Prayer Service in Malang, September 28, 2010 (Tuesday Evening)
Matthew 25:14-30 is about the parable of the talents.
The talent is the holy Heaven's property, that is the ministry.
We were sinful but now we can minister God only because of His mercy and justice.
Matthew 25:16-30 is about attitude to talents.
The positive attitude was shown by the servant receiving five talents and the servant receiving two talents, such that they were called as good and faithful servants. As a result, there is wage for present life up to the eternal one.
The negative attitude was shown by the servant receiving one talent, such that he was called as wicked and lazy servant, and received judgment from God.
Matthew 25:16-30 is also about GOD'S ATTITUDE TO TALENTS.
25:19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
God's attitude to talents is God wants the growth of talents.
At the beginning, God gave 5+2+1 = 8 talents.
It reminds us to 8 people in the ark of Noah who were saved from the floodwaters. This refers to bride salvation.
The growth of talent is 5+2 = 7 talents.
This refers to bride perfection.
So, God wants the growth from bride salvation to bride perfection.
Good and faithful servant has the growth from bride salvation to bride perfection to be ready to welcome God's second coming.
19:16 And while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife's hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the LORD being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city.
19:17 So it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he said, "Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed."
Lot was saved from Sodom and Gomorrah (bride salvation), but he still had to run to the Mountain of New Jerusalem (bride perfection).
19:24. Then the LORD rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the LORD out of the heavens.
19:25 So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.
19:26 But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
Lot's wife was saved, but she looked back such that she became a pillar of salt.
If we do not reach the perfection, we will become a pillar of salt, such that it means nothing.
Looking back = being affected by Sodom and Gomorrah, being affected by the world.
Lot = the servants receiving five and two talents, who grow to perfection.
Lot's wife = the servant receiving one talent.
25:18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord's money.
25:24 "Then he who had received the one talent came and said, 'Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed.
25:25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.'
25:30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
The servant receiving one talent hid his talent in the ground (world). It means that he is affected by the world with its entire bustle, its difficulties, its impurity, its sorrow, its pleasure, such that he becomes unfaithful until leaves the ministry, and becomes a pillar of unsalted and useless salt.
Unsalted salt = wicked and lazy servant = being useless.
Unsalted salt cannot prevent the decay. It means that this life is affected by the sin viruses and sin worms, living in decays. The consequence is being cast out into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, that is the hell with worms which will not dead but keep on gnawing.
The way out is being SALTY SALT.
9:47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire--
9:48 where ' Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.'
9:49 "For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt.
9:50 Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another."
During the spiritual growth from bride salvation to bride perfection, we have to keep on being salty salt.
Salty salt is a life which is always salted by the fire of Holy Spirit, or always lives in the anointing of Holy Spirit, the fulfillment of Holy Spirit, up to overflowing in Holy Spirit.
The requirements of a life which is always salted by the fire of Holy Spirit are as follows: