The Parable Of The Unforgiving Servant

Matthew, Mark, Luke & John: Session 32

            After Jesus spent a good amount of time discussing forgiveness and reconciliation, he gave a controversial parable that's become known as the parable of the unforgiving servant. What makes it controversial is that it's been given 4 different interpretations by many who hold onto their interpretations with heated passion. One view is almost passive, the other is too aggressive, and another is correct in what it asserts but incorrect in what it denies. The parable is about an unforgiving servant, who demanded payment for a debt owed to him right after he had been forgiven an even bigger debt by his own master. When the master found out, he sent him to the "tormentors until he paid all that was due". Basically folks, this parable promotes that Christians should be forgiving toward each other, but with a scary and ambiguous threat hanging at the end. It's that threat that's become the focus of all the heated debate. It almost sounds like it's saying Christians can lose their salvation if they aren't forgiving. Is that what that really means? In this session we'll cover all 4 interpretations and let you decide.





41 Minutes
October 31, 2012


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SESSION NOTES
MATTHEW
MARK
LUKE
JOHN
RELATED PASSAGES

The Parable Of The Wicked / Unforgiving Servant

Matthew 18:23-35
HOW SHOULD THIS PARABLE BE INTERPRETED?
THERE ARE 4 DIFFERING VIEWS
THE 1ST VIEW
THE 2ND VIEW
THE 3RD VIEW
THE 4TH VIEW
RELATED PASSAGES

The Ten Thousand Talents (18:23-25)

Sins Of A Man
Not Yet Saved By Grace
Sins Of A Man
Not Yet Saved By Grace
Sins Of A Man
Not Yet Saved By Grace
Sins Of A Servant Of God
Already Saved By Grace
But Living In Sin

The Master's Forgiveness (18:26-27)

Salvation
Man's Sins Are Forgiven
Now Saved By Grace
Salvation
Man's Sins Are Forgiven
Now Saved By Grace
Forgiveness Is Provided
But Not Accepted
Still Not Saved By Grace
Forgiveness Given To The Servant
Upon Confession
(1st John 1:6-10)
John 3:16
John 5:24
John 10:28-29
John 1:12-13
John 3:3
Ephesians 2:8-9
Ephesians 1:13
Ephesians 4:30
Titus 3:5
Romans 8:38-39
Philippians 1:6
1st John 1:6-10

The Wicked Servant's Unforgiveness (18:28-30)

Post-Salvation Sin
An Unforgiving Spirit
Post-Salvation Sin
An Unforgiving Spirit
Evidence Of No Salvation
An Unforgiving Spirit
Blatant Hypocrisy
Cold & Heartless Unforgiving Spirit

The Master's Response (18:31-34)

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Forgiveness Revoked
Sentenced To Hell
Forgiveness Wasn't Accepted
Sentenced To Hell
Fatherly Discipline
Matthew 18:17
1st Corinthians 5:5
1st Timothy 1:19-20

Jesus' Warning (18:35)

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You'll Be Sentenced To Hell
If You Aren't Forgiving
?
You'll Be Disciplined
If You Aren't Forgiving

Problems With This View

Who Are The Torturers?
What Of Jesus' Warning?
Promise Of Eternal Life
Holy Spirit Is Sealed
He's Called A "Servant"
Jesus Holds Us Accountable
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