The parable of the minas tells the future beginning with Christ ascending and giving his followers the responsibilities to minister on his behalf while he is gone from earth. The rewards for faithful service will be the authority over cities.
1 Corinthians 6:2-3 Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? If the world is judged by you, are you not competent to constitute the smallest law courts? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more matters of this life?
The phrase “do you not know” occurs 6 times in this chapter (verses 2, 3, 9, 15, 16, and 19). Paul assumed that the believers in Corinth would understand his statement about judging the future world including angels.
The concept of judging in the age to come includes administering the affairs of the people like was done during the time of the judges recorded in the book of Judges. We often think of future judging primarily focused on condemnation.
The context of this statement is managing the disagreements the believers had with each other. In like manner, we will have this responsibility in the age to come. During Jesus’ life on earth, the angels were over him, but after the ascension, the angels were in subjection to him. Such will be the case with us.
Matthew 19:28-30 And Jesus said to them, "Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. "And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name's sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life. "But many who are first will be last; and the last, first.
Luke 22:28-30 "You are those who have stood by Me in My trials; and just as My Father has granted Me a kingdom, I grant you that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
2 Timothy 2:11-12 It is a trustworthy statement: For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him; If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us;
A share in that government as a co-administrator with the Messiah was offered as the gracious reward for all who choose to become involved with Jesus’ mission.
Revelation 1:5-6 (KJV) And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 2:25-27 'Nevertheless what you have, hold fast until I come. 'He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, TO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS; AND HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON, AS THE VESSELS OF THE POTTER ARE BROKEN TO PIECES, as I also have received authority from My Father
Revelation 3:20-22 'Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. 'He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. 'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'"
Revelation 5:10 "You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth."
Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.
Exodus 19:1-6 God wanted Israel to be a kingdom of priests.
1 Peter 2:9-10 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood,
Isaiah 61:1-7 Priests and ministers of God
Luke 14:13-14 "But when you give a reception, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, since they do not have the means to repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."
Why is serving as administrators or priests a reward? What is the benefit to someone in their new resurrected life? A reward is something given in recognition of one’s service, effort, or achievement. The greatest blessing, we enjoy today is the benefit of loving God and others.
YAHWEH OUR FATHER’S REWARD
Ephesians 1:16-23 The prayer speaks of God’s call, inheritance, and power; not yours.
We are a part of Yahweh’s great hope. He has waited from the beginning to have a regenerated family living in a regenerated world so that He can live among His people.
Revelation 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them
Zephaniah 3:16-17 In that day it will be said to Jerusalem: "Do not be afraid, O Zion; Do not let your hands fall limp. "Yahweh your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.
Isaiah 62:4-5 It will no longer be said to you, "forsaken," nor to your land will it any longer be said, "Desolate"; But you will be called, "My delight is in her," and your land, "married"; for Yahweh delights in you, and to Him your land will be married. For as a young man marries a virgin, so your sons will marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so your God will rejoice over you.
The end is near!