Parables of The Talents & Minas & Eternal Rewards

Eternal RewardsThe parable of the Talents in Matthew 25 and the parable of the Minas in Luke 19 seem so similar, and yet many details don’t line up. Are they teaching about the same thing or different things about Eternal Rewards?

(This post is part of a series on Eternal Rewards.)

Both the parable of the Talents and the parable of the Minas teach that believers (i.e., the slaves) are called to serve Christ (i.e., the master) in His absence, and upon His return, Jesus will reward us. As you observed, the parables are not identical, because they are teaching two different aspects of the Kingdom reward system. Continue reading

Matthew 21- Parable of the two sons. Which Son Obeyed?

sonIn Matthew 21:28-32, the parable of the two sons, which son obeyed the father?

 

In Matthew 21 we read:

Matthew 21:28-31 (NKJV)

The Parable of the Two Sons

28 “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’ 29 He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went. 30 Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?”

They said to Him, “The first.”

Jesus said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots (prostitutes) enter the kingdom of God before you.

Jesus gives us the answer to the question. Continue reading

Parables – The Prodigal Son – Conclusion

The Prodigal Son

the prodigal sonAs we ended the previous post, we saw that the Pharisees were unable to see why God shows favor to sinners. Jesus teaching how sinners are a thing of value to God and worthy of being counted, of being found and restored. Telling a story where a rebellious son longs to distance himself from a Father’s authority. And a patient Father willing to grant the son his distance so he might ultimately preserve the relationship. Continue reading

Parables – The Prodigal Son

Parables – The Prodigal Son

Parables themselves present clear stories from everyday events that many in the crowd in Jesus’ time would recognize. Jesus did not code His teaching to prevent some people from understanding, since all equally would understand the imagery. All those gathered there certainly comprehended the aspects of the stories related to their everyday lives. The meaning of His teaching was cloaked because (as Jesus Himself stated) only certain people were intended to understand the meaning. By the revelation of the Holy Spirit, believers are able to understand the meaning of His parables. Continue reading