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Redeeming the Time - Part 1

FAITHFUL SERVICE            Page 5
V.46 (cont'd.)

** Did the slave have any idea that his master was about to come home?

No! He came "on a day when he does not expect him, and at an hour he does not know..."

** What tragic thing happens to the slave?

The one who had been given a noble job, is cut in pieces and assigned a place with the unbelievers.

** What is happening here? Is this a Christian who just did not do a good enough job?

God forbid! This is the hypocrite, the fraud, the unbeliever who goes to church for sordid gain. This is the person who wants public recognition, money, popularity for their religious efforts. They can act pious, but their heart is far from knowing God. cf. Matthew 7:21-23, Acts 19:13-16

V.47 ** How severe is the punishment for those individuals who understand the truth about God but fail to "get ready" by giving their hearts to Him in obedience?

He "shall receive many lashes..."

V.48 ** What about the person who does not understand as well, all that God wants from His creation? What will become of him, even if he does things that are worse than the hypocrite we just saw?

He "will receive but few [lashes]".

** What is this parable teaching us about eternal punishment of the ungodly?

It is unique, personalized and varies from one person to the next. None of it, though, would ever be considered desirable, in the light of eternal heaven and glory.
cf. Matthew 10:15, Matthew 11:21-24

** As we bring this parable to a close, what sobering reminder do we learn that should compel us to redeem the time?

1) "...from everyone who has been given much shall much be required..." Remember, that is both the saved and the unsaved!

2) If you have been entrusted with much on behalf of the Lord, it is only the beginning. He will continue to "ask all the more" until the day He comes for us.

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