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DocReits February 3, 2014 at 11:52 pm

Thanks Robert for tackling this difficult parable of talents and the Kingdom. You are so correct when stating that the talents are not our works(contrary to most Christian commentaries). That would certainly lead to the third fellow losing out on salvation through lack of return on investment(works). So much for Grace.

This Kingdom idea involves parables of the Kingdom being likened to a dragnet trolling for fish, leaven in dough, a merchant who finds a pearl of great price, a treasure in a field and a mustard seed, which although very small grows to a very large tree. (Mt 13:31-51)

Further we are told that the Kingdom is within us and we are to pray the Father that His Kingdom will come on earth as it is in Heaven. Whew…No small wonder that confusion abounds!

My personal take on the Kingdom is that the Kingdom of God is “All of God’s Will and Purpose”. There is an opposing kingdom of darkness(Col 1:13), which is diametrically opposed to God’s Will and Purpose(His Kingdom). There is a war that rages between these two camps which fight for the prize of men’s souls. God’s Kingdom explains this parable in this way:

God’s Will and Purpose is that all men will be saved:

Here the Kingdom is seen as the “dragnet” trolling for men’s souls

God’s Will and Purpose was to spend the “Treasure” of Christ’s Blood:

Here the Kingdom is seen as the Pearl of great price, as this treasure rescues our souls from eternity lost.

God’s Will and Purpose is to deposit His Spirit into our flesh as His Guaranty of our Salvation:

Here the Kingdom is seen as the leaven and the mustard seed which grows within the believer to bring forth His fruit in our lives. Hence the Kingdom being within us.

These talents are God’s Kingdom within us as His deposit into the bank of we, His Temple, by His Spirit. God’s Kingdom is to grow(leaven and mustard seed) to produce the fruit of the Good Tree producing Good Fruit(Fruit of the Spirit). The talents are not the Fruit…the Fruit is what the talents produce. No fruit, no Kingdom seeds.

Therefore the third fellow never had the Kingdom within himself as seen by burying the talent available to all men and handing it back “unused” to the master, basically saying “No thank You!” Hence, his being cast outside of the intended “Will and Purpose of God”(The Kingdom). God will not save anyone against their own will.

These are just my personal reflections and certainly open to critique and/or discussion. It has helped me put some of these pieces together and might help someone else.

Blessings to you Robert! Thank you for the great article!

DocReits

Robert February 8, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Doc,
Sorry it took so long for me to respond, God has been blessing me with ministry opportunities that have kept me very busy. You have some very good points in your comment; I pray that all believers would think as deeply about their faith as you do. God bless you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

Ruby July 20, 2016 at 10:32 am

I had a good read with this article of yours. Actually a new parable which I have read on. Thanks for the share!





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