers!'
that day" - This phrase refers
to the day of judgment of the church because this scripture
speaks of who will enter the kingdom of heaven when the
House of God is judged. There will be those in the church
who prophesy in His name, drive out demons in His name and
perform many miracles in His name. But, their relationship
with Christ is amiss because He never knew them.
never knew you" - This
phrase emphasizes the need to have an active and passionate
relationship with Christ today. Christ knows when Christians
are not spiritually sensitive to His presence. He knows
the motivation of each Christian's heart when He judges
their works of service.
For the saved judgment is concerned with readiness for His
25:13 (KJV) - Watch
therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein
the Son of man cometh. Christ is calling
for the church to be watchful concerning its relationship
with Him, because the time of judgment (His second coming)
will come at a day and hour unknown by the church.
"Watch" (Strong's Concordance
- Greek) #1127 gregoreuo
(gray-gor-yoo'-o); from #1453;
to keep awake, i.e. watch (literally or figuratively).
- collecting one's faculties; to waken (transitively
or intransitively), i.e. rouse (literally, from
sleep, from sitting or lying, from disease, from death;
or figuratively, from obscurity, inactivity, ruins,
instruction to "watch" goes beyond mere observation.
Watch means to be alert, keep awake by collecting one's
faculties concerning the present time and the end-times,
including judgment of the church. One's faculties are collected
through knowledge and wisdom from God's Word. However,
love and passion empowers and activates knowledge
Thessalonians 5:1-7 (NIV) - Now, brothers, about times and
dates we do not need to write to you, (2) for you know very
well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief
in the night. (3) While people are saying, "Peace
and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly,
as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
(4) But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this
day should surprise you like a thief. (5) You are all sons
of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the
night or to the darkness. (6) So then, let us not be
like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and
Judgment is also associated with servanthood -
12:25-26 (NIV) - Whoever serves me must follow me; and where
I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor
the one who serves me.
25:32-40 (KJV) - Then shall the King say unto them on
his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit
the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of
the world: (35) For I was an hungred,
and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink:
I was a stranger, and ye took me in: (36) Naked, and ye
clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison,
and ye came unto me. (37) Then shall the righteous answer
him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee a hungred,
and fed thee? or thirsty, and
gave thee drink? (38) When saw we thee a stranger, and took
thee in? or naked, and clothed
thee? (39) Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came
unto thee? (40) And the King shall answer and say unto them,
Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it
unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done
it unto me.
scripture speaks of the time when Christ shall gather
all nations before Him for judgment. His judgment in
this scripture is associated with servanthood. Those who
have faithfully served in the ministry of grace to those
who are needy will be put on His right side (sheep). All
others will be put on His left side (goats). Serving the
Lord in the ministry of the gospel to others is paramount
for the whole Christian experience.
Servanthood is associated with being first and the greatest
9:33-35 (NIV) - They came to Capernaum. When he was in the
house, he asked them, "What were you arguing about
on the road?" (34) But they kept quiet because on the
way they had argued about who was the greatest. (35)
Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "If
anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last,
and the servant of all."
scripture reveals the greatest in the kingdom of heaven
shall be the least on the earth today, spiritually placing
all others above himself and serving them. This is the truest
definition of the ministry of grace and love. Serving in
the ministry of grace is as much a part of the complete
Christian experience as salvation and the building of faith.
Serving is an outward selfless expression of love for the
Lord and for others. Apart from ministering to others, how
can we experience God's love in our hearts?
Christian who desires to be first will ready and prepared
for the return of Christ. He / she will have a pure heart
and active in the ministry.
Judgment is also associated with making a distinction
from ministering grace and love to others, the Christian
would not have an opportunity to be a yielded vessel. God
never gives anything to be hoarded. A vessel is not for
hoarding it is for transporting God's grace to others. The
church is called to be vessels, not vats of storage. All
His favor to each of us is to be sent forward to others
in love, in the form of witness or good deed. Judgment of
the church is an evaluation of the body of Christ, judging
between those who serve Christ and those who do not.
3:17-18 (KJV) - And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of
hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and
I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son
that serveth him. (18) Then shall ye return, and
discern between the righteous and the wicked, between
him that serveth God and him that serveth Him
not. This scripture denotes the jewels (treasured
possession) of God are His sons that serve Him by serving
others. God's gathering together His jewels is a judgment
of distinction. This distinction in Malachi provides discernment
to the body of Christ about the end time.
are building upon the gospel as they are engaged in the
ministry of the gospel and grace of God. Building
denotes 1) seeking truth revealed by the Holy Spirit
and 2) personal application of faith in life's circumstances
and 3) personal ministry of grace to others. First,
you get the truth, then you apply it personally and then
you minister truth to others. Then you are a builder for
transformation is a matter of applying God given faith to
life's circumstances. Servanthood is a ministry of faith
under the power of the Holy Spirit to those in the body
of Christ who need encouragement and teaching, as well as,
preaching the Word to the lost.
are entrusted with God's Word (truth) under the power of
the Holy Spirit. The gift of faith in God's truth is given
to each Christian and is metaphorically represented as a
talent of gold in the Parable of the Talents. Christ is
seeking to reward those ("well
done thy good and faithful servant")
with the greatest talent as well as those with the
least talent when He returns for the church.
the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:19-21) the
one who was given the one talent was required to put in
on deposit so it would produce interest. Meaning, to be
on deposit is to personally live as a Christian should live
and be active in ministry, a personal witness of God's grace
by sharing with others as the opportunities arise. But,
in the parable the one with the one talent (least gift)
failed to put the gift of faith on deposit (in
his own personal life and applied in ministry of grace to
he was afraid. So
opportunities to grow spiritually and serve others passed
to fear - Matthew 25:26-29 (NIV) - Well then,
you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers,
so that when I returned I would have received it back with
interest. (28) "'Take the talent from him and give
it to the one who has the ten talents. (29) For everyone
who has will be given more and he will have
an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he
has will be taken from him. This Christian did not serve
the Lord as he was called and equipped to do.
the other hand, the one who was given more talents (greater
gift) put his faith in action and served others. His service
produced a return that was greater than the talent given
to him. Matthew 25:19-21 (NIV) - "After a long time
the master of those servants returned and settled accounts
with them. (20) The man who had received the five talents
brought the other five. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted
me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.'
(21) "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful
servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will
put you in charge of many things. Come and share
your master's happiness!'
servant who failed to put the one talent on deposit in his
own personal life of ministry metaphorically represents
Christians who fall into fear, spiritual complacency
or slumber, which are obstacles to their involvement
in the ministry of "good news" to others. This
precept is validated in the previously mentioned scripture
- Matthew 25:5 (KJV) - While the bridegroom tarried,
they all slumbered and slept.
and slept" (Strong's
Concordance - Greek) #3573 nustazo
(noos-tad'-zo); to nod, i.e.
(by implication) to fall asleep; figuratively,
reveals Christians who fall asleep and delay the advancement
of the kingdom through the ministry of the gospel. And delay
the advancement of personal spiritual growth by falling
Fausset, and Brown Commentary)
- They all slumbered and slept - the wise
as well as the foolish. The word "slumbered" [enustaxan
signifies, simply, 'nodded,' or, 'became drowsy;' while
the word "slept" (NT:2518)]
is the usual word for 'lying down to sleep;' denoting two
stages of spiritual declension - first, that half-in-voluntary
lethargy or drowsiness which is apt to steal over one
who falls into inactivity; and then a conscious,
deliberate yielding to it, after a little vain resistance.
Such was the state alike of the wise and the foolish virgins,
even until the cry of the Bridegroom's approach awoke them.
So likewise in the parable of the Importunate Widow: "When
the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?"