What Does This Parable Teach Us about the Kingdom of Heaven?
Here in the Parable of laborers in the vineyard, we learn that God makes entry into His Kingdom possible for all types of people, with no distinction based on their abilities, efforts, or social standing. Joining the people of God, entering the Kingdom, and experiencing salvation come by the power of God through the grace of God, apart from anything that can be done to earn them.
Because of this, many whom the unbelieving world system of values would assign to the lowest place in any system of government or culture will occupy the highest place when God fully established His rule at His Second Coming.
What Does This Verse Mean for Us Today?
People today equate fairness with getting what they deserve. If I say, “I deserve this” and then state what I deserve in terms of demanding my rights be satisfied, I’m arguing I deserve fairness because of my rights. All people deserve to be treated fairly because every person is made in the image and likeness of God. When it comes to fairness and eternal life, what we deserve isn’t eternal life, but hell. Eternal life is so precious because Jesus came in His Incarnation under the sentence of death, giving us eternal life.
In the Parable, the master gave all as he promised, a fair and agreeable wage. Central in the ministry of Jesus was eternal life, and so the lesson is that God never deprives anyone of anything they deserve and never gives us less than what we deserve.
The biblical God is not only the Creator, but He is our Covenant Lord as Christians. By all rights, the One who gives life and sustains life has the right to tell us what to do and to tell us what our lives should be like. By all rights, the Lord has every right to be a cruel taskmaster, but He is not. The Lord is always fair.
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