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The Parable of the 10 Virgins, part 8…

Parable of the 10 Virgins, part 8…Thursday, April 5, 2012

In the two parables – from Luke 19 and Matthew 25 – concerning the slaves being given minas and talents, there was a similarity about the third slave in each. They both used the phrase, “I was afraid,” as an excuse. The other slaves do not mention this; they even seem excited about their investments. From whence came the fear? Aren’t we told that the “fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom?”

It is obvious that there were two different aspects to fear at work. The wise response to fear is to obey, even obedience with joy and anticipation of pleasing the Lord, with love from our heart.

Here’s my take on this subject: The foolish servant “leaves his first love.” Since there is “no fear in love,” he does not love his Master and his Master’s plan and his Master’s Kingdom. The perfect love between slave and Master have perfecting love. There is no fear of punishment in perfect love.

If these parables and this doctrine of the coming Kingdom strikes fear in your heart, examine yourselves to see if you Love His Appearing!

1Jo 4:16 And we have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

17 ¶ By this, love is perfected with us, that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.

18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

19 We love, because He first loved us.

I read the 17th chapter of John after the above verses.

 What a blessing of   love! Thank you, Father.

 

 

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