August 29th, 2107
Matthew 20:14-16 (KJB) Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. 15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? 16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
These verses come in at the end of a lengthy parable orated by Jesus. It has many spiritual applications for us to consider. It begins with His chosen people the Jews, and later in time, the Gentiles enter this spiritually favored picture. The Gentiles were able to have a personal relationship with Christ, like the Jews, but this opportunity came together in a much later time frame.
Secondly, this verse takes into consideration people who were anticipating jobs from a landowner and were waiting for him to put them to work in the time of the harvest. Some were employed right away (Jews), while others were not employed until near the end of the harvest (Gentiles). God chose to pay each of these workers the same salary. This fact made the early workers angry, while it seemed to reward the later employees with a greater pay for less time accrued.
God’s timing is not ever calculated according to our own standard or sense of time. God’s mercy is given to all mankind regardless of when they are saved. Noah received the same salvation in ancient biblical times that the very last person to be saved will receive on the very last day the door to the ark remains open.
I am identifying these applications or precepts as one of “Spiritual capitalism” because this parable takes into regard that God’s process of reward and payment for service are solely up to His discretion. He can choose to pay wages and rewards and give mercy and grace according to His own “spiritual distribution schedule” and not be limited according to having a worldly based “Wall Street Financial Agenda” which is strictly based on reasoning and a timeframe set in place by mankind.
Yes, there will be one last soul saved in some day of the future. Yes, he or she will receive the same amount of grace and mercy that you and I have received, the same as the faithful servant Noah receives. God’s mercy and grace is not limited or boxed into framework or pay scale as hired workers and servants are compensated, which is strictly according to their time of service, or tenure, as wages are commonly calculated in this world.