For My Sake
This teaching follows on from the previous one1 that showed
what to do for the Lord, and is directed at those pilgrims who have removed
themselves from their comfort zones and are progressing on the narrow path
towards the Celestial City.
Here's the verse that started it, that came from the still small voice
of the Holy Spirit:
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you,
and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you
falsely, for my sake.
This blessing is only for those moving on the path, who are doers for our
Master, who use the talents that they have been privileged to receive.
The number of talents received are dependant on our ability; and degree
of love, which results in the degree of obedience to God our Creator.
When Lord Jesus comes in His glory, those talents which have been gladly
used become gifts or blessings and are increased in number by a joyful
Remember, we receive an additional talent or reward for every one that
we carry and use while in these temporary bodies - and if we carry five
we receive a bonus one extra, that originally given to the wicked and slothful
servant. A total of eleven. . . . . for at least a thousand years.
Take therefore the talent from him, and give it
unto him which hath ten talents. For
unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but
from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be
weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Some of these talents are of a worldly nature:
When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and
all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his
glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate
them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the
goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the
left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed
of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation
of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty,
and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye
clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came
unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we
thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee
drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked,
and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came
unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto
you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these
my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Some are spiritual:
And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the
devil prayed him that he might be with him. Howbeit Jesus suffered him
not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends,
and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had
compassion on thee.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present
your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is
your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is
that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through
the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of
himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according
as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many
members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being
many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having
then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether
prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth,
on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let
him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that
sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without dissimulation.
Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly
affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one
another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them
which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice,
and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another.
Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise
in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things
honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in
you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves,
but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is
mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed
him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals
of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Some talents are given by a loving Master after the time of rebirth;
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even
as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking
by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can
say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. Now there are diversities
of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations,
but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the
same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit
is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit
the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by
the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy;
to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues;
to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one
and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
(1 Corinthians 12:1-11)
Some we have to ask for along the way and some come as a result of obedience,
We should all know what the beginning of wisdom2 is.
The disciples of Jesus gained wisdom by being with Him:
And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able
to hear it. But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when
they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.
We have the Holy Spirit who Jesus promised would come.
Ask for it, but first make sure that you are going to use it legally:
And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be
put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick?
For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any
thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. If any man have ears
to hear, let him hear. And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with
what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and
unto you that hear shall more be given.
For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him
shall be taken even that which he hath.
The greatest of all talents to cultivate is charity3. Please
page back and read Matthew 25:31-40 once again.
But. . . . . the main reason we have developed the spiritual power and
therefore received the blessing is out of love for our Master who undid
Adam's sin on our behalf - the Son of God.
Totally opposite to the heart of selfish, worldly man.
The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined
from thy law.
Finally, the following would seem to confirm that those same talents which
we have gone out of our way to acquire and use, and for which we have suffered
for His sake in this evil world, become blessings of magnificence in our
resurrection bodies where all things are changed.
Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of
God: I speak this to your shame. But some man will say, How
are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? Thou fool,
that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: And that which
thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it
may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: But God giveth it a
body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. All flesh
is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh
of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another
of birds. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial:
but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the
terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and
another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one
star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the
resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness;
it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual
body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it
is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was
made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is
spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is
the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also
that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also
that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall
also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh
and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit
incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but
we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the
last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible,
and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption,
and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible
shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality,
then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed
up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is
thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin
is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast,
unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know
that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
(1 Corinthians 15:34-58)
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept
the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness,
which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not
to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
(2 Timothy 4:7-8)
Here, dear brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ is the reality of
what we can expect, the blessing of wearing the yoke of Christ Jesus:
And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren,
or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my
name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting
Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in
the law of the LORD. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies,
and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity:
they walk in his ways.
When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were
like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our
tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done
great things for them. The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof
we are glad. Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south.
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth,
bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing
his sheaves with him.
Because thou hast kept the word of
my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall
come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
1 The Life of Service.
2 The Spirit of Wisdom.