To Whom Much is Given, Much is Required | Luke 12:48 Explained
Luke 12:48 From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.
Today we are going to discover that Luke 12:48 is actually addressing unbelievers who will be severely punished if they are not ready on judgment day.
Often times people want to teach that God threatens Christians. There’s not one verse in all of scripture where Receipt Christians being threatened, and if you hear someone using the word of God to scare you, I would suggest you turn a deaf ear to them because they do not understand the cross and what it did for us. Here are a couple of verses that should shut that door the moment they start teaching that garbage:
1-There is NOW no condemnation for those in Christ – Romans 8:1
2-There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves PUNISHMENT, and the one who fears is not perfected in love – 1 John 4:18
Luke 12:48 is describing a person who is being beaten and punished, and that is not addressing a Christian who is saved by the blood of Jesus Christ and have had their sins taken away.
If God were going to throw blows and punish someone what would cause it? Sin would. As Christians people should stop teaching this idea that Jesus died for our sins but, oh yeah, if we sin God is going to beat us. Luke is talking about people being cut into. Receiving many blows. Deserving a beating. No one was a child of God would ever be threatened by their heavenly father like this. This is about people who are under the law and will receive that just do punishment of their sin.
If we just rewind and read the verses in Luke 12 we discover that Jesus is talking about two different groups of people. One group that will be ready on the Masters return and one that will not. And just before he goes into this threatening language he writes the following inverse 36:
“then the master of that slave will come on a day that he does not expect, and at an hour that he does not know, and will cut him in two”
So the context is clear. These threats are to the person who is not ready and did not expect Jesus’s return, and is obviously an unbeliever and receives the due punishment.
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Author: Mike Cynar
Mike Cynar grew up in church and observed that countless people would go to church and then just stop. The church always referred to them as ‘fake Christians’ or ‘backsliders’ but Mike discovered the problem was deeper. The problem was the church message. The message was 90% behavior improvement and how bad you are, with a pinch of who you are in Christ, It was like every sermon was being preached to the church of Corinth. It’s in the Baptist church, Catholic, Pentecost, and most every other church. After discovering the true gospel message and how we are made right with God because of what ‘Jesus did’ (not what ‘we do’) Mike set out to free believers from behavior improvement programs and bring them back to Jesus. The Result – Jesus Without Religion was launched.
Can you help me understand this verse?
“All unrighteousness is sin, and (there is sin not leading to death).”
I John 5:17 NKJV
First, I’d point out that you’re being righteous or unrighteous has absolutely nothing to do with your performance. That’s a huge mistake that a lot of people make.
Being righteous is a matter of whether you are alive in Christ or dead in Adam. This is about your SPIRITUAL identity.
So to be clear, even when we make poor choices and stumble in sin, if you are a Christian you will remain righteous. As the scripture says you are the righteousness of Christ
[Romans 8:10] But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness.
[Romans 10:4] Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.
[1 Cor 1:30] t is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.
[Gal 2:21] I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”
So you cannot become righteous by not lying, cheating, or committing adultery. You have to do it through faith.
The fact is there is sin that leads to death and sin that does not lead to death. All of the outward sins of the unbeliever lead to death. None of the outward sins of the believer lead to death.
So the only unforgivable sin is rejecting Jesus. Unbelief. Which is the exact same thing as blasphemy of the Spirit.