Matthew 24:46-51

Mat 24:46 (KJB)
Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

The faithful servant does not have to look over his shoulder or even worry about when his master is coming back because his work ethic remains the same, whether the master is there or not. When the master returns, he will not be disappointed because his servant will be about his duties faithfully. Now let us look at these two verses in a spiritual manner. Between the time of the Lord’s first coming and His second coming, Christians have been left with the task of getting the gospel out to the ends of the world. By their faithfulness in ministering to the needs of others, the wise and true servants of the Lord Jesus will become well known. There are many Christians today who do nothing outside of going to church and that is the extent of their commitment which is really non-commitment. The faithful Christian who daily ministers and looks for avenues to minister will be ready when the Lord comes and has no need to wonder when the Lord is returning because his faithfulness to Christ has made him ready. There are two groups which need to concern themselves with the Lord’s return, the unbelievers and lazy uninvolved Christians.

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

This is almost like the parable of the talents where the one who had ten talents and gained ten more was rewarded beyond those talents by the master. There is going to be some kind of reward for those who have remained faithful but as to what that is, needs to be kept in the hands of the Lord and we need not speculate on that. The fact that we are going to Heaven and not an eternity in the lake of fire should be reward enough for all of us. Nevertheless, the Lord is teaching a lesson that faithfulness to Him has its reward.

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

Then the Lord contrasts the faithful servant with one whom He calls evil, which we could say is someone who claims to be a Christian but they have never been regenerated. The evil servant is always counting on the master to delay his coming for a long time. The word “delayeth” is in the present tense so he is continually counting on his master to remain away for a long time, in fact, he is even hoping that his master does no return at all. The apostate church today does not believe the teachings of Jesus because if they did, they would not be in the condition they are in, in case the Lord returned. They are counting on the Lord being away forever.

Mat 24:49 (KJB)
And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;

This evil servant saw that his master had delayed his coming and instead of taking care of his estate, he started to lord it over the other servants. He made sure that he was well taken care of and did not see to the provision for the rest of the household instead he became a glutton and drunk as he now started to make friends with the drunks. Instead of him spending time with faithful servants, he spent time with those who were of lower caliber and then he became as one of them. He was enjoying himself in pleasure and the lusts of this world. (1 Th 5:7 KJV) For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. This servant is a child of the night and not of the light because he thinks there is no consequences for living that type of life. This is akin to those in the churches who have made alliances with other unbelievers and had not sought out the ways of the Lord. Their unbelief has kept the church as an entity of the night.

Mat 24:50 (KJB)
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,

Since this evil servant had adopted a lifestyle which was completely all about him, he had no concern for the fact that the master of the house could return at any time. He acted like he was the master of the house but that would come to an abrupt end. He was blinded to the fact that his day of reckoning was at hand. (Luke 12:20 KJV) But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? He is in the same situation as the one who wanted to build bigger barns. Their day of reckoning was at hand. The rich man expected to see sunset and the evil servant expected to live another day in sin but both of their expectations were shattered in a moment of time. The master of the house has returned and it is time to give an account.

Mat 24:51 (KJB)
And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Jesus states that this servant would be cut asunder or in two. First, he would lose all of the privileges and responsibilities of his office, secondly, he would be assigned to the place of the hypocrites. He had started out a good servant but because he thought his master would not come for a long time, he began to think evilly and allowed his thoughts to degenerate his life and thoughts. So now he went from being a servant to a hypocrite. The place of the hypocrites will be eternal hell. (Mat 8:12 KJV) But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Those in the churches who were leaders but were not truly Christians will be considered hypocrites because they are trying to be someone they are not. Then those false Christians who thought they were Christians will be cast into outer darkness because they too thought they were saved by belonging to a church or organization and doing their ceremonies. In Matthew 23, Jesus called the scribes and Pharisees hypocrites and their destination was eternal hell. The evil servant probably did not expect that sentence.