70 myths about losing salvation (23): The parable of the talents.

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Myth 23: Burying your gift under the earth (flesh) and not render to Jesus the fruit of what He planted in you, and get your gift taken from you and be cast out into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Many have viewed the parable of the talents as Jesus teaching his disciples the need to work and produce salvation. Seemingly, the parable teaches that the final servant was thrown to throw outside into darkness, “that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’” The writer in the article “70 ways of falling away” suggests that the parable in Matthew 25 teaches us that we can lose our salvation if we bury our gift under the earth (flesh) and not render to Jesus the fruit of what He planted in us, and get our gift taken from us and be cast out into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. May I suggest that this is not so. (His full article is here: http://smashingidols7.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/70-ways-a-believer-can-fall-away/ 

If you had followed us previously, you would have noted that Jesus was speaking to Jews at this point. It is important as such to consider the culture and the practice of the Jews at the time of Jesus. Let’s dissect the parable shall we. Again I will make my comments in Italics.

Matthew 25:

14 Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

It is pertinent to note here that the parable starts with “Again”. This means the parable emphasizes about being prepared and once again addressed to the Jews. I will submit grounds for my argument hereafter, but first, let me highlight something very important here. The master gave them the amount of talent according to their ability. The word “ability” here is the word “dunamis” meaning “power” in Greek. In other words, the master knows that the servants will be able to produce more for them. Yes, he knew it would be within the 3rd servant to produce one more talent for the master. Thus note this, the master gave the talents to the servants so that “they may share in the master’s happiness!” They were given the talents as a stepping stone to enter into the master’s happiness and that it was a means for them to be in charge of many things!” The master wanted to bless them. He was gracious and it was his joy to bless!

19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. 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!

22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

23 “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!’

See, it was his joy to place them in charge of many things. It was his joy to see his servants blessed. I submit that the way these 2 servants earn their profits by earning interests. Note that Jesus stated “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.” It is important to note at Jesus time banks are unlike banks of today. They are more like money lenders. A good article to read about loans and interests is found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loans_and_interest_in_Judaism#cite_note-Peake.27s_commentary_on_the_Bible-4.

At this juncture it is very important to note a very important Jewish fact. Jews cannot earn profits or interests from a fellow Jew. “The Torah and Talmud encourage the granting of loans if they do not involve interest, with certain exceptions. Charging interest is classed in the Book of Ezekiel as being among the worst sins[3], and is forbidden according to Jewish law”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loans_and_interest_in_Judaism. See also: Deuteronomy 23:19
Do not charge your brother interest, whether on money or food or anything else that may earn interest.

The Torah expresses regulations against the charging of interest in the Exodus 22:25–27Leviticus 25:36–37 and Deuteronomy 23:20–21. In Leviticus loans themselves are encouraged, whether of money or food, emphasizing that they enable the poor to regain their independence, but, like the other two places in the Bible, forbids the charging of interest on the loan[5]. All three places state that the charging of interest is exploitative. In Exodus and Deuteronomy it is clear that it would be acceptable to charge interest on any loan to a non-Jew. Hence the only way these 2 servants could earn more money by taking loaning it out is by lending it to the Gentiles.  Thus the 2 masters must take what the master’s possessions to the Gentiles.

It is important to note that Jesus had said many times “my time has not come”. The only time when he said “my time has come was when the Gentiles were enquiring for him” See: John 12

20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.

23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.”

In other words, Jesus is saying the time has come for the Gentiles to be included into the salvation plan of God. Paul speaks about this in Ephesians, how God will make the Gentile and Jew one. Paul says this is done by the abolishing of the Torah and Talmud. See:

Ephesians 2:15

15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace…

In other words, the 2 servants symbolize the coming of the new covenant. A time when the Gentile enter into the inheritance of Abraham. A time where Jews would take the Gospel to the Gentiles.

24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold 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.25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

It may be shocking for you to know that “burying the monies into the ground” is an old covenant practice. It has nothing to do with “not doing enough for Jesus works mentality”. “Burying money in the ground was looked upon as the best way to ensure against its being stolen (m. Bava Batra 4:7—9).”

In other words, the 3rd servant was still operating under the old covenant mentality. Thereafter he makes accusation of his master as being a hard man, a cheat and he was afraid of him.

26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 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 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

What makes God angry today? Paul states in Romans 1 and Romans 5 how we can make God angry and how we can peace with God. Romans 1 tells us that “18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”

Dear friends, we are told that God is angry because “we suppress the truth by their wickedness.” This truth is made plain to all and is seen since creation. Unfortunately many people don’t understand this truth. Many think this “truth” is the truth about God’s nature. It is not.

Dear friends, look at Romans 5. Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (v. 1)  Paul tells us the way to peace is justification through faith.

Therefore the truth is found in verse 17 of Romans 1. It is this: 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed —a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,[a] just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

The truth that the people suppressed in this: God justifies you because of faith!”. 

This is the moral of the story of the parable. The first 2 servants took risks. They operated by faith. They went to the Gentiles. They went with new covenant mentality. The last one operated by logic, work and the teachings of Old Testament rabbis. He trusted in security in the old covenant.

So God’s wrath is manifested when the truth that “salvation by faith” is suppressed. Our peace with God is achieved when we are justified by faith. Hence how we think of God must be right.

The 3rd servant of his master was a cruel one. He suffered from a “suppressed truth”. In his “confession’, he also pronounced a “suppressed truth” about his master. This was why the master was angry with him. He was suppressing the truth of his master!

There you have it. The 3rd servant was never a new covenant believer. His trust and beliefs were based on old testament traditions. He never believed. He was never one. He was never saved. How could he have lost his salvation?

Be at peace!

Also you can follow the refutes of  70 ways of losing your salvation by just click to this link:https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/tag/70-ways-to-lose-your-salvation/)

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Rick Lacy says:

    wonderful my prayer for you is for our Father to enlarge your territory

    1. Simon Yap says:

      Amen. Thanks.

  2. Dmac says:

    Is there a statement of faith for this blog?

    1. Simon Yap says:

      Not really. Why?

      1. dmac says:

        Just to see what you believe in totality.

  3. jack liwanag says:

    what new covenant are talking about here? is it the new covenant in the blood of Jesus? if it is, Jesus is not yet crucified?

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