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Kindergarten III

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In both the parables of the talents and the minas, both kingdoms, the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God, suffer from the same problem – the lazy and wicked servants, each of whom did not use the talents and the minas to return to the master that which he expected – a return on his money.  In Matthew 25:27, the master said,Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.”  And in Luke 19:23, the king said, “Why then didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?”  This is to show that certain principles are identical in both the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God.  Indeed, there are overlaps, except that the Kingdom of God exceeds that of the Kingdom of Heaven in power. 

Has it also occurred to you that it is strange that the Lord used the banking system to illustrate the minimum that those servants could have at least done to ensure the master had some sort of return, when it is also the Lord who said we cannot serve both mammon and God?  The reason for this is of course the Lord also did say, “For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.  I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.”  The reason for the Lord to use the illustration in placing the money (talent/mina) where there was no return to the master, which was one of the unacceptable things that the servant did – placing it in the ground and wrapping it up, then placing the talent/mina in an area where there was no return – no return to the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God.

If faith is the talent and power is the mina, then be very aware where you have placed your faith and what you are using your power to do and achieve from now on.  In Matthew 6:33, Jesus said, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  In Luke 12:31, Jesus said, “But seek His kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.”  Both verses sound the same, but see the difference.  Although the Lord did not specify Kingdom of Heaven or Kingdom of God, it is obvious and is meant to be obvious to you now, that in Matthew 6:33, He was speaking of the Kingdom of Heaven, for it is the Kingdom and His righteousness – a righteousness that Paul wrote about: For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last… whereas the Kingdom of God has no righteousness, for it is not the Kingdom of Faith but the Kingdom of Power and therefore of works and deeds.  That is also why Jesus said, “Then all the churches will know that I am He who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.”  It is not just by your faith you are saved and healed, as He said to those who called out to Him and touched Him.  That is the Kingdom of Heaven, where by your faith you receive salvation and healing.  But in the Kingdom of God, it is by your deeds that which you have done with the power given to you that you shall be rewarded by.  Place your faith and your power in the wrong place and purpose, then you have buried your talents and wrapped up your minas.

So let’s have some very basic redefinition concerning your talents and your minas.  This is where you must learn and I hope have learnt to separate between what is common and what is holy.  To Aaron and his sons the priests, God said, You must distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean…”  You must know to distinguish between clean and unclean, that which is sin and that which is not sin.  However, the ability to distinguish between the holy and the common is different.  Each time in Matthew and Luke, Jesus said that whatever the pagans run after will be given to those who seek first His Kingdom and righteousness.  It was His way of teaching us to distinguish between holy and common.  That which the servants received from their master is holy – separate and belonged to the master.  Those who gained the talents gave them all back to the master and those who gain the minas gave them all back to the master.  Neither group of servants used the minas and talents to feed themselves, clothe themselves, enrich themselves or house themselves.

The need to have a job, house, clothes to wear and food to eat are needs common to all men.  They are common things and as such, the holy things of the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God are not meant to be employed for such purposes.  It is best not to use faith or power to acquire work, house, clothes and food.  Otherwise, we have placed the holy things to common purpose.  And this is something you and I must learn to do even though we have been using our faith and power, which God has given us to achieve for the common things.  The next phase of your development is to practise not using the faith and power for common things, but begin to devout the faith and power that you have received and everything else you have received for holy things – the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God things.  It is our job now to ensure that our talents and minas are not buried in the common things of the world, but to bring them out so that in the short time left, we can at least return to the Lord some interest – interest in His plans and purposes and what He is thinking, not what you are planning or thinking.

I am sure that both groups of servants did a stock take of what they had as the time of the arrival of the master was near.  So likewise, it is time for a stock take of what you have received:

  1. By the grace of God, you received the forgiveness of sins through faith in Jesus Christ.  That grace is not, as Paul said, to be used as a license for sin.  However, have you noticed that although God said, “Thou shalt not kill,” in His Ten Commandments, yet He commended Phinehas for his zeal when he ran a spear through the Israelite and the Moabite woman, saying, Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, has turned My anger away from the Israelites; for he was as zealous as I am for My honour among them, so that in My zeal I did not put an end to them.”  He also ordered Saul to put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys when He took vengeance on the Amalekites.  It is as if the Lord gave a command and then commanded Israel to break the commandment.  If you do not yet understand common and holy, you will never understand.  Thou shalt not kill for common purposes, like a murderer or for your personal gain, like Hitler or Stalin.  The commandments of God are for your life to live.  However, because He is God, He can override His own commands, so that for the purposes of God, WHEN ORDERED BY GOD PERSONALLY or when like Phinehas, in your zeal you break the command, the grace of God may be sufficient to cover you.  You must understand this:  Phinehas killed without a direct command from God and as such, he could still have been held guilty.  However, God’s grace through Jesus Christ is that Jesus had paid for the price of Phinehas’ sin, David’s sin, even the slaughter of the first born of Egypt and the children of the Amalekites once and for all.  That is why there can be no other sacrifice for sin needed or accepted and Jesus is the only W/way.  So, we do not use God’s grace for common purposes, but for God’s separate purpose – for God’s agenda only – His holy purpose.
  2. Through the faith of your salvation, you have each been given a measure of faith – faith to receive whatever you say in prayer if you do not doubt.  And you have been permitted to use this faith for common purposes – to believe for a job, house, etc., that you may learn to use faith correctly for holy purposes.  You do not have to be a Christian to pray and believe for a job, house or anything that pagans also need, but only a Christian, a disciple of Christ, may use their faith to believe that they can do the things that Jesus has done and greater things than that shall they do.  As Jesus asked, “Where is your faith?” likewise church, where have you placed your faith?  Yes, your faith is in Jesus, so you are saved, but where is it?  Is it in the ground or wrapped up like the talent/mina or is it invested in the areas that give our Master a return that pleases Him?  Time to ensure your faith is placed in the things that only a son of God can believe for, only a disciple of Christ can believe for and only a king of the King of kings can believe for.  Place your faith in holy things, not common things.
  3. Through the grace and salvation that came by faith, you have received eternal life.  Now, again, what are you using that eternal life for?  If you are using it to live a moral life, then you are using it for a common purpose for even pagans can live a moral life.  The eternal life is given that you may come to know the Father and the Son.  The use of your eternal life for any other purpose is to bury and wrap it up, and you will be rebuked.  The time you now have is part of your eternal life and as such, the 168 hours of the week, you can spend some for common things, things that any pagan can do or you can spend more and more of it in pursuit of coming to know the Lord more.  You can read a magazine or you can read the Bible.  You can go shopping in Westfield or you can go shopping in God’s harvest fields.  Your choice.  But I urge you, seek the holy things, not the common things.
  4. And in order to help you to fulfill that eternal life, you have received the Holy Spirit and all His gifts.  He is the Spirit given to you that you may truly come to know God the Father and Son, for He will bring glory to Me by taking from what is Mine and making it known to you.”  It is through the Holy Spirit that each and every man/woman receives their ministry after they are chosen and called by God.  No minister, no one, can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit, and no one can speak on behalf of Jesus in any format unless they confess, “Jesus is Lord,” be they the Pope or a common preacher.  However, are you using the Holy Spirit to bring glory to you or are you using the Holy Spirit and His gifts to bring glory to Jesus?  Any pagan can use a spirit to bring glory to themselves.  They do not need the Holy Spirit.  So anyone using the gifts of the Holy Spirit to glorify themselves has used the Holy Spirit for a common purpose.  It is when you use the Holy Spirit and His gifts to glorify Jesus that you have used them for a holy purpose. 

Using the talents and the minas for what they were meant for, to make more money, was what the master and king wanted their servants to do.  That was the holy purpose for which they were given.  They were not given to be buried or wrapped up.  Anyone can do that… that was the common purpose.

So now, you and I must learn to separate holy from common and then from amongst the holy, the holy of holies.  That is why you are the elect of the Holy Spirit, elected by Him from amongst the called and chosen.  Aaron and his sons had to separate the common from holy.  You must learn to separate common-holy from holy-holy to holy-holy-holy.  That is your work.  If you have been using God’s grace, faith, life and Spirit for common things like believing for a good job and a classical Christian life, repent even though you have not known better.  For now, you and I must be holy… holy to the plans and purposes of the Holy Spirit as He seeks to bring glory and honour to Jesus through us, by teaching us how to bring glory and honour to Jesus.

If the Kingdom of Israel is a holy nation, then how much holier are the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God?

Take stock of all that you have received and begin to bring them out of the common purposes into the holy purposes.

The people on the plain of Shinar said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”  That group of people achieved something as I have said before, something no one has ever done before or ever since.  They brought God out of the heavens to check out what they were doing, for God said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.  Come, let Us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”  If you read the full verse in the King James Version, Amplified, New American Standard Bible and New International Version, it is:  “…nothing they plan, purpose or have imagined will be impossible for them.”

The perfect unity I have taught you in the Gospel of the Glory is to bring about a unity greater than just one language, but a unity of one love, as the Father loves the Son, so the Son has loved us, so we are to love one another.  As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you.  Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

It is our holy work to use the talents AND the minas that has been given us for the holy purpose of God, the holy plans of God and the holy imaginations of God, to bring to pass that which the Father, Son and Holy Spirit have only dreamt of and beyond.

It is time to be truly holy as He is holy.  Amen.



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