"Come out of her My people" - Jesus Christ
THE PARABLE OF THE UNJUST SERVANT
|Was Ellen White and other false prophets right when they said that GOD will revoke his pardon and the punish forgiven sins of those who do not perfect their character? Did Jesus die just to give us probation? What does this parable really teach? Let's investigate!
What question did Peter ask Jesus in Matthew 18:21? Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
Peter had just heard Jesus instruct his disciples to forgive the trespasses of those who repent (Mat. 18:15). Here Peter most assuredly thought he was showing ‘great mercy’ when he asked the Lord if forgiving a person seven times was enough.
But what did the Lord answer Peter? (VS 22) Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
Jesus showed Peter that ‘his mercy’ was very much short, 70 times shorter than it ought to be.
Jesus shared with Peter a parable that explained the needfulness of showing mercy and forgiving your brethren.
Matthew 18: 23-35 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
Clearly and with very strong words Jesus showed the necessity of forgiving and showing mercy toward our brethren.
What did Jesus instruct us to do when we pray? Mark 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
If we do not forgive, will God forgive us? Matthew 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
The Christian must have a merciful heart, he must show compassion; for he represents the Lord to the world, who is merciful and full of compassion. If we do not forgive and show mercy, God will withhold mercy from us. And this is what the parable of Matthew 18 tells us.
Now there are two false doctrines based upon this parable.
One is the Roman Catholic Doctrine of purgatory (that is those who die unperfected will suffer in the fires of hell until they are perfected), the other is the ‘conditional pardon’; that is when God forgives a person, he has the right to un-forgive them and punish them for the pardoned debt if they do not meet his requirements. But let us see what the parable really teaches.
WHAT DOES THE PARABLE TRULY TEACH?
#1. The King represents GOD and the debtor represents man who has a sin debt he cannot pay. The 10,000 talents are equal to 26 million dollars today.
What are the wages of sin? Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
#2. God forgives the sins debt simply because of his mercy and kindness.
Numbers 14:19 Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.
Psalms 86:5 For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
#3. The forgiven servant represents the Christian.
1 John 2:12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.
#4. God expects his forgiven servants to also be merciful.
Luke 6:36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
#5. Those who are not merciful and kind, sin against their Master, and acquire a type of debt.
1 Corinthians 8:12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
#6. God is angry when we turn from his will and sin against our brothers.
1 Kings 11:9 And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice,
James 5:9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold the judge standeth before the door.
#7. God judges the Christians who sin and will punish the sin with torments.
To understand this better we must read the parable of Matthew 5; What is this parable about?
Matthew 5: 23-24 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
Again, this parable is about being reconciled to our brethren, forgiving those who sin against us, and asking for forgiveness of those we sin against.
If we are not reconciled to our brother, what could happen to us? Matthew 5:25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.
This is the same as the parable of Matthew 18, in Matthew 18:31 the fellow servants reported the conduct of the unmerciful servant to the King; here, it is the brother who has ought against us. We report these things simply with prayer. Here again the judge represents GOD, he judges the individual and delivers him to the officer, which is the same as the tormentor in Matthew 18. He is being punished for the same reason as the unmerciful servant in 18 also, that is for not having mercy and compassion on the brethren.
How long is the person punished? Matthew 5:26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
Again as in Matthew 18 the person is punished for a time, it is temporary; until his debt is paid.
When God judges a Christian that has stepped out of his will as these two men did (Matthew 5, 18); what does he do to them?
1 Corinthians 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
When God chastens us, is he angry with us?
Psalms 38:1 <<A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance.>> O LORD, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.
Does GOD still love us, even though he is chastens us? Hebrews 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
God will sometimes let Satan afflict and torment us to humble our flesh, so we can walk meekly in the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
2nd Samuel 7:14-15 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.
The following are three presumptions people make concerning the parable of Matthew 18.
#1. The forgiven servant backslides and is lost.
When In truth, he has wondered from the will of God. To say that as soon as one leaves the will of God and sins that he is lost is not biblical. For instance Peter showed respect of persons, and disassembled; which caused him to be rebuked by Paul (Galatians 2:11). No one will say that Peter became a lost man at that time. Every Christian will sin and come short of the glory of God; if the Lord forsook every one of his erring children, he’d dwell inside none of us. Thankfully he chastens everyone who wonders.
Hebrews 12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
#2. The debt he must pay in the presence of the tormentors is the forgiven debt.
The bible teaches overwhelmingly that when one repents his sins are blotted out and they will not be mentioned to him again. A person cannot be punished for pardoned sins; those who say such have no idea what pardon means. Here in this life, no just man would exact payment for a forgiven debt, and man is not more just than GOD. As we have seen the debt that is paid is that which was acquired by his unmerciful-ness to his brother.
Isaiah 44:22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.
Jeremiah 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
#3. That the forgiven servant is cast into hell fire.
This teaching lends its self to a form of purgatory, for the debtor is punished only for a season with torments; until the Master says it is enough. The lost will be punished with the second death which is eternal. They will not be punished with torments for a season then set free as this servant was. As we have seen the servant that leaves the will of GOD and is judged by God, will be chastised with rod of God, so that they will not be condemned with the world.
"Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell" (Proverbs 23:13-14).