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Matthew 25:14-30

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 14 The Parable of the Talents:

     "For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and entrusted his property to them.

 15 To one he gave five talents, [money] to another two, and to another one; he gave to every man according to his own ability, and he immediately left on his journey. [A talent was a very large sum of money, (approximately $500,00 today). It is not a talent, such a singing, speaking, sewing, dancing, painting, etc. The Lord is using a very large earthly treasure to represent heavenly treasure, the measure of the Spirit of God, given to every man, which measure of Spirit of God is your talent, which talent is like a seed that must be grown tall in this life; if you fail to grow it, in the next life it is taken away from you and given to another who has improved their measure of the Spirit of God, while you are cast into outer darkness as a wicked and unworthy servant where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. So every man is given a small measure of the Spirit of God with light that he might believe what it shows him, what it reproves him, what it convicts him — while a man is alive on the earth. If a man is totally obedient to the anonymous pleadings of God's Spirit or light, he will become a child of God, a child of light, for God is light. But if he hates the light because it reproves his selfish lifestyle and behavior, then he dies in his sins; and when a man dies still sinning, Christ the light steps out of him, leaving the man in total darkness, which is Hell. Then the measure of light that the man had is given to another who improved his measure of Spirit of God while alive.]

 16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with the money, and made five more talents.

 17 And likewise he who had received two, he also gained another two.

 18 But he who had received one went and dug into the earth, and hid his lord's money.

 19 Now after a long time the lord of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.

 20 And he who had received five talents came and brought his other five talents, saying, 'Lord, you entrusted five talents to me. Behold, I have gained five talents more than the original five.'

 21 And his lord said to him, 'Well done, you good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things. I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'

 22 Then he who that had received two talents also came and said, 'Lord, you entrusted two talents to me. Behold, I have gained two talents more than the original two.'

 23 And his lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things. I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'

 24 Then he who had received the one talent, came and said, 'Lord, I knew you that you are a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed.3

 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the earth. See, you have what is yours.'

 26 His lord answered and said to him, 'You wicked and slothful servant; you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered.

 27 Therefore you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and then at my coming I would have received my own with interest.

 28 Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.

 29 For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.4

 30 And cast the unprofitable servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' [Those who fail to increase the small measure of God's Light that all men who come into the world are given so that they might believe, John 1:7,9, lose even their small measure Spirit and light, thus to be in outer darkness where they will panic, weep, and gnash their teeth. Until we lose the small measure of light we have been given, we have no idea how much our sense of well-being is dependent upon it.]

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Luke 19:12-27

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 12 The Parable of the Minas:

      He said therefore, "A certain nobleman went into a far country to obtain a kingdom for himself and then to return.

 13 And he called ten of his servants to him and gave them ten minas [sum of money] and said, 'Do business with this until I return.' [A mina was a large sum of money. The Lord is using a large sum of money to represent heavenly treasure, the measure of the Spirit of God, given to every man, which measure of Spirit of God is your mina, which mina is like a seed that must be grown tall in this life; if you fail to grow it, in the next life it is taken away from you and given to another who has improved their measure of the Spirit of God, while you are cast into outer darkness as a wicked and unworthy servant where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. So every man is given a small measure of the Spirit of God with light that he might believe what it shows him, what it reproves him, what it convicts him — while a man is alive on the earth. If a man is totally obedient to the anonymous pleadings of God's Spirit or light, he will become a child of God, a child of light, for God is light. But if he hates the light because it reproves his selfish lifestyle and behavior, then he dies in his sins; and when a man dies still sinning, Christ the light steps out of him, leaving the man in total darkness, which is Hell. Then the measure of light that the man had is given to another who improved his measure of Spirit of God while alive.]

 14 But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, 'We do not want this man to reign over us.'

 15 And it came to pass, when he had returned after having received the kingdom, that he commanded these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, so that he might know how much each man had gained by trading.

 16 So the first came, saying, 'Lord, your mina has gained ten minas.'

 17 And he said to him, 'Well done, you good servant!. Because you have been faithful in a very little, I give you authority over ten cities.'

 18 Then the second also came, saying, 'Lord, your mina has gained five minas.'

 19 And he said to him likewise, 'Take charge over five cities.'

 20 Then another came, saying, 'Lord behold, here is your mina, which I have kept laid away in a handkerchief.

 21 For I feared you, because you are a severe man; for you take up what you did not lay down, and reap what you did not sow.'2

 22 And he said to him, 'Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was a severe man, taking up what I did not lay down, and reaping what I did not sow;

 23 Therefore why did you not put my money into the bank, so that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?

 24 And he said to those who stood by, 'Take the mina from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.'

 25 But they said to him, 'Lord, he already has ten minas.'

 26  I tell you, 'That to everyone who has, more shall be given, but from him who has not, even that which he has shall be taken away from him.3

 27 But bring those enemies here who did not want me to reign over them and slay them before me.'" [And do not fear those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Mat 10:28]

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