Many Are Called, But Few Are Chosen (Part Eight)
Martin G. Collins
Sermon; #1490; 64 minutes
Martin Collins, reflecting on the Parable of the Tares (Matthew 13), maintains that the field where the wheat and darnel comingles is the Church rather than the world, where tares already grow in abundance. The command that the darnel be permitted to remain until the harvest indicates that tares will be perennially in the Church until Christ's return. Christ warned of savage wolves impersonating sheep and infiltrating the church, drawing disciples to themselves (Matthew 7:15). Even as Satan masquerades as an angel of light, his ministers initially look righteous, but they preach destructive heresies which corrode and confuse. We should not expect brethren to be perfect; we all sin. God has not given His People the prerogative to judge another member as a tare. We all harbor latent sins for which another member could accuse us of being a tare. The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard highlights people's penchant for comparing themselves with others—an unwise practice (II Corinthians 10:12). Happiness is not getting what we want but appreciating what we have. We dare not emulate the pride of the Jewish nation, unwilling to share the privilege of being chosen with the Gentiles, or the bitterness of the older brother in the Parable of the Prodigal Son, unwilling to rejoice about his younger brother's repentance. God cares for people more than for things; He does not love people for what they can do for Him.
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