Tuesday, October 2, 2012

How many "faithful slaves"?

When Jesus asked Peter who the faithful steward was, Jesus did not have one man in mind. Even Peter asked, "Are you speaking to US, or to ALL?", showing that Peter was not thinking in terms of a single identity either (Luke 12:37,41; Mark13:37,36). Jesus' reply also, left the traits of faithful wisdom within the grasp of anyone, through whom he might choose to give the household "the proper food at the proper time" (Luke12:42). The apostles were charged with feeding Christ's sheep (John21:17). The inspection of each called/invited one, happens during their own lifetime. Each Called One has a place in the body of Christ
(1Cor.12:12; Rom.12:4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,17,18,28,29; Eph.4:16),
and is to contribute to it's sustenance and spiritual health
(Prov.4:4,6,13,22; John5:24; 2Tim.1:13; Rom.6:17),
or to fail in that assignment (2Tim.4:3; 1Tim.4:1; Rev.16:13,14,15).
To abandon the body is to leave the Headship of Christ (1Cor.12:21,25; Col.2:19).
It must be remembered, that the body of Christ needs to be sustained by means of it's "parts", whenever those parts are present on earth. The parts of that body are generated by Holy Spirit, and that Spirit generation does not pass away (Luke21:32; Matt.28:20 B). It exists from the time of Christ, until all things that were prophesied, occur. In the meantime, it needs to be "fed" spiritually by the faithful members of God's Temple priesthood (Mal.2:7), the body of Christ.

Yet we know the book of Revelation speaks of the last of the "seed"...the final faithful who come through the end-time Great Tribulation. These experience some unique circumstances and challenges. So do those who are called to feed God's household at that time of testing. Just as Revelation speaks to this group belonging to his body, so does Jesus....
"Happy is that slave if his Master, UPON ARRIVING, finds him doing so. He will appoint THAT slave over all his belongings" (Luke12:35,37,40; Matt.24:46,47).
This reward is not just for one man either. It is for all the faithful wise virgins (Matt.25:1,2)...144000 are so appointed. All chosen ones are expected to be faithful and wise, and feed one another to the building up of the body under Christ (Eph.4:11,12). You may also have noticed (Luke12:37; Matt.25:10; Rev.3:20; 1:1) that Jesus provides MORE spiritual food to the faithful, AFTER he arrives.
That final banquet, is the marriage feast.

We learn so much from these words of Christ. But I would point you to the fact that a steward would be present, when Christ ARRIVES (which he has not yet done 1Cor.11:26). Another fact, is that when that slave is found faithful upon Christ's return, he will be appointed over ALL the Master's belongings in the Kingdom of God, which also has not yet occurred (Psalm2:8,9).
MANY slaves will be brought into account, when the master arrives (Matt.25:19). ALL will have to account for what work they did, with what Truth they were given (Matt.25:21,23; 28:19,20; 12:36,37; 1Pet.4:10). All these slaves make a contribution to the provisions (1Cor.12:21; 10:17; Eph.4:11,12).
Although chosen as an apostle, Paul said that we can not "belong" to any faithful slave (1Cor.1:12,13; Gal.1:10; 1Cor.7:23), but all should belong to Christ (1Cor.3:21,22,23), as Truth is revealed by Christ through many members of his body (John15:4,5). Even the angel who conveyed pure truth to John, called himself a "fellow slave" (Rev.19:10; 22:9). Truth does not begin and end with any one man, except the Christ (Eph.4:5; John14:6).
One fact backed by many scriptures, is that the living waters of truth would increase as the Kingdom drew near (Dan.12:4,9,10; Rev.22:10,1). Ezekiel relates that this water would increase as the Temple was neared completion (Eze.47:1-12; Rev.22:2; Zech.4:11,14; Rev.11:4). That Temple (1Cor.3:16; Eph.2:22; 1Pet.2:5) did not receive it's capstone with Russell, but is still under construction (Zech.4:7).

The time of the end is not yet finished (Matt.24:6,14; 1Cor.15:24). Jesus told us that the anointed generation would be present until the end, and until all things "occur"/are accomplished (Matt.24:34). All the events in Revelation have not yet completed, though they are underway.
Jesus' anointed slaves are still under command to feed his sheep...to have their lamps burning (Matt.5:14,16; Luke12:35,37). The light within those lamps will grow brighter as the end draws nearer, until the Truth is firmly established with the Kingdom's arrival (Prov.4:18; 1Cor.13:10,12; 2Pet.1:19; Rom.13:11,12).

As the Truth is revealed through the final witnesses (Rev.11:3,4; Zech.4:2,3,4,9,11,12,13,14), it will not be according to the powerful portents and misleading inspired utterances that are rife at the end (1Tim.4:1; Rev.16:13; 12:15), and which saturate the religious world under Satan (Rev.2:9,13). It will trumpet a very different, unexpected message from what everyone previously believes (Rev.12:9; 16:13,14,15; 1Cor.3:12,13; Matt.7:24; 2Pet.3:11,12,13).
Any faithful anointed who have proclaimed their partial truth, have made a contribution to the construction of the Temple and the Truth which flows from it. But if there were nothing new which needed to be declared just before the end of this world, the two witnesses who are dressed in repentance, would not need to be commissioned by Christ (Rev.11:3,4; Mark9:4,11,12,1; Mark10:40) (Rev.11:7; 13:7; 6:9,10,11; Luke17:35,36,37).

All 144000 need to be sealed as faithful slaves of God.
Rev7:3; 14:1; 1Cor.4:1,2



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