Summary: 6 of 8. Thru this parable, Jesus highlighted/clarified a proper approach to an God-ordained privilege. How should America approach her God-ordained privilege? Approach your (American)privilege with...
PROPERLY APPROACHING PRIVILEGE-VI—Matthew 21:33-46
A CHRISTIAN APPROACH To (American)PRIVILEGE
Christians, like many Americans, can center their Privilege & Pride upon illegitimate sources.
Thru this parable, Jesus highlighted/clarified a proper approach to a God-ordained privilege.
There is a Proper(Christian) Approach to Privilege.
What is a Proper/Christian Approach to Privilege?
How should Christians approach their God-ordained privilege?
9 approaches to American privilege.
We have previously discovered that we must
Approach our privilege with...
7—Approach your privilege with...
A PARTICULAR & PERTINENT PRODUCT(:43)
:43—“Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you & given to a nation bearing the fruits of it.”
I almost chose the word ‘production’ or ‘productivity’ rather than ‘product.’ Because I was afraid some of you might equate ‘production’ or ‘productivity’ with merely ‘being busy’, which it is not! The ‘Product’ of ‘production’ is fruitfulness by God & for God, thru Christ Jesus!
“Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you...”
Jesus pointedly told them that true to the application of the above parable, “the kingdom of God” would be taken from them[the current spiritual leadership/Representative of the state of the Nation of Israel].
The Kingdom of God is always an offer!...It can be refused or accepted.
Though they saw themselves as God’s children, they very effectively denied it.
2Tim. 3:1-5—“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
None of those attributes are born of God or godliness. They are born of flesh. That is why we are instructed to turn away from them!
They denied their potential as God’s children, by preferring their own directives & direction, over those of God. They were disobedient to God’s directives & direction though they had the appearance of obedience in the outward manifestation of their religion.
“Therefore”—dia touto—=‘Through this’
“Say”(See :41, 45; :38—epw)—legw—Verb—1) To say, to speak—1a) Affirm over, maintain, 1b) To teach, 1c) To exhort, advise, to command, direct, 1d) To point out with words, intend, mean, mean to say, 1e) To call by name, to call, name, 1f) To speak out, speak of, mention. Strong—a primary verb; properly--To "lay" forth, i.e. figuratively--Relate (in words [usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas epw & fhmi generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while rew is properly, to break silence merely, & lalew means an extended or random harangue]); by implication--To mean.