Parables of the Kingdom
Jesus' parables chiefly relate to the
Kingdom. Some of them show how the Jews failed to become heirs of the
Kingdom, and how the Gentiles came in for a share. Others show the Kingdom
class suffering violence during this Age as a part of their preparation
for the Kingdom glories. "The Kingdom of Heaven [class] suffereth
violence." The violent have dominated it by force for centuries.
The parable of the King's Son shows that the Jews had
the first opportunity for joint-heirship with Messiah in His Kingdom. Then
the Gentiles received the invitation. And these, not many wise or learned,
have for eighteen centuries been prepared for Messiah's Kingdom. "Do
ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?"--1 Corinthians
In the parable the "Wedding Garment"
represents a faith relationship with God through Christ's merit. The one
who discarded it was cast out of the Bridal Company. This prefigures the
fate of all who reject the efficacy of the sacrifice of Christ in
atonement for their sins. They will be forced out of the light of Present
Truth--into the "outer darkness" of the world. By and by they
will realize their loss of the Kingdom with chagrin--weeping and gnashing
The Pearl of Great Price illustrates the Kingdom's
priceless value--it is worth its cost--our all.
The Wheat-field parable of the Kingdom represents the
Church during this Age. The wheat, almost choked out by tares of error,
yet finally ripened and gathered into the Heavenly garner, will be the Sun
of Righteousness to usher in the New Day of Messiah's Kingdom.--Matthew
The parable of the Talents represents how each
consecrated disciple of Jesus is a steward of his own talents, and that
according to his faithfulness will be his share in the Kingdom.
Faithfulness in using the few talents of the present will bring great
opportunities for blessing the world in the next Age. "I will make
thee ruler over many things."--Matthew 25:21.
Parable of the Talents