Laborers in the Vineyard

Author: Rev. Esther Holmes
May 10, 2018

Think about it!    Matt 20:1-16
There is no part of the Christian life that is without it’s dangers.  Satan left Jesus alone only for a season, not permanently.  He was still attacking Him on the cross through people and their words.  John 8:30-32  If you continue (don’t get sidetracked).  They were off to a good start but must continue on to be totally free.
Some take this parable and preach about the 11th hour giving people a false view of hope in last minute salvation.  Remember – only one thief got saved at Calvary.  One saved so some wouldn’t despair but one saved so that some wouldn’t presume.
The truth in this parable – for the King of Heaven (this parable is addressed to Peter because of what he asked in chapter 19:27).
The doctrine here is – It’s grace from beginning to end.
This parable is to warn those who go into the race early.  They started out correctly but look at their attitude later – both towards themselves and the work!  Their eyes are on themselves and the work they are doing – not on Jesus.  Notice – they kept an accurate account of exactly how much they did.  Notice – God reveals there awful attitude they have forgotten the principle of grace.  Notice – they expected to receive more than the new ones.  (self righteous) Notice – how logical they were (Rom 8:6-7) Notice – they began to murmur – we haven’t been treated fairly.  Phil 2:14-16.  Notice – a contempt for others, a jealousy. Be careful – the devil comes and rejoices when he makes you think God has treated you unfairly.
The cure – to understand the principle of the Kingdom of God.  The Kingdom of God is not like any other kingdom.  If any man be in Christ he is a new creature, old things are passed away.  The foundation is new – our thinking must be different.  Do not think in terms of bargains and rights!
We must realize that we have no right to anything at all.  We are bought with a price!  Don’t be a bookkeeper – don’t let your left hand know what the right hand does.  The Pharisees made a show of prayers, etc – and Christ said verily they have their reward.
Phil 2:3-8