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#1.       The Goodman of the House (Matt 24:43,36,44, Mark 13:32, Acts 20:28-31)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2.       The Appointed Faithful Ruler (Matt 24:45-46, Dan 2:21, Eccl 11:3, Luke 12:41-44)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3.       The Appointed Evil Ruler (Matt 24:48-49, 1Cor 8:12, Rev 17:2,6, Ex 20:5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 24:42 (2X). Today we have come to sermon number 11, and this is the last one that we are going to spend on this chapter. This chapter of Matt 24 systematically summarized for us the correct eschatology that the Bible prescribes. It is not the wild and spectacular eschatologies that have been invented in many churches throughout this country, but it is a simple five step outline of end time events that harmonize with the rest of the Bible. But now we have come to the end of this chapter, and we notice that the next chapter contains three parables of the end of the world and the judgment that follows. As you know, the division into chapters and verses did not come about until the 13th or 14th century AD. And so, when we look at the structure of Matt 24, we see all the events of the end times have already been discussed by the time we reach verse 41. Is it any wonder then that we can see that from verse 42 to the end of this chapter is actually a parable? It is a parable about faithful and evil servants. Therefore the title of the sermon today is called Faithful and Evil Servants (2X). Let us read about these faithful and evil servants here in Matt 24:42-51,

Mt 24:42-51 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

What we see in these ten verses is that there are three major players. Of course there is the Lord, and there is the thief, but then we see that there are three major players: #1. There is the “goodman of the house”. #2. There is “a faithful and wise servant”. #3. There is “the evil servant”. And these form the three parts of this parable. Let us prove that these ten verses form a parable. Please put a sticker here in Matt 24, and please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel According to Luke, Luke 12:29 (2X). And when you have found the page please put also a sticker in Luke 12:29, for we will be shuttling between these two chapters quite a bit. You remember that the passage in Matt 24:42 started with the words, “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come”. What does that mean? It certainly does not mean that we would watch the verses in the Bible to calculate when the Lord would come, for “No man knoweth the day or the hour”. But this passage in Luke 12:29-34 tells us exactly in what way we should prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord for He might come any day now. We read in Luke 12:29-34

     Lu 12:29-34  And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.

For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

This is how we watch and how we prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord. It is by seeking to do those things that are pleasing in His sight. It is by demonstrating that our treasure is in heaven and not on earth. But do not make the mistake of making of these words a works-gospel. Then we would believe a false gospel that cannot save. But focus on verse 32. There we clearly read, “It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom”, and He will give it to us by grace, which means He will give it to us freely, for Christ fully paid for it. Here in verse 32 we see God’s unconditional election, and in verses 31 and 33 we can apply the principle that “It is God which worketh in us, both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Phil 2:13) In other words, all our good works were before ordained that we should walk in them (Eph 2:10), and thus it is His irresistible grace that causes us to seek the kingdom of God, and to lay up treasures in heaven. But look now also at Luke 12:41, for there we read, “Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all?” Are we now convinced that these two passages in Matt 24 and in Luke 12 are not there to teach us only some moralizing principles, but they are there to teach us a parable? And it probably will be a parable about the church in the end time, for that is what Matt 24 and Matt 25 are all about. Please turn again to Matt 24:43 (2X) and let us look at:

#1.       The Goodman of the House (Matt 24:43,36,44, Mark 13:32, Acts 20:28-31)

Mt 24:43  But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

Who does this first personality represent? You might be interested to know that “The goodman of the house”, # 3617, occurs 12 times in the NT, and of these 12 times only 3 times does it represent a faithful child of God who is in charge of a house or a household. All the other 9 times it points to the Lord Jesus Christ. And so, we begin to see distinctly parabolic elements in this parable. Why does this first man point to Christ? We have seen last week from Matt 24:36 and from Mark 13:32 that the Lord Jesus, in His humanity, did not know when the last day would be. This agrees with Matt 24:43 that the goodman of the house did not know in what watch, or in what time segment, the thief would come. The house represents the church, which Christ guards very jealously. And who does the thief represent? The thief represents the false preachers who are stealing sheep from the inside of the churches, namely from the pulpit. However, the fact that he “would not have suffered his house to be broken up” does not fit the person Jesus Christ, for the Lord Jesus will always submit to the plans of God in any occasion. God, in His counsel, has decided that near the end of time the churches will be infiltrated by the abomination of desolation, which was sufficiently documented in the prophecy of Daniel. And thus the wording of Matt 24:43 would not completely fit the Lord Jesus Christ. But what these words paraphrased do convey is this: If Christ would be the pastor of a church, He would have been watchful all the time, and would not have allowed His house to be broken up. We must take Christ as our example. That is why the words of the following verse say in Matt 24:44, “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh”. The words “Therefore” and “also” refer to following Christ’s example to be very jealous of His church, and to guard it all the time, for the thieves are out to break up our church. Actually, the thieves do not break up the church from outside. The Greek word that was translated “to be broken up” literally says, “to dig through”. In other words, the thieves dig a channel under the wall and enter the church through the floor. This is not to be understood literally, of course, but it indicates that the thieves are sheep stealers from within the congregation. God gave us an example of this threat from within. Please turn in your Bibles to the Acts of the Apostles, Acts 20:28 (2X). You can find Acts right after the Gospel of John and just before Romans. The apostle Paul who was at Miletus called to him the elders of the church at Ephesus to give them his farewell address and last admonition. Then He said in Acts 20:

Ac 20:28-29  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

Then he looked them straight in the eyes, and said to them in Acts 20:30-31,

Ac 20:30-31  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

Out of your midst, you elders of Ephesus, shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them”. He could not have said it any plainer. And yet, this warning to the churches that apostacy is going to come from within the church is not being preached today. Most pastors preach as if everyone present in the church is saved, and has nothing to worry about. Therefore, we must:

Please turn now to the Gospel of Luke 12:35 (2X). I hope you still have your sticker there. We read here again about “the goodman of the house”, but with a little more information. We read in Luke 12:35-41,

Lu 12:35-40 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their Lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.

Spiritually we must have our loins girded about, like the children of Israel in Egypt, when they were ready to leave after midnight, as soon as they would hear that they have been liberated from the house of bondage. We too must always be ready to go to be with the Lord. And we must always have our lights burning, for we as long as we are in the world we are the lights of the world, which means we must let our Gospel shine, so that many who are still unsaved may hear and see Christ, the Light of the world. But what is The Wedding that verse 36 refers to? What wedding is the Lord Jesus going to before He is going to pick us up in the rapture? We know that He is going to have a great wedding after the rapture. But what marriage feast is going on before? You see, when the Lord Jesus Christ went to the cross to purchase our souls, He first paid for all our sins, and then He also purchased our bodies, so that we belong to Him body and soul. Then the Lord declared in Eph 5:30, “For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones”, present tense. In other words, right now we are intimately identified already with Christ as if we have already been married to Him, for these words apply to a man and a wife after they have been married. For other reasons we are presently called the Bride of Christ. But we have already been purchased by Him, and we are presently adopted sons of God through our marriage to Christ. This is the marriage feast that we keep in remembrance when we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. And that is why we should see “The Wedding” in Luke 12:36 as representing the event of the cross.

An important principle to be aware of when we read this chapter of the Gospel of Luke is that we do not turn it into a works gospel. We are saved by grace, which means we are saved by God’s unmerited favor, which means we are saved freely. It was a totally free gift, and we want to keep it that way, for we do not want to insult God, the Giver. And thus, when we read verse 37, we should not interpret it as if we would get a great reward when the Lord finds us to be faithful. Quite the contrary. If Christ has indeed purchased us at the cross, then we are blessed, and we will remain faithful servants of Christ all the way to the end, for this is what the rest of the Bible teaches us concerning the perseverance of the saints. And thus, when we read in verse 37 that Christ will condescend Himself and be our servant, this is not to be interpreted as if this is going to occur in the life hereafter, for we read nothing about this in Rev 21 and Rev 22. This has come to pass already. When the Lord Jesus took our sins, and paid for those sins the equivalent of an eternity in Hell, He was the Suffering Servant of Jehovah, but He was also our Servant by doing that which we needed to do to wash away our sins. Therefore the words of verse 37, “he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them”, are words that refer to His Servanthood to us when He paid for our sins on the cross. And thus, we are called “blessed”, not because we were faithful, for this we are, but because He saved us and called us with a holy calling. And then verse 40 ties in with the summarizing verse in Matt 24. Please turn again to Matt 24:44 (2X). And there we read almost the same words as in Luke 12:40. We read in Matt 24:44,

Mt 24:44  Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

We see that these words are the capstone of the first part of this parable: “The goodman of the house”.

#2.       The Appointed Faithful Ruler (Matt 24:45-46, Dan 2:21, Eccl 11:3, Luke 12:41-44)

Mt 24:45  Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?

Mt 24:46  Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

The first part of this parable dealt quite generally with all those who are taking Christ as our example. Now, the second part deals specifically with those who have been made rulers. We must remember that God sets up kings and puts down kings (Dan 2:21). Whenever someone has been made a ruler, we should see this as an appointment from God, regardless whether this is a good ruler or an evil ruler. God works out His counsel and His providence through the sins of man. And when someone is appointed to be president of these United States, we should see this as the hand of God accomplishing His purpose. And so, the words of Matt 24:45 specifically apply to pastors and teachers who have a responsibility for giving spiritual food to those who have been placed under their care. God appointed them for that. And now the Lord is addressing them and is calling them to give account of their works. We must be careful not to turn this passage into a works gospel. The Bible teaches that if Christ has suffered and died for us on the cross, then we shall be saved in our lifetime, which means we shall be born from above, and we shall remain faithful to His Word throughout the rest of our earthly life. Our faithfulness is not something that we possess and that we will be rewarded for. Our faithfulness is a result of God’s irresistible grace which keeps us faithful and keeps us in His care. We are called blessed before we come to the end of our life, not after the Lord has found us faithful, for that would bring glory to us, and not to Christ. We should not fall into heresy by the words of a hymn that says, “In dying we shall be born to eternal life”. That is a Roman Catholic heresy. We are born again, or we are born from above, sometime in this earthly life, and not after our body has died. When our body dies everything is fixed. God says in Eccl 11:3, “If the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be”. If we die unsaved we will stand before the judgment throne of Christ and we will be found guilty. If we die saved, our soul goes immediately to live with Christ in heaven, and our future glory is absolutely certain. The question that verse 45 states is this: “Who then is a faithful and wise servant”? It is a question that is answered in verse 46: It is the servant who is called “blessed”, because he is a saved individual. And verse 45 also says that in due season we must give meat to that household whom Christ has placed under our rulership. What is this meat? When we search out this word, # 5160, we find that about 50 % of the time it refers to spiritual food, words from Scripture, words that admonish or exhort those we rule over, and that strengthen their souls. And so, the proper interpretation of the second half of verse 45 is: “whom his Lord did set over his household, to give them spiritual nourishment in due season”. Does this verse apply only to pastors and teachers of the Word of God? NO! We should keep in mind that earthly fathers and mothers are placed in authority over their children by God. Earthly families are a miniature of a church congregation. In the first place, fathers are called to give account of their dealings with their children. And where there is no father, or where the father does not want to raise his children in the nurture of the Lord, then the mother takes over and she fulfils the role of both father and mother. However, we must be careful not to stick the blame for unsaved children on their parents, for these parents are not accountable to us, but to God. Just like we cannot blame the pastor for having some individuals in the church who remain unsaved. God saves whom He will, and His choice is not made by being descendants of God-fearing parents, nor by the will of the flesh, nor by the will of man. But the providence of God whom He will save rests entirely on His good pleasure. Please turn again to the Gospel of Luke, Luke 12:41 (2X). We read almost the same words here in Luke 12:41-44,

Lu 12:41-44 Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all? And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.

Peter asked the Lord Jesus a question in verse 41. But the Lord did not answer Peter’s question directly. Instead He pointed to the fact that anyone who has become a steward, anyone who has been endowed with some authority over others, is called to give spiritual nourishment to those whom God has placed under their rulership. And thus, the Lord Jesus Christ is calling all pastors and all parents to enlist in His army to feed the church of God. For if we feed those who are unlearned, we are strengthening the entire body of Christ, as long as we give them their spiritual food faithfully, and for this we have to ask the Lord to give us His grace. The last verse in Luke 12:41-44 touches on the subject of rewards.

Please turn again to Matt 24, and there we see the same subject repeated. We read in Matt 24:46-47

Mt 24:46  Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

Mt 24:47  Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.

I want you to notice carefully what verse 47 says exactly: “He shall make him ruler over all his goods” which means that God shall make this person inherit everything that God has. Let us see if we can understand this. Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Romans, Rom 8:32 (2X). In this section of Rom 8 God is telling us of the incredible love He has for us, which is so great that He is making the entire world and entire world history revolve around the benefits for His saints. Everything focuses on how all things work together for the good of them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. Then we read in Rom 8:32,

Ro 8:32  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

There we have it again: God shall give us all things. But this speaks as if the saints shall collectively inherit all things, whereas in Matt 24:47 the Lords says that He will give this individual person all things. Which one is right? Please turn in your Bibles to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 21:7 (2X). This is a passage where all the saints have been gathered to enter into the NH&NE, and wherein the New Jerusalem is portrayed as the only city in the NH&NE where both the saints and God dwell together. It is a wonderful concept, and amazingly glorious. But here we read in Rev 21:7,

Re 21:7  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Every saint is an overcomer, for every saint will have enjoyed the perseverance of the saints. And thus verse 7 applies to every saint. This verse does not say, “They that overcome shall inherit all things”, but “He (singular) that overcomes shall inherit all things”. It means that every saint shall inherit the entire new universe that God has already prepared for us. It does not mean that we must partition that great universe, but each one of us will rule over that entire new universe as kings and priests unto the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Individually we will inherit all that God has. Now, what do these Scriptures do to the doctrine of extra rewards that is so prevalent in many churches? What we found here in Matt 24:47 and in Luke 12:44, and in Rom 8:32 and in Rev 21:7 blows those doctrines of extra rewards absolutely to smithereens. There are no extra rewards in the life hereafter for two reasons: #1. When God has given all that He has to each of His saints there is nothing left to give, for God is not a man that He should lie. When God says that He has given away everything, there is nothing left. #2. When each of the saints has been made ruler over all hat God has, and this is possible because there is no sin for it is a universe where only righteousness dwells, then the inheritance of every individual is infinitely greater than he or she could have expected for even the noblest work we could have done on this earth, or for even for enduring the most painful death possible here on earth. It is infinitely greater, because it is all a gift of grace. There is no work that we can do which makes us a little more deserving of the inheritance in the life hereafter, for “If by grace, then it is no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work” (Rom 11:6). How then do we interpret the extra rewards that God speaks about throughout the Bible? These are rewards in this life, but not in the life hereafter. Please turn again to the Gospel of Matthew, Matt 24:48 (2X) and let us now look at the third part of this parable, where we see:

#3.       The Appointed Evil Ruler (Matt 24:48-49, 1Cor 8:12, Rev 17:2,6, Ex 20:5)

The word “appointed” is not in this passage. However it was present in Matt 24:45, for there the Lord has made him ruler, and thus the Lord has appointed him to be a ruler. But since God sets up kings and puts down kings, He does not only set up good rulers, for even emperor Nero was an appointment by God. We can read that in Rom 13, which was written at the time Nero was emperor in Rome. And since God knows beforehand who His elect are, God also knows beforehand who the evil rulers are. And so, the providence of God determines which rulers He puts in place, and thus the faithful rulers as well as the evil rulers have been appointed to their position of power. This also applies to evil parents. Matt 24:

Mt 24:48  But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;

Mt 24:49  And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;

What is this? What have the smiting and eating with drunkards have anything to do with being the opposite of a faithful ruler? A faithful ruler is someone who gives nourishing spiritual food to those he rules over. And so, we must conclude that an evil ruler gives poisonous spiritual food to those he rules over. Is that the meaning of the smiting that we read about in verse 49? Remember that this is a parable and thus it is quite possible that God did not intend for us to understand that physical smiting would be in view. Can we prove this? Please turn to the First Epistle to the Corinthians, 1Cor 8:12 (2X). When we search out this Greek word that has been translated “smite”, # 5180, we discover that it occurs 14 times in the Bible, out of which 13 times it has been translated “smite, or beat, or strike”. But, one time it has been translated as “to wound or disquiet someone’s conscience”. In this passage of First Cor 8 God speaks about the rules for eating meat that was offered to idols. Paraphrased God says that for the sake of quieting the conscience of our weaker brothers in Christ we should abstain from eating meat that was offered to idols. And so we read in 1Cor 8:12 these words, “But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound <5180> their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ”. That word “wound” <5180> has the meaning of spiritually wounding the conscience of the brethren. We do that by giving them a message that will hurt their soul. As you can see, it is impossible to translate that word as physically smiting; it must have the meaning of spiritually wounding them in their soul. We do that by conveying a lie! When a person who is not saved becomes a pastor, he will be an evil ruler. He will be spouting lies, for he does not understand salvation, and thus he will lead other people into the same predicament that he is. He is wounding their soul. Please turn again to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 24:49 (2X). The 2nd thing we read in Matt 24:49 is about eating and drinking with the drunken. When we search out this Greek word that has been translated “the drunken”, # 3184, we find it is used twice in the description of Babylon, the mother of harlots, in Rev 17:2 and in Rev 17:6, where she is drunk with the wine of the wrath of God, and where she is drunk with the blood of the saints. Near the end of time the church is going apostate to the extent that God calls her Babylon, the mother of harlots. And now we can fully understand the meaning of Matt 24:49. Paraphrased, we can see the meaning of Matt 24:49,

Mt 24:49  And he shall begin to tell lies about salvation to his fellowservants, and shall associate himself with those in the apostate church who are subject to the wrath of God and who are killing the saints.

These are the actions of someone who is an evil servant, and who is not aware that the Lord is coming soon. And is that not what we are seeing today in most of the churches? They are highly in favor of a free-will gospel, and they are associating with charismatic churches and Roman Catholic churches, claiming that these are also brothers and sisters in Christ. And by so doing they are causing their own congregation to fall deeply into apostacy, because they are dominated by evil rulers, evil pastors. And these activities trickle down to the family level, so that effectively parents are teaching their children how to come under the wrath of God. This is how God visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Him (Ex 20:5). And then we read in Matt 24:50-51,

Mt 24:50-51 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The Lord shall cut him asunder” literally means that the Lord shall cut him in two pieces. We should not take this as the literal meaning, for the penalty that follows is much greater. It simply means that the Lord will kill him, and then He shall be resurrected to stand before the judgment throne of Christ, and shall stand together with the hypocrites, and then he shall be cast into a place called Hell where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Please turn now to the Gospel of Luke 12:45 (2X) where we rd:

Lu 12:45-48 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

We have here some additional information. The Lord teaches us here a new principle: “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required”. Which means that those who have received the grace to learn from the Bible and to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God, have the obligation to bring all this knowledge to those who are still unlearned. This is an obligation to pastors and to parents who have received much insight into the Word of God. And can we see that this is a principle which permeates throughout this entire parable? The Lord has appointed rulers in the church as well as in the home. And He calls upon all faithful rulers to do battle with the forces of evil who are preying on those who are ignorant, or are still babes in Christ. All these little ones are in danger of falling into the snares of Satan, through churches that are already in the hands of Satan. And thus, God calls upon all the faithful rulers to stand up as knights in shining armor. Yes, we are those knights (with a k) who will do battle in the trenches, fighting the false gospels personally on a one to one basis. But we are also the knights (with a k) who will make use of today’s technology to reach many in the world far and near. And that is why this small church of ours is heard all throughout the world through the electronic media. Yes, we are knights (with a k) in shining armor, for we must let our light so shine before men, that they may see our good works, and glorify our Father which is in heaven. And how is it that they do not glorify us, but our Father which is in heaven? Does this not mean that our good works are the words of the true Gospel that we preach? And indeed it is. Our good works refer to what we believe, and what we preach. And our armor, according to Eph 6:11-17, is the whole armor of God, especially the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.     AMEN.            Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.