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A Closer Look with David Servant (Episode #1)

David Servant takes a closer look at the parable of the sower and the soils as told by Jesus in Matthew 13:1-19.




The Twisting and Truth About Jesus’ Olivet Discourse Parables

by David Servant

Jesus’ Olivet Discourse—so named because He delivered it on the Mt. of Olives while overlooking Jerusalem and the temple—included three parables that are often misinterpreted. They are the Parables of the Unfaithful Servant, Ten Virgins, and Talents. They are followed by Jesus’ foretelling of the judgment of the sheep and the goats which, although not a parable, is often misinterpreted just like the three parables that precede it.

Let’s start by taking a look at the Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matt. 25:1-13).

The big question facing everyone who reads it is the identity of the five foolish virgins. In the end, they are denied entrance to the wedding feast, and the Lord tells them, “Truly I say to you, I do not know you” (Matt. 25:12).

So, do they represent people who were never saved, or do they represent those who were once saved, but who forfeited their salvation? That is a hotly-debated question in Christian circles. Let’s consider the evidence.

Why Did Jesus Speak in Parables?

A Daily Little Lesson

Read the transcript of this video below.

Why did Jesus speak in parables, apparently not wanting everyone to understand the point of His teaching? Today’s question is a good one. We know that Jesus did often speak in parables, and one time his disciples asked Him why he was doing that. His apparent response was that He didn’t want everyone to understand certain mysteries; He was doing it to keep them ignorant. Let’s think about this.

Parables of Jesus DVD Series, Part 2

Jesus often spoke to His followers in parables to help them understand the mysteries of His kingdom. In Part 1, David Servant took a closer look at nine of Jesus’ most well-known parables. In his latest DVD series, David tackles sixteen more of Jesus’ parables, including The Unfaithful Servant, The Ten Virgins, The Talents, The Midnight Visitor, The Unjust Judge, The Vine and Branches, The Barren Fig Tree, The Invited Guest, The Pharisee and Publican, The Lost Sheep, The Ten Silver Coins, The Prodigal Son, The Two Sons, The Land Owner, The Wedding Feast and The Good Shepherd.

As you might suspect, David makes no attempt to alter or soften the challenging messages contained within any of Jesus’ parables. Each thought-provoking study is perfect for personal devotions, group Bible studies, Sunday school classes and home churches.

This four-DVD set includes thirteen 30-minute teachings that were filmed in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. You can order your DVD set below for $35—which includes an attractive case and free shipping in the U.S.

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Parables of Jesus DVD Series, Part 1

Jesus often spoke to His followers in parables in order that they might understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God. In this video teaching series, David Servant takes a closer look at nine of Jesus’ parables that were specifically directed towards believers. They include the parables of The Sower and the Soils, The Wheat and the Tares, The Hidden Treasure, The Unforgiving Servant, The Laborers in the Vineyard, The Good Samaritan, The Rich Fool, The Unrighteous Steward, and The Rich Man and Lazarus.

David makes no attempt to alter or soften the challenging messages contained within any of Jesus’ parables. The result is a thought-provoking study that is perfect for personal devotions, group Bible studies, and home churches.

The four-DVD set in an attractive compact case includes thirteen 30-minute teachings that were filmed in the Alaskan wilderness. Also included are short and interesting side-trips as the camera follows David to some of Alaska’s most interesting places. You can order your copy below for $35, which includes free shipping in the U.S. The Parables of Jesus DVD Series, Part 2 is also available for purchase by clicking here.

Product Details

Publisher: Heaven’s Family
Episodes: 13 Episodes on 4 DVDs
Location: Filmed in Alaska
Price: $35.00 (free shipping)

These prices are for books and videos shipped within the United States only. For prices on international orders, please contact us. Also contact us for discounted pricing on orders of 10 or more copies.

The Theological Nullification of Jesus’ Words

I am never ceased to be amazed at the lengths hyper-grace teachers go to in order to twist Scripture to make it fit their doctrine. Here’s an example I read today: “The Lord’s Prayer was not given to the church, but to Jews under the Law of Moses. So Jesus’ solemn warning about unforgiveness that is derived from the Lord’s Prayer has no application to Christians.”

You no doubt know that the Lord’s Prayer includes these words: “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matt. 6:12). One verse later, Jesus elaborated on that clause, saying, “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions” (Matt. 6:14-15).

Jesus’ words in that passage are crystal-clear, but according to some hyper-grace teachers, all of them became completely irrelevant after Jesus died and rose again—at the inauguration of the new covenant. And hyper-grace teachers must find a way to make them irrelevant, because taken at face value, they indicate that our being forgiven by God is predicated upon our forgiving others. And obviously, being forgiven by God is a basic requirement to enter heaven. But that, they say, is not consistent with grace, at least as defined by hyper-grace teachers. Grace, they wrongly claim, can include no requirement of holiness, otherwise it is salvation by works.

Worse, Jesus’ words, taken at face value, make it clear that God might REVOKE forgiveness He has already granted, a concept also taught in Jesus’ parable of the unforgiving servant (see Matt. 18:23-35). Jesus concluded that parable by warning, “And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart” (Matt. 18:34-35).

Of necessity, hyper-grace teachers MUST make those words also irrelevant to new covenant Christians, plus many other clear declarations Jesus made that contradict their perverse doctrine. And so you will hear them often claim that everything Jesus taught that doesn’t agree with their theology was only applicable to old covenant Jews under the Mosaic Law.

Of course, their strange view is problematic on many levels. One is that their view is not taught anywhere in the New Testament epistles. You won’t find Paul, Peter, James, John or Jude writing anything like, “Jesus ministered to Jews under the old covenant, and so many of His words have no application to new covenant Christians.”

On the contrary, they, like all the other apostles, taught their disciples to obey everything Jesus had taught them, because that is precisely what He commanded them to do in His Great Commission: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them…teaching them to observe all that I commanded you” (Matt. 28:19-20, emphasis added).

And that is why Paul wrote to the Thessalonian Christians, “For you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus” (1Th. 4:2, emphasis added), and why he wrote to the Colossian believers, “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you” (Col. 3:16, emphasis added).

That was why John wrote, “By this we know that we have come to know Him [Jesus], if we keep His commandments” (1 John 2:3, emphasis added), and why Peter wrote, “To those who reside as aliens…who are chosen…to obey Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 1:1-2, emphasis added).

That is why James so often alluded to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in his general epistle (see Jas. 2:13; 3:18; 4:11-12; 5:3, 12), and why Jesus is referred to as “our Lord” 68 times in the New Testament epistles.

Never, not once, does any author of any New Testament epistle ever intimate in the slightest that any of what Jesus taught is irrelevant to new covenant believers. That being so, anyone who claims that some or all of what Jesus taught IS irrelevant to new covenant believers is teaching pure heresy. They might also be guilty of blasphemy since they, by nullifying some of Jesus’ words, diminish His lordship.

And there are many other problems with the hyper-grace teaching that nullifies so much of what Jesus said. One is that it creates a different means of salvation under old and new covenants, whereas the New Testament teaches that grace and faith have always been the means of salvation, prior to, during, and after the new covenant. Both Abraham (before the Mosaic Law) and David (during the Mosaic Law) were saved by grace through faith (see Rom. 4:1-8, 16).

The grace that God has always offered has never been a license to sin, but rather a temporary opportunity to repent of sin and be forgiven. That is biblical grace as Paul defined it, writing, “For the GRACE OF GOD has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires, and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds” (Titus 2:11-14, , emphasis added).

So, is our forgiveness predicated upon our forgiving others? Yes, according to the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul similarly warned that those who practice “enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, [and] factions”… “will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Gal. 5:19-21). Does unforgiveness have any connection to that list of social sins? The answer is obvious.

Regarding the subject of forgiveness, there is much more that could be said from the many other scriptures that make some reference to it. Christian teachers sometimes just skim over the surface of the subject, while believers often wrestle with questions about what God requires of them, particularly in regard to offenders who never ask for forgiveness. I have done my best to address those deeper issues in some articles I’ve written on this website. For anyone who is interested, one is titled, “A Closer Look at Forgiving” and another is titled “DMM Chapter 24: Confrontation, Forgiveness and Reconciliation.” (You may be surprised to learn that, although God expects us to love everyone, He does not expect us to forgive everyone.)

Think Before You Clink! (And Maybe Bring Jesus Back Sooner!) Part 1

By David Servant

E-Teaching graphic with title, "Think Before You Clink, and Maybe Bring Jesus Back Sooner"

Genuine followers of Jesus know that the wisest thing they can do with their money is use it to lay up treasure in heaven. In fact, it was to wisdom that Jesus appealed when He instructed His followers regarding their two investment options:

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matt. 6:19-21).

The obvious wisdom in laying up treasures in heaven is that there they are enduring, whereas treasures on earth are subject to decay and loss. So it just makes sense to invest in heaven.