TWO MEN TALKING
Jesus you have preached on the Kingdom of God, but I am not clear on it, would
you explain it.
The Kingdom of God can come in to your hearts. But you need to turn away from
your self centerness and self control and turn your life over to God’s control.
Those who do, will achieve true happiness.
Hope and joy to those who give up their pride and personal independence and
submit themselves to God, yield to his authority and will, commit their life to
him and his control, and be willing to allow him to love them.
Hope and Joy to you who are hungry now; you will be filled.
Hope and Joy to those who mourn or are sad, God will comfort them!
Hope and Joy to you who weep in sincere sorrow for your earthly ways, you will
Hope and Joy to those who give up self control; they will receive what God has
promised; love, healing, and peace with God.
Hope and Joy to those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires and give
up pursuing personal needs; God will satisfy them fully.
Hope and Joy to those who’s life is controlled by love and are merciful to
others; God will be merciful to them.
Hope and Joy to those who work for peace; God will call them his children!
Hope and Joy to you when people insult you and persecute you and tell all kinds
of evil lies against you because you are my followers. It will take your eyes
off earthly rewards and it will strip away weak belief. It strengthens the
faith of those who endure. Be happy and glad, leap for joy for a great reward
is kept for you in heaven. This is how the followers who lived before you were
Hope and Joy to those who are persecuted because they do what God requires; the
Kingdom of God belongs to them!
But how terrible for you who are rich now, You have had your easy life!
Do not store up riches for yourselves here on earth. Sell all your belongings
and give the money to the poor. Instead, store up riches for yourself in heaven
where they will never decrease because no challenge can get to them. For your
heart will always be where your riches are. For whatever you store up, you will
spend much of your time and energy thinking about it.
How terrible for you who are full now; you will go hungry.
How terrible for you who laugh now; you will mourn and weep.
No one can life fully in both Earth’s and God’s Kingdom; they will hate one and
love the other; they will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot
serve both God and money. Your desire for money and what it can buy will
possess you and will outweigh your commitment to God and spiritual matters.
How do we get in?
I tell you the truth, no on can see the Kingdom of God unless he is born again.
The Kingdom of God is like a man (me) who sowed good seed (Sons of God)in his
field (the world). But while everyone was sleeping his enemy (the devil) sowed
weeds (sons of the evil one) among the wheat and went away. When the wheat
sprouted and formed heads (fruit of their faith), then the weeds also appeared.
The owner’s servants came to him and said; `Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in
your field? Where then did the weeds come from?
`And enemy did this,’ He said. The servants asked him, `Do you want us to go
and pull them up?’ `No,’ he answered, `because while you are pulling the weeds
you may root up the wheat with them. Let booth grow together until the harvest
(end of the age). At that time, I will tell the harvesters (angels): First
collect the weeds (everything that causes sin and all who do evil) and tie them
in bundles to be burned into the fiery furnace (where there will be weeping and
ganshing of teeth); then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn. (Then the
righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father). He who has
ears, let him hear.
This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground.
Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though
he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain-first the stalk,
then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe
he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.
The kingdom is so small, will it grow and produce results?
The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed which a man took and planted in
his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seed, yet when it grows, it is
the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree; to that the birds of the air
come and perch in its branches.
Will it impact the world?
The Kingdom of God is like yeast that a women took and mixed into a large amount
of flour until it worked all through the dough.
How important should it be to us?
The Kingdom of God is like this. A man happens to find a treasure hidden in a
field. He covers it up again, and is so happy that he goes and sells everything
he has and then goes back and buys that field.
Also, the Kingdom of God is like this. A man is looking for fine pearls, and
when he finds one that is unusually fine, he goes and sells everything he has,
and buys that pearl.
Who will be in it?
Also, the Kingdom of God is like this. Soome fishermen threw their net out in
the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When the net was full, they pulled it to
shore and sit down to divide the fish. The good ones go into the buckets, the
worthless ones are thrown away. It will be like this at the end of the age: the
angels will go out and gather up the evil people from among the good and will
throw them into the fiery furnace where they will cry and gnash their teeth.
Will we receive any rewards in the Kingdom.
For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning
to hire men to work in his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the
day and sent them into his vineyard.
About the third hour he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace
doing nothing. He told them, `You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will
pay you whatever is right.’ So they went.
He went out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour and did the same
thing. About the eleventh hour he went out and found still others standing
around. He asked them, `
Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’ He said to them,
`You also go and work in my vineyard.’
When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, `Call the
workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going
on to the first.
The workers who were hired about the eleventh hour came and each received a
denarius. So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive
more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When they received it,
they began to grumble against the landowner. `These m,en who were hired last
worked only one hour,’ they said, `and you have made them equal to us who have
borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’
But he answered one of them, `Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn’t you
agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who
was hired last thee same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I
want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ So the last
will be first, and the first will be last.
Do we need to work in the kingdom?
Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and
entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to
another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability.
Then he went on his journey. The man who had received the five talents went at
once and put his money to work and gained five more. So also, the one with the
two talents gained two more. But the man who had received the one talent went
off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts
with them. The man who had received the five talents brought the five talents
brought the other five; `Master,’ he said, `you entrusted me with five talents.
See, I have gained five more.’
His master replied, `Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been
faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and
share your master’s happiness!’
The man with the two talents also came. `Master,’ he said, `you entrusted me
with two talents; see, I have gained two more.’ His master replied, `Well done,
good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put
you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!
Then the man who had received the one talent came. `Master,’ he said, `I knew
that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where
you have not scattered sed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in
the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
His master replied, `You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where
I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you
should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I
would have received it back with interest.
Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For
everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever
does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that
worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and
gnashing of teeth.’
I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who
has nothing, even what he has will be taken away. But those enemies of mine who
did not want me to be king over them-bring them here and kill them in front of
Will the rich be in the Kingdom?
I assure you: it will be very hard for rich people, to enter the Kingdom of God.
I repeat; it is much harder for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God than
for a camel to go through the eye of a needle.
So don’t be all upset, always concerned: Where will my food come from? or my
drink? or my clothes? (These are the things that those who do not believe in God
are always concerned about.) Your Father in heaven knows that you need all
these things. Instead, be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of
God and what he requires of you, control of every area of your life: your work,
play, plans, relationships, and he will provide you with all these needs (not
your desires). So do not worry about tomorrow; it will have enough worries of
its own. There is no need to add to the troubles each day brings.
Will you be giving us a place in your kingdom?
Who then is the faithful and wise manager, who the master puts in charge of his
servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? It will be good
for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. I tell you the
truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose the
servant says to himself. My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he
then begins to beat the menservants and maidservants and to eat and drink an get
drunk. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect
him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him
a place with the unbelievers.
That servant who knows his master’s will and does not get ready or does not do
what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not
know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From,
everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who
has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
How should we act in this Kingdom?
The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority
over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that.
Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who
rules like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table
or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at thee table? But I am among
you as one who serves. You are those who have stood by me in my trials. And I
confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may
eat and drink at my table in my kingdom.