America in the Kingdom Parables

C.O. Stadslkev - 1959

The Parables on
The LORD'S Return


Luke 12:35-41,42-48

   There are two parables in Luke 12 which are very timely and appropriate for closing our study of the Lord's parables.

   We shall commence reading at verse 35 of Luke 12: "Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.

   "Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them .... Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not" (Luke 12:35-37,40).

   After Jesus had spoken these words verse 41 states: "Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all?"

   Jesus answered Peter's question by giving another parable: "And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?

   "Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will cane forth and serve them."

   The Lord repeatedly warned and exhorted those who would be living at the close of the present age to watch, that is, to be alert and vigilant.

   In Luke 21:34-36 we find the following spoken by the Lord: "And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on ail them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.

   "Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man."

   And in Matthew 25:13 we read: "Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh."

   Why all this emphasis on watching or being alert and awake in the end time? And why this special honor and reward for those who are found watching and praying at the return of Christ?

   Any warning or urgent appeal to watch and pray would generally be taken to indicate danger, and so it is in the Lord's warning to Christians today to watch and pray.

   It is evident from the Lord's teaching that the great end time danger for Christians would be "deception."

   In Matthew 24:4,5,23-25 Jesus said, "Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many....

   If any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before."

   It is apparent from these and other similar passages that the great end time deception would be religion without Christ - or religion which would bypass and ignore the Christ.

   According to the doctrines of the Christian faith any religion that is not Christ centered is an antichrist religion and a counterfeit and a deception.

   In I John 2:18,22,23 we read: "Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time ....

   "Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ: He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also." Beware of every and any religion which is not based on the virgin birth and the blood of Christ. It is an antichrist religion.

   In the second parable we are considering in Luke 12, we find that the servant who is found giving out the meat of the Word at the time of Christ's return is rewarded with great honor and authority: "The Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing."

   "Meat in due season." What does that mean? The apostle Paul wrote concerning the milk and the meat of the Word. He indicates that the truth relative to personal salvation is the milk of the Word, and that the truths in the Bible which require more study and thought are the meat of the Word.

   Today it is possible for an unsaved person to receive the milk of the Word - or be saved - the first time he hears the Gospel of Personal Salvation. But there is also the meat of the Word which requires much Bible study and thought before it is comprehended; such is the case with the Gospel of the Kingdom and God's overall great plan and purpose for this age and the ages to come.

   The reward for giving out the meat of the Word is to be "He (the Lord) will make him ruler over all that He hath."

   The expression "meat in due season" indicates that God would have special added light and truth from His Word as time progressed toward the Kingdom Age.

   "The just shall live by faith," was meat in due season in Luther's time; now it is the milk of the Word.

   The sanctified Christian life was meat in due season in Wesley's time; now it is generally accepted by all Christians.

   The special truth and light that is meat in due season for our time is the Second Coming of Christ and the Gospel of the Kingdom of God on earth.

   In verse 45 Jesus implied that those who give forth the meat of the Word would be beaten by fellow servants who say "My lord delayeth his coming," for these servants are they who do not see the Gospel of the Kingdom and the soon return of Christ. Consequently, the negligent servant will be punished and appointed his portion with tile unbelievers.

   Perhaps the most serious words spoken by our Lord in these two parables are those found in verse 47: "That servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes." With this verse we shall close our study of the Lord's Kingdom parables.

 

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