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The Parables #58

The Parable of the two sons – Part 8  

(Matthew 21:28-32)

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The eternal rewards (Continued)

We have been looking at the joys we received and enjoy while working for the Lord and also those that awaits us in heaven. God pays double wages! Please quickly consider:

THE HELP WE RECEIVE BY MEDITATING UPON THE HOPE OF A HEAVENLY AND ETERNAL REWARD

IN OUR AFFLICTIONS: “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,” 2 Cor 4:17.

IN OUR SUFFERING: “But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy,” 1 Peter 4:13.

IN OUR FAINTING: “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,” Jude 1:24.
Amongst the every last words the Saviour uttered to His Church, we find these: “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be,” Revelation 22:12.

Heaven is a glorious land of in which we will spend eternity ENJOYING the rewards of labouring for the Saviour in His Vineyard!
“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 Cor 15:58. What a glorious reward awaits the faithful labourers! “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,” Matthew 25:34.

We will return to the main text of the parable next assembly and consider the responses of the two sons and how, though they appear very different, they are the same at the first!

The Parables #57

The Parable of the two sons – Part 7  

(Matthew 21:28-32)

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SERVING GOD IS NOT A WEARISOME THING (Continued)

God’s vineyard is a place of rich reward and there is an immediate enjoyment of those rewards. There is none of us but delight in the taste of the grape. What a rich harvest it brings forth.
“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost,” Romans 14:17.
“And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.” Acts 13:52.
“And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.” Acts 13:52.

But there is not only joy NOW for those who faithfully serve the Lord but there is a great treasure waiting for us in heaven.
“But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal,” Matthew 6:20.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,” 1 Peter 1:3-4.
“And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away,” 1 Peter 5:4.

The parables #56

The Parable of the two sons – Part 6  

Scripture: Matthew 21:28-32

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SERVING GOD IS NOT A WEARISOME THING (Continued)

We continue to examine this word “REST” which the Saviour uses to describe what those who serve Him enjoy.

Rest is found in bearing Christ’s yoke. He is there alongside us. “For we are labourers together with God,” 1 Corinthians 3:9.

Consider also:
God’s vineyard is a place of rich reward.
“The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it,” Pro 10:22. “He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory,” 1 Samuel 2:8.

There is:

IMMEDIATE REWARDS HERE ON EARTH. John 15:11; 16:20, 22; Acts 8:8, 13:52, 15:3; 1 Peter 1:8. “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost,” Romans 14:17.

The Parables #55

The Parable of the two sons – Part 5

Matthew 21:28-32

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Having looked at the truth that God’s vineyard is a place of work and labour, we come now to the truth that:

SERVING GOD IS NOT A WEARISOME THING!

1. God’s vineyard is a place of joy.“Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased,” Psalm 4:7.

“And gladness is taken away, and joy out of the plentiful field; and in the vineyards there shall be no singing, neither shall there be shouting: the treaders shall tread out no wine in their presses; I have made their vintage shouting to cease,” Isaiah 16:10. Both these verses link joy with labour in the vineyard.

Service for Christ is a blessed thing! Oh! what a kind and gentle Master the Saviour is!
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light,” Matthew 11:28-30.

Rest = ‘ease’, Luke 12:19; ‘refreshed’, 1 Cor 16:18, 2 Cor 7:13.

It is like heavenly rest, “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them,” Revelation 14:13.

The Parables #54

The Parable of the two sons – Part 4. Matthew 21:28-32.

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IV. WHAT IT WAS THE FATHER WISHED HIS SONS TO DO (Continued).

“Son, go work to day in my vineyard,” Matthew 21:28.

We continue where we left off on Tuesday past. We considered how that a vineyard is special place, specially chosen for its richness of soil, sunshine and sheltered.
Now let us continue to consider:

1. God’s vineyard is His Church and it is there we are called to work. “Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill,” Isa 5:1.  “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman,” John 15:1.

As Adam was placed in a garden to till it so Christians have the keeping of God’ vineyard. “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it,” Genesis 2:15. Man was meant to work. Idleness leads to sin. This is an age when men are paid to be idle. Here is danger. “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters,” Ezekiel 16:49.
Labourers are needed. “Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest,” Luke 10:2.

Help rendered to God’s elect is counted as an act of love toward Christ. Matt 25:34-40. “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,” Matthew 25:40.

“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ,” Gal 6:2. Every kindness to a fellow Christian is an act of love toward the Saviour.

2. It is a place of much labour. From the beginning of the year until the harvest, the vineyard is a place of labour.

It is a full-time work. God has much work for men to do.  To serve in the garden and to watch over it. There is employment for all, no matter what your talents and abilities are.
It is not so in this world. Many can find no work for they are not qualified.

3. We are privileged to labour amongst a glorious workforce. First of God is a fellow-labourer. “For we are labourers together with God,” 1 Corinthians 3:9. As well as that we may count the most wonderful human beings who ever lived as companions. From Adam, Abel, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, David, the great prophets, the apostles, the Reformers, the great revivalists etc. All our counted as our fellows!