The Missing Piece

The anticipation of future glories is one way to get through current difficulties. This sermon encourages that anticipation in spite of a lack of current difficulties.

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The Missing Piece

Matthew 25:1-30

1.0 General points

1.1 Look for the __________ point. Step back and look at the whole parable.

1.2 In general, don’t use _________________ Exegesis vs eisegesis.

1.3 Cannot use details of the parables to prove or disprove ___________________

1.4 __________ study vs _______________ study

1.5 Context

1.5.1 _____________________ Context – understanding the culture in which the text was written.

1.5.2 ____________________ Context. Matthew 24-25

2.0 Parable of the Bridesmaids

2.1 The kingdom of God

Jesus first message – “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15).
It was central to the message that Jesus and disciples preached- about the coming reign of God.
He commanded his disciples: Matt 10:7 – “As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near’”
This would also be the mission of the Church – Matt 24:14 – “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come”
Preaching of early missionaries – Acts 8.12; 14.21; 19.8; 20.25; 28.23; 28.31.

What does Jesus say about the Kingdom of God?
The kingdom of god is something in the ____________ – it is still to come. “Your kingdom come” (Matt. 6:10).
But it is already _______________ – “The kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21). Paradoxically, even though it has already arrived, it is still to come.

The coming and manifestation of the reign of God is seen with an overcoming of the reign of evil. Wherever Jesus overcomes evil, there the reign of God comes. It is seen especially in his healings and exorcisms (Luke 11:20; Matt. 12:28).

The character of the Kingdom/Reign of God is enabled by the _________ _________.
Rom. 14:17 “For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”

What is the relationship of the church and the Kingdom of God?

The church is __________________ the overarching boundaries of the Kingdom of God.
What is the Kingdom of God?

A. It is a _________ that one receives. Luke 12:32, Luke 6:20, Mark 10:14
Or as something to be __________________ – Matthew 25:34, James 2.5, Matthew 5:5, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, 15:50, Galatians 5:20, Ephesians 5:5.

B. It is a ______________ that one enters. Thus one is described as being _______ the Kingdom
Matt. 5:19; 25:21,23; 7:21; Col. 1:13; 2 Pet. 1:11

The Kingdom of God, then, is a _________ and a ____________________.

It is possible to reject that gift and to spurn that welcome, thus rejecting the reign of God. Guder, ed., Missional Church, 93-97.

2.2 The Eternal Perspective – Eagerness.
It is more an issue of intelligence than morality.

The result of an eternal perspective is _______________. “they that look for Him” (Heb 9:28), and “love His appearing” (2 Ti 4:8)

2.3 Delay – Patience. 25:5
They slumbered and slept.

The focus of this parable is the lack of __________________ of the foolish ones.

___________ ____________ Shows love for the Lord and trust in his power.

While we are waiting in Eager patience for the fulfillment of the ___________ of God, we need to be _______________.

3.0 Parable of the Servants

Bridesmaids Servants
Waiting Working
Inward Spiritual Life External Activity
Wisdom Faithfulness

The order of the parables are important – external activity should only flow from a strong spiritual life.

3.1 The Responsibility
First – the context in which the text is _____________ – historical, literary, etc
Second – the context in which the text is ______________.

Responsibility – includes all the _______________ that we have been given.
The responsibilities were given and then the master leaves on the journey, leaving the servants in charge.
Not one believer is able to do the entire work of evangelism. But when every one does his/her responsibility, then the entire work can be done.
Different types of spiritual gifts, natural abilities, resources – are all to be used for evangelism.

3.2 The Response
25:16 first two servants: immediately put the resources to use.

The phrase “You have what is yours” was used in Jewish transactions to say, “I am not responsible for this any further.”

It is better to use the resources and risk its misuse, than never to use it at all.

3.3 The Reward
Reward vs judgment.
Judgment is for the _______________. Rom 8:1.
Rewards are for the ________________. 1 Cor 3.

22-23 Second servant – same language.

It is better to have one responsibility and be faithful than to have two and be unfaithful.

In His mercy, God chooses to carry out His perfect purposes through imperfect people and then proceeds, inexplicably, to reward them for it.

Sample outline: Literary Context
 The coming of Jesus Christ in relation to the Jews – 24: 4–44
 The Beginning of sorrows – 24: 4 –14
 The Great Tribulation – 24:15-28
 The Coming of the Lord – 24:29-31
 Parables – 24: 32-44
 The fig tree – 24: 32-35
 The days of Noah – 24: 36-41
 Thief in the night – 24: 42-44
 The coming of Jesus Christ in relation to the church – 24:45- 25:30
 Parable of the servants – 24: 45-51
 Parable of the virgins – 25: 1-13
 Parable of the talents – 25: 14 –30
 The coming of Jesus Christ in relation to the Nations
 Parable of the sheep and goats (the coming judgment) – 25:31-46

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