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The Lord Jesus spoke many things in parables, some things seem very harsh. For instance in Matt 24 He said that the evil servant will be cut in two. I was meditating on this passage this morning. Here it is.

Mat 24:36  “Concerning that day and exact hour, no one knows when it will arrive, not even the angels of heaven—only the Father knows.
Mat 24:37  For it will be exactly like it was in the days of Noah when the Son of Man appears.

Mat 24:38  Before the flood, people lived their lives eating, drinking, marrying, and having children.
Mat 24:39  They didn’t realize the end was near until Noah entered the ark, and then suddenly, the flood came and took them all away in judgment. It will happen the same way when the Son of Man appears. 
Mat 24:40  At that time, two men will be working on the farm; one will be taken away in judgment, the other left.
Mat 24:41  Two women will be grinding grain; one will be taken away in judgment, the other left.

I happen to believe in the goodness of God and that His Mercy endures forever, that His mercy triumphs over judgement. God’s heart is to save sinners….to restore people to their God ordained image as a Child of God.

From the beginning, when Adam rejected being the image and likeness of God in his weak human form and instead desired to be like the glorious shining angel appearing to his wife Eve, we humans have lived in a delusional lie. This delusion is that we are a self separated from God, responsible to try to be good, like God. This is true of all humans….but for Christians it should not be their truth. But ridding the Christian of the ‘mind set on the flesh’ is not an instant thing in practice.

Our whole self image and identity has been formed as we grew up by fears and lies we have been subjected to.

When we come to Jesus we are instantly set free from the Flesh–which is the false image we hold to be our true self. It has been crucified with Christ Jesus. Through faith we declare that all things are made new. We have a new heart filled full with God….the old man is gone— into an empty tomb—and all our falling short has been placed upon Jesus our scapegoat who is constantly carrying them all away into the wilderness.

We are just like God. Now. Just the way we are. Jesus inside our heart makes us totally acceptable to Father. Totally. There is nothing to improve upon. All is complete inside Jesus.

But until we accept these things as our own personal truth we continue to try to live out from two minds.

We imagine that we are born again and have a new heart—BUT that we also have to constantly be on guard against the flesh—for at any moment the old man will revive and take us over back into sin. We are locked in this endless battle of fighting ourselves, trying very hard to be like Jesus, failing and crying about it, condemning ourselves and then trying again. We think this is the normal Christian life. But what I described is Romans 7 …..there is a Romans 8 for us to come to and to stay in. Praise His name!!

There is now therefore NO CONDEMNATION for those who are inside of Christ Jesus!! NONE!

Back to the verse in question

When the Lord Jesus appears –which is at any moment- in every age….for He is always present otherwise how can He be God? When Jesus appears He comes to set us free from this false self thing. The false self –the old man– that we are still IMAGINING OURSELVES TO BE….He comes to take that man away from us.

Mat 24:40  At that time, two men will be working on the farm; one will be taken away in judgment, the other left.
Mat 24:41  Two women will be grinding grain; one will be taken away in judgment, the other left

He takes away the old that the new may be established.

The old man shall not ever inherit the promises of God. Only the New man inherits and that new man is Christ in you and Christ as you.

He comes to set you free from the stumbling blocks placed in your understanding by theologians who still preach death and old covenant theology at you. The Cross did NOTHING to set you free according to these teachers of the Law. You must still battle yourself and not trust yourself for you are a sinner saved by grace. The idea that God has totally dealt with your flesh  is not believed.

Mat 24:45  “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season?

Good question Jesus. Who is a faithful reliable and wise servant?

Rev 7:13  Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?” 
Rev 7:14  And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

A faithful and wise servant is one who knows the depths of their own inability and weakness and stupidity. They have come to accept fully that OF MINE OWN SELF I CAN DO NOTHING just as Jesus knew this of Himself. But they are not putting themselves down by this knowledge, rather it has liberated them to know Jesus as their all in all. Their wisdom, their ability, their strength when they are weak(all the time).

Thus the Evil servant is the one who thinks he has what it takes to obey the Lord. He calls himself pastor and teacher, maybe prophet or apostle. An Evil eye is a divided eye and so I believe the evil servant here is divided within himself–he is twin souled, double minded, trying to live for God in his own strength and failing, pretending to be God’s man for the hour.

Jesus says He will cut him in two.

Brian Simmons who translated the Passion Translation says of this verse

Most likely hyperbole. The Greek word dichotomeō could also mean that God “will separate him from himself” (soul and body).

God will separate the wheat from the chaff….the tares from the true in us finally setting us free from the false imaginings  that we still have this wicked heart in us—when all along God has already removed it. Such a belief causes us to live a life of pretending, for we imagine we always fail to measure up…for we are identifying with the old man , the flesh. But the flesh has been crucified with Christ. Now our flesh is the very flesh of Jesus Christ!

There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when we discover that all our lives we lived in a made up self image trying to be…and it was found out to be a sham. But then rejoicing shall come as we let go of that old way of seeing our self and embrace Jesus Christ as our one and only life….our source of all goodness and wisdom and knowledge and love.

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