Columbus Baptist Church’s Podcast 92 Matthew ways to make decent money online 25 14-30 – Nothing Gained, Nothing Ventured – Listen Online

[slide 1] turn in your bible to matthew 25. Jesus has answered the questions the disciples posed. He has emphasized repeatedly that the his return is certain ways to make decent money online and soon. He wants them to understand that no one knows the ways to make decent money online timing of the coming of the son of man, except for the father alone. So they must be ready. Being ready as we concluded last week, consists of listening to (hearing, understanding and believing) what jesus says and doing what he says. When we are presently listening and doing, we are ready for his return. We saw that in the various illustrations and parables that ways to make decent money online jesus gives spanning 24:36 all the way through 25:13, this theme is consistently portrayed.

Iii. Obviously some venture is implied where the money is used ways to make decent money online as seed money to make more. It is invested in one way or another – the exact way is unimportant in jesus’ parable. We just need to understand that he used the money. He spent the money. It takes money to make money – nothing ventured is nothing gained. This slave understood that the only way to make money ways to make decent money online was to spend it wisely.

G. [slide 8-9] 20-21 – the one who had received the five talents came and ways to make decent money online brought five more, saying, ‘sir, you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ his master answered, ‘well done, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful in a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.’

5. Enter into the joy of your master. What does this mean? Without pressing too much into the parable here – I think it is well within reason to assume that ways to make decent money online the master is elevating the slave to a status that ways to make decent money online is like his own. He is offering him a hand up to know and ways to make decent money online experience the fullness of what it means to be like ways to make decent money online his master, and inherit all the responsibilities and privileges that go with ways to make decent money online it.

I. [slide 12] passage truth: so what is jesus teaching his disciples and matthew to ways to make decent money online the jews? Jesus teaches what the kingdom of heaven is like. It is a place that divides. There will be a day of reckoning and on that ways to make decent money online day those who were faithful to god will be rewarded. Those who used the resources given by god for god, will be given charge of more, and will enter into divine joy.

K. [slide 13] broader biblical truth: so broadening this out to a whole bible perspective, we understand that god’s kingdom is here and is coming. That one day the son of man will return. And those who are found using what he has given ways to make decent money online them to further his kingdom will be richly rewarded. We are promised that we will reign with christ. We are also invited to enter into the joy of ways to make decent money online the master – the eternal fulfilling of finally being in the presence of ways to make decent money online our god and king. Forever.

Ii. So the slave’s reasoning is this… unless I take great risk in losing most or all ways to make decent money online of what my master has invested, there is no possible way for me to achieve what ways to make decent money online my master expects for a return. So I will play it safe and not invest the ways to make decent money online money. I won’t squander it – I’ll return every penny because I know he’ll be counting– but I won’t risk losing it either.

Iii. There is no story equivalent to the additional punishment for ways to make decent money online the slave. Jesus does not correlate this to a parable fitting component ways to make decent money online – he simply says to cast the slave into outer darkness ways to make decent money online where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. Again, this is another way of describing the second death, the lake of fire, the enduring and permanent wrath of god.

H. [slide 20] broader biblical truth: so for us the whole bible truth is that on ways to make decent money online that day, when the son of man returns, those who are slaves, those in the visible church, but those who have not used what god gave them ways to make decent money online for his glory, will be shown to have a twisted perception of the ways to make decent money online master. Their true disposition toward christ and god will be revealed. All that they have kept secret will be uncovered. The talent will be dug up and the interest non-existent. On that day those pretenders will be cast out of ways to make decent money online the master’s presence into eternal death. Not because they did not believe in him. Not because they did not attend his church. But because they did not know him, and did not seek to use what he had given ways to make decent money online them for his glory.

Friends you were not saved to sit. If you have been baptized in the spirit, you have been given gifts to use. If you have been made a disciple you were made ways to make decent money online a disciple so that you would make disciples. You were not saved to put in an hour in ways to make decent money online church every week, read your bible and pray, comfortably waiting for the bus to take you to heaven. You were saved to serve. To empty yourself. To lose your life for his sake.

For by grace you are being saved (perfect tense in greek indicating a completed action with continuing ways to make decent money online results) through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of god; it is not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are his workmanship, having been created in christ jesus for good works that ways to make decent money online god prepared beforehand so that we may do them.

But a right relationship, a right disposition toward god produces risk, it produces reckless abandon, it produces absolute surrender. The kind of surrender that concludes to live is christ ways to make decent money online and to die is gain. The kind of abandon that counts it joy when persecuted ways to make decent money online for his name. The kind of risk that faithfully goes when others cower ways to make decent money online in fear. Why? Because where else shall we go? What other cause is greater? Those who’s eyes have truly been opened, could not imagine it being any other way.

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