In part 1 of this three (3) part series, we saw that the extra oil the five wise virgins had represented an excess measure of the Holy Spirit.
It was observed from analyzing the parable that without an excess measure of the Holy Spirit in these last days we will not be ready for the second coming of Jesus, and inadvertently hear the dreadful words “I know you not”.
How do we get this EXTRA OIL? How do we get an excess portion of the Holy Spirit within us?
Let’s continue to find out.
Immediately after the parable of the Ten Virgins comes the parable of the Talents.
Reference – Matthew 25:14–30
Parable of the Talents Explained
A man is going to travel to a faraway country. But before he goes away he calls his servants and gives them his belongings (talents referred to Bags of Gold in the NIV translation). There are three servants.
Servant 1 gets 5 Talents
Servant 2 gets 2 Talents
Servant 3 gets 1 Talent
Each servant receives talents based off their ability to manage them. This means that Servant 3 was given 1 talent because his Master saw that he had the ability to manage only 1 at the time he was given it.
Servant 1 – invests the five talents entrusted to him and that investment doubles to ten talents.
Servant 2 – invests the two talents entrusted to him and that investment doubles to four talents.
Servant 3 – on the other hand did nothing with what was entrusted to him. He held unto to the treasure and hid it.
After a long time journeying the master returns and asks for a report from his servants. Matthew 25:19
Servant 1 gives his report saying, “Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more”.
The master then answers, “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”.
Servant 2 gives his report and tells his master that he invested what was entrusted to him and it doubled. The master answers the same as he answered to the first servant.
Now Servant 3 gives his report. He comes up with an excuse for not investing or using wisely what was entrusted to him. He then tells his master that he hid the money.
The master responds saying that he is “wicked and slothful”.
He then orders that the talent be taken from him and given to Servant 1. He then gives the reason for doing that. Judgement is then passed upon this servant in verse 30 and he is cast into outer darkness.
A lot right? I know. Let’s continue.
The Parable Analyzed
Jesus begins with the phrase “The kingdom of heaven is as”, before he said, “The kingdom of heaven is likened unto”. He is making analogies here, with repetition for emphasis, but in the form of parables from different perspectives to make the one point. Keep this in mind.
So what does this parable, have to do with getting extra oil or getting an excess portion of the Holy Spirit?
Answer: When we come to the Lord, we become servants of the Lord. Whether faithful servants or unfaithful servants. John 12:26, John 13:16, 1 Cor 4:1-2. Why servants? Because it is through servitude true love is revealed.
The man in the parable can be compared to the Lord Jesus our Master. Just as the master in the parable gave unto his servants talents to care for, so too are we given the treasures of the kingdom of heaven to care for on earth. But it is not for us to store up this treasure for ourselves.
We are to invest it. “Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:19-20). In investing this treasure of the kingdom (the word of God, the Gospel message, our testimonies, sound and true biblical doctrine etc.) our efforts will bear fruit.
When we invest the treasure of the kingdom given to us, we will have a reason to ask for more of the Holy Spirit.
Why? Because it is the Holy Spirit that brings the increase. No one makes an investment expecting a loss. When we come to Christ we get a measure of the Holy Spirit, but when we invest the treasure given, we need the Holy Spirit to multiply it.
No one makes an investment expecting a loss.
Thus, we will yearn, and seek for the element responsible for the increase, the Spirit of God.
If we do not use or invest our “talents” the treasures of the kingdom, holding unto the truth, holding unto the Word, our testimonies and the Gospel message we will be just like the unfaithful servant and will be cast out into outer darkness.
So as Christians, we have the treasure of the kingdom.
In order for that treasure to multiply we need the Holy Spirit.
And to get the Holy Spirit to do the work we must do our part and invest the treasure.
So the final and pressing question left to ask is:
What do we invest in?
Answer: Let’s continue to Part 3 to find out. (Spoiler – answer can be found in the next parable)