Chapter 31

Closing Statements by the Crown

Isaiah 42:18-22 “Hear, you deaf; look, you blind, and see! Who is blind but my servant, and deaf like the messenger I send? Who is blind like the one committed to me, blind like the servant of the Lord? You have many things, but have paid no attention; your ears are open, but you hear nothing.” It pleased the Lord for the sake of his righteousness to make His laws great and glorious. But this is a people plundered and looted, all of them trapped in pits or hidden away in prisons. They have become plunder, with no one to rescue them; they have been made loot, with no one to say, “Send them back.”

Isaiah 48:1 “Listen to this, O house of Jacob, you who are called by the name of Israel and come from the line of Judah, you who take oaths in the name of the Lord and invoke the God of Israel - but not in truth or righteousness - you who call yourselves citizens of the holy city and rely on the God of Israel - the Lord Almighty is his name: I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass. For I knew how stubborn you were; the sinews of your neck were iron, your forehead was bronze.

Isaiah 48:6 ...“From now on I will tell you of new things, of hidden things unknown to you.

(“things” is a word that is used in the plural) They are created now, and not long ago: you have not heard of them before today. So you cannot say, “Yes, I knew of them”. You have neither heard nor understood; from of old your ears have not been open.

Isaiah 48:8-10 Well do I know how treacherous you are; you were called a rebel from birth. For my own name’s sake I delayed my wrath; for the sake of my praise I hold it back from you, as not to cut you off. See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. For my own name sake I do this. How can I let myself be defamed.

Isaiah 48:16 “Come near to me and listen to this: “From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret; at the time it happens, I am there.” And now the Sovereign Lord has sent me, with his Spirit.

Isaiah 48:17-19 This is what the Lord says, your Redeemer. The Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea. Your descendants would have been like the sand, your children like its numberless grains; their names would never be cut off nor destroyed from before me.”

Isaiah 48:20 Leave Babylon, flee from the Babylonians!
(The world and the people that influence you to take part in the rituals of the world) Announce this with shouts of joy and proclaim it. Send it out to the ends of the earth; say, “The Lord has redeemed his servant Jacob.”

Isaiah 48:21 They did not thirst when he led them through the desert; he made water flow for them from the rock and water gushed out.

Isaiah 48:22 “There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.”

Isaiah 49:8 This is what the Lord says: “In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances, to say to the captives, ‘Come out’ and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’

This is not the time that Christ’s blood covenant comes to fruition but rather a different and new dimension, a revealing of the height, width and depth of the love of Christ. The time of His covenant is over, but not the time of His love and compassion. When time passes, His favor will grant mercy to the captives and to those in darkness when he says, “Come out and be free.” It is time for the end of weeping and crying; the time of reunion.

Matt 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.”

Matt 6:22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness, how great is that darkness!”

If you want to see how bad the darkness is in your body, go to one who studies the eyes.

Matt 7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

A few is not many, when you consider that Jesus is talking to the “Evangelicals” and the “so called” leader of Christianity.

Matt 7:24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

But if the Word tells me my ears are open but I am not hearing, who will heal my ears that I may perceive the words? How do you put in practice that which you cannot hear to understand?

Matt 10:34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn “ ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ ”

But how will it come to pass that the very ones who instructed me in my faith and taught me the way to live should now become my enemies?

Pro 15:31 He who listens to a life giving rebuke will be home among the wise.

If you don’t think, as you read these words that are bringing down a mighty rebuke, which is a life giving, all encompassing mandate that gives you the logistics to be at home with the wise, then where is your hope coming from?

Pro 13:16 Every prudent man acts out of knowledge, but a fool exposes his folly.

Pro 27:12 A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, The naive proceed and pay the penalty.

Luke 12:47 “That servant who knows his master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

The Crown will provide the Grace needed for Repentance.

Acts 19:4 Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people, believe in the one who comes after him, that is Jesus.”

John announced and introduced a baptism of repentance to make the way clear, or to remove any and all obstructions that would hinder us from believing in the one who would come after him. This baptism of repentance was manifested in his disciples lives with actions of denying oneself.

Matt 9:14 Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”

When John’s disciples inquired of Jesus regarding fasting, they were disclosing an all important action that was directed by John to facilitate his mission of repentance. John told the Pharisees, to produce fruit in keeping with repentance, in an attempt to have them examine their fruit. The flesh focuses on the physical act of baptism as the means from which we are instantly inwardly transformed, but without these proper actions of repentance the fruit that is produced is bitter and unholy. The flesh is a master at rationalizing anything else other than to sacrifice what is required, that is, itself. If there is no good fruit, there is no repentance. No repentance means no eternal life.

Luke 3:9 The ax is already at the root of the tree, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

Your root is exposed and God stands with the ax readied.

Luke 13:3 and 13:5 (Jesus said) But unless you repent, you too will all perish.

Jesus is telling us it is in the actions of repentance that will keep you from perishing not in the act of baptism. Then Jesus continues on to tell us what repentance is all about and what is required in his following statement, a parable in Luke 13:6-9. “A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I have been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ “ ‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit the next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’ ”

This repentance that is required so we will not perish is completed over three years. No three years, no repentance. No repentance, no salvation. Jesus is our gardener, supplying all the grace we will need to start and complete this time required in repentance. This period of time transforms our fig tree from one that produces fruit that is unholy to fruit that is holy. A Holy God only eats holy fruit.

The problem is that our flesh, by way of our pride, is producing fruit and trying to pass it off to God as holy. Our flesh holds us captive through ignorant pride and stubbornly insists there is no difference between the fruits. Since we are in fact producing a fruit, we surmise that this time of repentance, has been somehow completed by Christ’s grace. But Christ’s grace is to teach us and to give us the strength to say “no” to our flesh in this time of turning 180 degrees.

Phi 2:12 Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

What is this terminology of this word “fear”? In the New Testament, the words most often used to express phobos which means “fear”, “dread”, “terror”. In Job 4:14-15 Eliphaz speaks to Job ...fear and trembling seized me and made all my bones shake. A spirit glided past my face, and the hairs on my body stood on end.

In Matt 28:4 God provides us with this example: The guards were so afraid of him they shook and became like dead men.

Paul directs us to work out our own salvation. If I am working something out, it is going to take deliberate actions over a period of time. And if this thing that I am working out has my life hanging in the balance, it is going to be understandable and healthy that I display a certain amount of fear and times of trembling. But this fear and trembling will not incapacitate me, because I know it is God who is at work in me, enabling me both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Before I am convicted of my need for a savior, I am ignorant of the punishment that awaits me, and therefore, there is no fear or trembling. If the Holy Spirit convicts me and reveals my need for a savior in some evangelistic meeting, the only fear and trembling that may take place, according to established thinking, is on the way up to the front, to pray the prayer of salvation.

But Paul speaks of an ongoing action that is continually at work, producing in us the will and motivation to do His good pleasure. This fear and trembling should only diminish at the same rate my jar of oil increases. For as the oil displaces the air, so will his love in us displace fear and trembling.

Therefore, in this three year period, I move, on a sliding scale, away from fear that has to do with punishment, into ever increasing love that has to do with joy from believing.

Acts 9:31 The church then had peace throughout Judea, and Samaria, and it became stronger as believers lived in the fear of the Lord. And with the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, it also grew in numbers.

So this time that I am living with fear, working out my salvation, turning 180 degrees, I am becoming stronger to the point of what?

Luke 1:74 ...that we being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

1 John 4:17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no more fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.

That is the same integrity of His flesh and blood, is also that of ours.

1 Cor 13:2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

It is not that you are a little bit of something; God’s word said you are nothing! Do not turn from the course once you can fathom all mysteries, or have faith that can move mountains, but go on to perfect love.

This is the point your jar of oil is full and you can sustain your light, passing from death to life. The scripture reveals to us that as Christ is, (that is his nature) so are we in this world; that is here on planet earth. It is unthinkable that someone would turn back after seeing the Lord for whom He is and abandon his new nature. If such a thing should happen, the reverse would also happen, to the point where they would not have enough oil in their jars to sustain the light needed to make the distance.

To lose your salvation once you appropriate the grace of God, to achieve the requirements that He demands through His procedure of repentance is inconceivable, but not impossible. The question that we all need to be asking ourselves is not, “Can I lose my salvation?” but rather, “Did I ever go through His procedure, did I ever have His nature?” Jesus gives us a parable of the ten virgins to show us what it will be like for many on the day of his return, for the ones who stalled out while on this road of repentance.

Matt 25:1-13 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this, Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept.
“But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ ”
“Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ ”
“But the wise replied, ‘No! There is not enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ ”
“And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet and the door was shut.”
“Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord open to us.’ ”
“But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ ”
“Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

Is there anybody who considers themselves a bridesmaid who will not believe that the Kingdom of Heaven will be comparable to this parable? I would hope not. This is a picture in Jesus’ own words showing the conditions required to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but are these foolish virgins also God’s people?

Jer 14:17 “Speak this word to them: “ ‘Let my eyes overflow with tears night and day without ceasing; for my virgin daughter - my people - has suffered a grievous wound, a crushing blow. If I go into the country, I see those slain by the sword; ...

We see and understand that these women were all virgins and bridesmaids, who had in their possession the Light and some Oil. The lamp would be the word of God who shines forth the light, and the oil being the Holy Spirit. You must allow the Old Testament to teach you what the oil represents.

Psalms 89:20 “I have found David My servant; With My holy oil I have anointed him, With whom My hand will be established; My arm also will strengthen him. The enemy will not deceive him, Nor the son of wickedness afflict him.”

To pinpoint the area in these virgins’ lives which actually made the difference, we can only have one variable, and that has been made plain for us, it was the amount of oil. All of us, like all of them, who have entered into the marriage covenant have been anointed with God’s holy oil. The Father has entrusted his possessions to us, his servants, and is expecting us to go to work and double the amount of oil which was given to each of us.

What was true in David’s life will be true in ours. It was in his weakness that God established him by the out stretched hands of Christ. In other words, do not believe Satan’s lie through some well meaning, sincerely ignorant pastor who tells you that after you accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior you have all of the Holy Spirit needed.

They all knew who the groom was and went out expecting to be married. It is important to note that they all fell asleep until somebody woke them up. The five foolish bridesmaids did not dress themselves in their white wedding gowns, even though the groom purchased them and left instructions.

These preparations needed for the ceremony are taxing and demanding but without the knowledge, fear and trembling cannot start this process. For the foolish five, this fear and trembling which is useful in repentance, did not arrive until after the door was shut and the time was over. I suggest we all take a lesson from these foolish bridesmaids, for when the door is open it will be time to go in, not the time to find out there is a requirement that needs time.

I wonder if these five foolish bridesmaids quoted Eph 2:8 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Or maybe after they turn from the door, stunned that they were rejected, they recited with one accord:

Romans 3:23 “There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

Whatever they were thinking, it was now crystal clear that they did not understand what was required of them to do by the power of grace. Like the servant who was given one talent and thought he had it made, said to his Master Matt 25:25 ‘And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground; see, you have what is yours.’ (The Holy Spirit) “But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow, and gathered where I scattered no seed? Then, you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest.”
“ ‘Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has shall more be given, and he shall have abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. And cast out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in the place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ ”

This indictment is not for the unbelievers and neither was this parable of the ten bridesmaids. No, Jesus was referring to all people that have accepted Christ as their Savior, because they all were bridesmaids with a lamp and oil. We understand that five were short of oil and we would expect that the love of Christ would give us the details on why they were short, because He said, “The Spirit will teach you all things.” The Spirit reveals all things by the word of God and by reading the intimate details we can understand the point at which these foolish bridesmaids missed the way that deceived them into thinking they had enough oil.

God’s word never disappoints us when we are willing to humble ourselves before Him, and the Spirit has revealed the details surrounding this agreement between Him and these ten bridesmaids in Jeremiah Chapter 32.

We find the army of King of Babylon besieging Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was confined in the courtyard of the guard in the royal palace of Judah. God told Jeremiah to buy a field from his cousin, Hanamel.

Jer 32:8 “Then, just as the Lord had said, my cousin Hanamel came to me in the courtyard of the guard and said, ‘Buy my field at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. Since it is your right to redeem it and possess it, buy it for yourself.’

Jer 32:9-14 I bought the field at Anathoth from my cousin Hanamel, and weight out the money to him, seventeen shekels of silver. I signed the deed, sealed it, got witnesses, and weighed out the money on scales. Then I took the sealed deed of purchase, containing the terms and conditions, and the open copy, and I gave the deed of purchase to Baruch son of Neriah son of Mahseiah, in the presence of my cousin Hanamel, in the presence of the witnesses who signed the deed of purchase, and in the presence of all Judeans who were sitting in the court of the guard. “In their presence I charged Baruch, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Take these deeds, both this sealed deed of purchase and this open deed, and put them in an earthenware jar, in order that they may last for a long time.’

Seal - A signet containing a distinctive mark, which stood for the individual who owned it.
Terms - Conditions of a contract, sale, etc. that limit or define it.
Condition - A clause in a contract that revokes or modifies a stipulation on certain contingencies.

2 Cor 4:6-7 For God, who said, “Let the light shine out of darkness,” made this light shine in our hearts to give us the light of knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

This treasure is the covenant or contract and these jars of clay are our own bodies. This power only comes from applying the light of the knowledge in working out our contract that we signed with God in our own jars of clay. When you find this treasure, go sell all that you have and buy the field.

Gal 3:15 “Brethren, I speak in terms of human relations: even though it is only a man’s covenant, yet when it has been ratified, no one set it aside or adds conditions to it.”

All covenants or contracts whether it is between God the Father and Jesus, Christ and men or anybody else, must be ratified. Ratification has to do with approval and or confirming that which is offered, but that which is given freely needs no ratification.

A covenant is only an agreement in principle, until it is ratified. If someone makes an offer to purchase and the seller excepting the offer as written, or without making changes, no ratification is needed and the purchaser gives up his down payment and is bound by his covenant. However, if a seller makes changes to the offer to purchase, the purchaser is under no obligation to ratify his covenant or contract on the date of closing.

In other words, if I agree to sell my house and leave it in a certain condition but fail to deliver on the condition, I place ratification in jeopardy. We know that Jesus’ offer to us will not nor can not change, for it is written in his blood. We know Christ lived and died on earth and whatever the state of his blood was at, upon his death, established the standard required.

Yes the bible tells you what to do so your blood and body can meet this standard and thereby, have this covenant ratified in you. Therefore, by His grace, He is waiting for a point in time when all changes are over in you, so He can either ratify His covenant or receive back His deposit.

However, these same sets of circumstances which we find ourselves in are no different than what was asked of Jesus. What I am saying is this, "Jesus came, lived in such a way to fulfill His agreement and died. Jesus’ covenant, upon His death, was ratified by God the Father, solidifying the promise, which no one can set aside. The promise could be spoken to Abraham because God knew His son was not going to make changes to their agreement."

Gal 3:16 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “and to seeds,” as referring to many but rather to one, “and to your seed,” that is Christ. What I am saying is this: the law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise.

Christ was the promise of God, and He ratified it before it came into our earthly reality.

Christ is our kinsman redeemer, he alone has the right to redeem and possess us. We demanded the ultimate price considering the circumstances, but our kinsman redeemer paid the price. He then signed the deed, sealed it and had all this witnessed. Everything on the part of our redeemer, for the purchase was complete. There was nothing that could stop the deal if we wanted it. We are excited to tell all our friends and loved ones that we have sold our land, but if we fall asleep before we have met the terms and conditions for the purchase, we may not awake in time to meet the requirements for closing. Our inaction will not relinquish the covenant only the great everlasting benefits which could have come from Christ’s offering.

Let me take an example from everyday life. You decide to sell your house because you had noticed a few termite holes in your rafters. Nevertheless, you painted the outside of the house and asked twice market value. Several days later you received a phone call and sold the house, sight unseen, for full asking price. The buyer must have been aware of a possible termite infestation, for in the contract he demanded the house be fumigated. In the contract, under the heading “terms and conditions”, it stated that the purchaser would supply all the tools and expertise needed in the procedure to remove the infestation, but the work must be carried out by me, the seller. The contract stated that I could take as long as I needed to finish the procedure, but once started, the fumigation technique could require three years.

You decide you cannot pass up this deal, so the both of you sign it, seal it, and have it witnessed. The purchaser insisted on giving a generous deposit and was looking forward to taking possession. Many years later the termites had completely destroyed your house, the purchaser came and took back his deposit and tore up the contract, leaving you absolutely destitute. It was such a great deal but you never got around to doing the work, life was just too busy and tomorrow never came.

Eze 44:6-7 “Enough of all your abominations O house of Israel, when you brought in foreigners, uncircumcised in heart and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in My sanctuary to profane it, even My house, when you offered My food, the fat and the blood; for they made My covenant void – this in addition to all your abominations.

You are responsible for removing and keeping the termites out! This shows that this covenant can in fact become void based on our inaction.

Jer 1:16 “And I pronounce My judgments on them concerning all their wickedness, whereby they have forsaken Me and have offered sacrifices to other gods, and worshiped the works of their hands.

1 Cor 11:25 In the same way, he (Jesus) took the cup, saying, “This is the new covenant in my blood; do this, in remembrance of me.”

Covenant - Quoted from Bridgeway Bible Dictionary by Don Fleming “A covenant was an agreement between two parties that laid down conditions and guaranteed benefits, depending upon a person’s keeping or breaking the covenant. It was sealed by some form of witness.

Covenants between God and Man, however, differed from purely human covenants in that they were not negotiated as agreements between equals. God was always the giver and man the receiver. Man could not negotiate an agreement with God or make demands upon him. Gods promises originated in his sovereign grace alone, and man could do nothing but accept God’s favors and direction.”

Deu 29:9 Carefully follow the terms of this covenant, so that you may prosper in everything you do.

Jer 11:3 Cursed is the man who does not heed the words of this covenant.

This is a new covenant, a perfect contract, but it still has terms and conditions. There will be no excuses received for an incomplete covenant, for all that was needed was given, and the steps were demonstrated by Christ himself.

Acts 3:18 “But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ should suffer, He has thus fulfilled. Repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you…

We repent; Christ who was appointed for us wipes our sins away.

Jer 11:10 ...Both the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken the covenant I made with their forefathers. Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I will bring on them disaster they cannot escape. Although they cry out to me, I will not listen to them.’

Make no mistake Jeremiah is talking about us today. And what kind of a covenant have we entered into? Let me think. That’s right it’s a marriage covenant!

Jer 3:7-10 I thought that after she had done all this she would return to me but she did not, and her unfaithful sister Judah saw it. I gave faithless Israel her certificate of divorce and sent her away because of all her adulteries. Yet I saw that her unfaithful sister Judah had no fear; she also went out and committed adultery. Because Israel’s immorality mattered so little to her, she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and wood. In spite of all this, her unfaithful sister Judah did not return to me with all her heart, but only in pretense,” declares the Lord.

If we return to the Lord only in pretense, we too will be given our certificate of divorce. Your body is Jerusalem; the throne of the Lord. Depending on what and the amount that is burnt in this throne room on His altar, will decide if the fragrance is sweet or putrid.

Jer 3:17 “At that time they shall call Jerusalem The Throne of the Lord, and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to Jerusalem, for the name of the Lord; nor shall they walk anymore after the stubbornness of their evil heart.

What about Jesus’ parable of the three men who he gave the talents to? Keep in mind that all three men were servants, knowing Jesus, and were planning to be with him in heaven. The first two servants took what was given to them, put it to work, doubling it and received their reward. But the servant who called Jesus “Master” that was given one talent was afraid to put it to work. In Matt 25:24-25 “Then a man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

“His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gathered where I have not scattered seed? 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.”

This third servant was lazy, which means he did not do what was necessary and as a result became wicked. We see that fear working through the faithful, motivates him to take action that positioned him to be in the will of God. But fear working through the unfaithful servant, paralyzed him, because the action of unfaithfulness has rendered him impotent. This man had a wrong understanding of what his master required, for if he had known the master’s response, he would have carried out the proper actions. His mind needed to compute the best course of action for his talent base, on the proper processing of data.

The problem was that his mind was not in a state were he could process what he knew to be true about his Master and translate it into practical steps of action that produced what the Master demanded.

Likewise today, if we have a wrong understanding of what is demanded of us and we do not correct the problem, we will be as shocked as this man was when our Master strips us of our talent and has us thrown outside.

Matt 25:26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you new that I harvest where I have not sown and gathered where I have not scattered seed? 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.”

“Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. 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. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Make no mistake we are talking Hell!

Heb 10:26-27 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sin is left, but only fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.

Heb 10:28-29 Anyone who rejects the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?

Heb 10:30 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, “and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”

It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

One word of caution before you enter your closing statements; Remember Luke 20:18 “He who falls on this Rock will be broken to pieces, but to whom this Rock falls will be crushed.”

Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!

For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.

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