July 23, 2006 – July 29, 2006 – In the parable of the talents, what had the individuals done which led their Lord to speak such words of commendation? Matthew 25:20, 22.
Throughout the parable of the sower [Luke 8:5–8], Christ represents the different results of the sowing as depending upon the soil. In every case the sower and the seed are the same. Thus He teaches that if the word of God fails of accomplishing its work in our hearts and lives, the reason is to be found in ourselves.
There is a need for God’s people to understand the relationship of the investigative judgment and the wedding banquet. Many people are aware of the warning given in Malachi 3:1–3 regarding the work of the purification of God’s people and the removal of sin, but there is a deeper meaning, which needs to be understood.