If these verses below are NOT true, the verses about salvation are not true either. The verses in this paper show some of the HARSHER side of Christ that we may not be familiar with. The other side is just as extreme toward gentleness and forgiveness, etc.

Mat 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

Mat 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

The word “many” in both verses is Strong’s #4183 meaning, “much in any respect, many, largely, abundant … ”

The word “few” is Strong’s #3641 meaning, “puny (in extent, degree, number, duration or value)…” Webster’s Dictionary defines “puny” as “inferior in strength, size or importance.”

Mat 25:24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strewed:

The word “hard” is Strong’s # 4642 meaning, “dry, i.e., hard or tough, (fig. harsh, severe); ­fierce, hard.

Zodhiates’ Lexical Aids to the New Testament says of this word #4642, “related to touch, applied to that which, due to lack of moisture is hard and dry …”

Luke 19:20 And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:

Luke 19:21 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou laidst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.

Luke 19:22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:

The word “austere” is Strong’s #840 meaning, “blown rough, as a gale, i.e. (fig.) severe, ­austere.”

These words define part of the attitude and personality of Christ that we are judged with.  Let us look deeper.

DO YOU KNOW the Christ that restores people’s sanity by casting out demons?

Luke 4:32  And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.

Luke 4:33  And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice,

Luke 4:34  Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God.

Luke 4:35  And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not.

Luke 8:27  And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and wore no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs.

Luke 8:31  And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.

Luke 8:32  And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them.

Luke 8:33  Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked.

Luke 8:34  When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country.

Luke 8:35  Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.

Mat 17:15  Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.

Mat 17:16  And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.

Mat 17:17  Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.

Mat 17:18  And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.

The word “cured” in verse 18 is Strong’s #2323 meaning “to wait upon menially, (fig) to adore God. (spec.) to relieve (of disease):- cure, heal, worship.”  Zodhiates’ Lexical Aids to the New Testament says the primary meaning of this word is “to heal miraculously…”

DO YOU KNOW the Christ that gives His true disciples power and authority over all demons?

Luke 9:1  Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.

Luke 9:2  And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
Luke 10:17  And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.

Luke 10:19  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

In Luke 9:1, the word “disciple” is Strong’s #3101 which means “a learner, (i.e. pupil)- disciple.”  We are ALL learners or pupils.  This word covers far more than just the original Twelve.  The word “power” is #1411 meaning “force (lit. or fig.): spec. miraculous power. (usually by impl. A miracle itself…”  The word “authority,” #1849, means “in the sense of ability: privilege, i.e. (subj.) force, capacity, competency, freedom…”  What are these two verses saying?  Christ’s disciples, pupil, or learnerswill have power over all demons and to heal people.  In verse 2 this is part of preaching the gospel.  Healing the sick is part of preaching the gospel.

In Luke 10:17-19 notice verse 17.  There were 70 disciples, not just the 12.  In verse 19 the first word “power “ is #1849 which was translated “authority” in Luke 9.  Review the definition above.  The second word “power” is #1411 which was translated as “power” in Luke 9.  Review that definition above.  In these two passages, Christ describes the people who will preach the Kingdom of Heaven.  DO YOU KNOW this Christ who can make statements like these and back them up?  Is your church and your minister teaching this?  If not, they do not know the Real Christ.  To be a part of the end time work we have to know the Real Christ.  If we do not know Him, then we are playing church.

DO YOU KNOW the Christ who demands that you have control of how your tithe money is spent?  Bet that causes some of you ministers and church leaders to raise an eyebrow.

The question is are you going to serve and obey your Creator the way HE demands, or are you going to continue in your sinning ways.  Look at these verses seriously.

Mat 25:14  For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

Mat 25:15  And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

Mat 25:16  Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.

Mat 25:17  And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.

Mat 25:18  But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.

Mat 25:19  After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.

Mat 25:20  And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.

Mat 25:21  His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Mat 25:22  He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.

Mat 25:23  His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Mat 25:24  Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strewed:

Mat 25:25  And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

Mat 25:26  His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strewed:

Mat 25:27  Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

Mat 25:28  Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

Mat 25:29  For unto everyone that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

Mat 25:30  And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

What are the “goods”?  It is obvious in the parable that it is money.   The word “talents” is Strong’s #5007 meaning “a balance (as supporting weights) i.e. (by impl) a certain weight (and thence a coin or rather sum of money)…” Did Christ give you a bag of money when you were called?  No, He gave you knowledge of tithing.  The word “traded” in verse 16 is #2038 meaning to “toil (as a task, occupation, etc.), (by impl.) effect, be engaged in or with…”  We all know what this means in everyday life.  You are engaged in you every day job or occupation whatever it may be, farming, building, office work, etc.  You work at you occupation to make a living.  What are verses 15-17 saying?  It is very clear that the men with the five and two talents worked hard, put a lot of effort into doing God’s work.  We know that God’s tithe is to be used to further God’s work.  These two men toiled; they were engaged in doing God’s work.  If they had given their tithe money to some church to spend for them with none of their own input as to how and what the money was spent for, these two men could not have been engaged or toiling in doing God’s work.  THEY TOOK DOING GOD’S WORK PERSONALLY.  That is the way it should be.

For about 30 years, I stood in defiance of God’s word, not knowingly in defiance, yet all these years I simply wrote a check, put it in the mail and other people spent my tithe money for me.  IN ADDITION, it turned out that many of these other people were CORRUPT.  Now look at what happens on Judgment Day in verses 20-23.  See what these two men said, “I HAVE GAINED five or two talents more.”  If these two servants had not had input into how their tithe money was spent or they spent it themselves, they could not have said that.  The Father and Christ in their great wisdom know it is far better for every individual to have input as to how their money is spent.  It leads to corruption to GIVE your money to someone else to spend for you.  Letting someone else spend your tithe money is okay IF you tell them what you want it spent on and you DOUBLE CHECK to see that it was spent correctly.  In this way, God knows everyone can have direct involvement as to how the work is done.

In Luke 19:12-24 we have similar instructions from our Creators.

Luke 19:12  He said therefore, A certain noble man went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

Luke 19:13  And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

Luke 19:14  But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.

Luke 19:15  And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.

Luke 19:16  Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.

Luke 19:17  And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.

Luke 19:18  And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.

Luke 19:19  And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.

Luke 19:20  And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:

Luke 19:21  For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou laidst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.

Luke 19:22  And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:

Luke 19:23  Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?

Luke 19:24  And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.

The word “occupy” in verse 13 is #4231 meaning “to busy oneself with, i.e., to trade…”  Here again Christ gives his servants (Christians) his money, his tithes to busy oneself with.  God’s tithe has to be used to further God’s work.  In our case, preaching the Gospel to the world as a witness.  The pound and talents are both sums of money. Even today, the currency of Great Britain is called POUNDS.  These next verses seem to imply that this is a group or church effort.

Acts 11:22  Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch.

Acts 15:22  Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas: namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren:

Acts 17:14  And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timothy abode there still.

In Acts 11:22 and 17:14, the phrase “sent forth” and “sent away” is Strong’s #1821 meaning to send away forth, i.e. (on a mission) to dispatch…”  In Acts 15:22 the word send is #3992.  The primary meaning is “to dispatch…”  How clear can this be?  If you send or dispatch someone to do a job or mission, you give them the tools, money, or whatever is necessary to do the job. In the verses about the church notice that the BRETHREN sent or dispatched these people on their mission.  THE CHURCH, this includes everyone, supplied what ever was needed for the ones sent to accomplish their mission.  This way, everyone had input into how their tithe money was spent.  Everyone was involved in how the work was done.

DO YOU KNOW this Christ that requires you to be involved personally in the work?  In many of these instances there would have been discussion.  In Acts 15:22 it PLEASED the average church member to have input to how their tithe money is spent.

In Green’s Greek to English Interlinear, verse 22 is translated “then it seemed to the apostles and the elders with all the church, chosen men of them to send…”

If you as a minister or church leader just expect the church to pray and pay, you are standing in defiance of God’s word and He will call you into account.  We must get to know what our Savior demands of us.  If your church is a hierarchical system a church that excludes the input of the church members, then you are in big trouble with the Big Boss if you do not repent.  Jesus Christ not only expects the church to pay and pray, but in addition, members MUST PARTICIPATE.  If you as a minister LORD IT OVER THE FLOCK and do not allow them their GOD GIVEN RIGHTS, YOU HAD BETTER REPENT.

If you are a member of such a church or organization that will not allow you to have input to how your tithe money is spent, then YOU SHOULD LEAVE THAT ORGANIZATION and find a group who will let you do God’s will.  The church that does the end time work will be patterned after the New Testament Church. Notice carefully that we will imitate what happened before which were prototypes.

1Co 10:11  Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

“Examples” is Strong’s #5179: “a die (as struck), i.e. (by impl.) a stamp or scar; by anal. a shape, i.e. statue, (fig.) style or resemblance; spec. a sampler (“type”), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning).”

Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament says about this word #5179: “type, as a constituent element of a parable or model of some reality which was yet to appear, a prototype of that which was yet to be developed and evolved.”

“Admonition” is Strong’s #3559: “calling attention to, i.e. (by impl.) mild rebuke or warning.”

“World” is Strong’s #165: “prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):—age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the , while the) world (began, without end).”

DO YOU KNOW this Christ?  Look at God’s message to the Pergamos Church in Revelation 2:15-16 and also the message to the Ephesus Church in Revelation 2:6.

Rev 2:15  So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.

Rev 2:16  Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

Rev 2:6  But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.

The word “hate” and “hatest” is Strong’s #3404 and the primary meaning is “to detest…”  Why does God and Christ HATE the deeds and doctrines of the Nicolaitaines?  What ARE these “deeds” and “doctrines?”

The word “Nicolaitans” is Strong’s #3531 which came from 3532.  #3531 means “Nicolaite, i.e. adherent of Nicolaiis.”  #3532 comes from 3534 and 2992.  #3532 means “victorious over the people…”  Strong’s # 3534 means “a conquest, (concr.) i.e. (by impl.) triumph:- victory.”  #2992 means “a people…”

Read this quote from Unger’s Bible Handbook.    “Some take this symbolism, however, as indicating the origin of clericalism (nikao, “conquer,” and laos, “people”) making them a group that early favored a clerical system which later developed into the papal hierarchy.”

Why does God HATE the deeds of the Nicolaitans, the clergy over the lay members, the ministry LORDING IT OVER THE CHURCH MEMBERS?   Just from reading the information about tithing should make it clear.  Christ and the Father demand that the tithe producer have input to how the tithe is spent.  You ministers and leaders in these hierarchical groups had better beware of how you trample on the God-given rights of the members.  Jesus Christ will make you pay a price in the future.  All church members should have input to local ordinations, disfellowships, outreach programs and other church functions.  God has not given anyone authority to ram those kind of decisions down the throat of the congregation.

Look at Acts 14:23.

Act 14:23  And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

The word “ordained” is #5500, “(to stretch); to be a hand-reacher or voter (by raising the hand), i.e. (gen) to select or appoint:- choose, ordain.”  DO YOU KNOW the Christ that demands that ALL the church members have input into how the church operates?  God will not have a man standing between Him and His servants.  Hierarchists make decisions for the members that the members should make themselves.  Do you Hierarchists think that Philippians 2:12 has no meaning?

Phi 2:12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

The verse above does not say work out your own salvation with your local minister.  You ministers should teach what the Bible really says and then let the members work in out.  I am not saying there is no place for personal counseling.  There is a place for it under the proper conditions.  We all need to get to know and apply the rules that God has set down for us to go by.  Rev.20:12 does apply to you.  This is how we are judged: by what is written in the books and what we do with it.

Rev 20:12  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.


Hebrews 13:7  Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

Heb 13:17  Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

Heb 13:24  Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.

“That or which have rule” is Strong’s #2233 meaning “to lead, i.e. command (with official authority)…”  Zodhiates’ Lexical Aids to the New Testament says of #2233, “to bring, lead.  It primarily signifies to lead on or forward, to be chief or principal participant…”  Green’s Greek to English Interlinear Bible translates “rule” in verse 7 as “leaders.” In verses 17 and 24, “rule” is translated as “leading.”  Berry’s Greek to English Interlinear New Testament translates the word “rule” in all three verses as “leaders.”

There is a lot of difference between a LEADER and a RULER.  What are they leading us in?  They are leading us in God’s true word.  Look at verse 7.  “Spoken” is #2980 meaning “to talk, i.e. utter words;- preach…”

These are the teachers that God inspires to lead us in GOD’S TRUTH, THE BIBLE.  These teachers do not RULE OVER US in the sense of a king or president.  They lead us to repent.  It is very plain in verse 7 that these people are teachers or preachers. THESE PEOPLE DO NOT RULE OVER YOU.  They may have more knowledge about a given Bible subject than we have.  That is the only rule a preacher has over us.  If they have the knowledge, that means God granted it to them.  Verse 17 says the same thing.  We are to obey them who lead (rule) us in spiritual matters.  Why?  “They watch for our souls.”  That has to do with spiritual matters.  Notice also in verse 17 that all spiritual teachers, leaders, preachers have to give an account of how well they did their job.

James 3:1  My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

“Masters” is Strong’s #1320 meaning “an instructor (gen or spec); -doctor, master, teacher.”  Zodhiates says the primary meaning of #1320 is “a teacher…”  The word “greater” is #3187 primarily meaning “larger…”  God holds the ministers and teachers to a higher standard of judgment.

In Hebrews 13:24 above the word “salute” simply means to greet our spiritual leaders.  Greet them by a handshake, hug or whatever the custom is in your country or society. Philippians 2:12 still applies.  We work out our own salvation with assistance from our leaders if we need it.

Phi 2:12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

DO YOU KNOW the Christ that says the Kingdom has to be taken by force?  That is what the next two verses say.

Mat 11:12  And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

Luke 16:16  The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.

The word “violence” and “presseth” is Strong’s #971 and means “to force, to crowd oneself into, to be seized.”  The word “violent is # 973 meaning “a forcer…”   What does this mean?  It simply means what is says, that you have to TAKE OR SEIZE THE KINGDOM BY FORCE.  It means you have to crowd or force your way into the Kingdom.  That gives these verses new meaning.  Study these next ones closely as well.

1Peter 4:18  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

Mat 22:14  For many are called, but few are chosen.

Mat 20:16  So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

Review the definitions of “many” and “few” on page 1.  The word “scarcely” is Strong’s #3433 meaning “with difficulty;-hardly, scarce(-ly), + with much work.”

Some of you may be thinking of this verse. Luke 12:32  Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Nothing has changed here.  It is the Father’s good pleasure to give us the Kingdom.  We have just become aware of a new condition.  Notice in verse 32, the word “little” is #3398 meaning “small in size, quantity, or number…”  Doesn’t that fit perfectly with the three verses above where “many are called and FEW ARE CHOSEN?”  DO YOU KNOW this Jesus Christ that insists that you have to take the Kingdom by force?  We will not slide into the Kingdom on someone else’s coattails.  We individually have to take it.  Are you willing?

From whom or what are we supposed to take the Kingdom?  We have to take it from Satan and his demons.

2Timothy 2:24  And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

These verses show that humans are taken captive by Satan AT HIS WILL.  We have to be taught the truth about how to recover ourselves.  This takes repentance and effort to acknowledge the truth that will allow us to escape Satan’s captivity.  DO YOU KNOW the Christ that allows you to be taken prisoner of war by Satan?  DO YOU KNOW the Christ that orders you to force your way into the Kingdom by forcing you to escape Satan’s jail?  DO YOU KNOW this Christ, or is this a NEW Christ to you?

Ephesians 6:10  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11  Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Eph 6:13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Eph 6:16  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

These verses give us insight into what we are up against.  You need to understand clearly that we are fighting an enemy that we cannot see.  We are fighting against humans that are being USED by demons.  We are fighting POWERFUL SPRIT BEINGS USING HUMANS to further their own agenda.  Verses 13-17 show us what our weapons are.  We have to become skilled in using the sword of the spirit.  This is a fight of minds, human minds with the Holy Spirit against all the evil minds of Satan and his demons.  You will have to be close to God to be able to win this battle.

Do you know the Christ described in this article?

Published January, 2011

© Edgar Y. Bennett
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