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|NASB||Matthew 25:30 "Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.|
|Matthew 25:30 "And throw out the worthless servant into the outer darkness; in that place [of grief and torment] there will be weeping [over sorrow and pain] and grinding of teeth [over distress and anger].|
Bible Note: Seeing myself cast out.
I know I am a Christian; I can be confident in what Christ has done for me. Still, reading these parables in Matthew is chilling. Too often, I behave like those who are cast out.
There is the tension between being saved by faith, and having the vitality of faith to take daily risks for the Lord. "Faith without works is dead..."
Searcher - your response seems to say that, if we are believers, we have little to fear from these parables. I don't think our salvation-security should shield us from the point Jesus is clearly making: be vigilent, and serve, or else....
It is also interesting to ponder how Jesus' first hearers might have heard these parables -- without the theology of Paul and the knowledge of the cross.
It is also interesting to look at Matthew 7:22 -- where people who believe enough to call Jesus Lord are still rejected for their lawlessness. We might dismiss their apeal to the "Lord" as ingenuine --- but then, perhaps we are being smug.
Do we dismiss Christ's parables, saying "these warnings don't apply to Christians like me"?