Anyone who has not


In The Gospel of Luke, Chapter 19 Verse 26 states:
but anyone who has not will be deprived of what he has.
Please explain.


This is a parable of the kingdom of God. It shares some similarities with the parable of the talents, found elsewhere, but here, Luke is trying to show us something about Jesus’ impending inauguration of the kingdom.

Luke shows us three ‘classes’ of people:
[list]*]those who actively rail against Jesus and his ministry: things go really, really bad for them.
*]those who receive Jesus’ message and cooperate with it and do good works: things go really, really well for them!
*]those who receive Jesus’ message and do absolutely nothing with it.[/list]

It’s this third group that you’re talking about. For those who receive Jesus and accept His message, and have the opportunity to do great things with the graces He gives, but who choose not to do anything… well, all we need to do is look at the parable of the goats and the sheep to see what will happen to them at the Final Judgment: what they’ve been given will be taken away from them, and they will not have a place in the kingdom of God.

What’s “been given” is grace, and the opportunity to use it as a participation in the kingdom. What will be “taken away” is that share in the kingdom, if people don’t use the gifts they’ve been given in order to build up the kingdom…


…Salvation is at the cutting edge of God’s Mercy… those who receive Grace/“talent” and refuse to allow God to work through them will lose Salvation even though they may consider themselves well along the way (‘I do not kill, etc., so I’m a “good” person…’); note that God does not require that all must produce 100%; God’s only requirement is that we become productive!

Maran atha!



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