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The Parable of The Labourers
by Wayne Blank
On the other hand, there are people who have lived very unChristian lives, some until they were young adults, some until they were middle aged, some even until they were in old age, but who did eventually repent and become good Christians too. By the time that they die, they may have only lived according to the Word of God for the last half, or the last quarter, or even the last year of their lives. Should they be allowed into the Kingdom of God the same as those who lived a good Christian life all of their lives? Would that be "fair"?
"Whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive"
The Messiah's parable of the laborers is one of the most curious for some. It certainly wouldn't be welcome to a modern-day union, but it really wasn't about that anyway. It was about people turning to God, some sooner, some later - but all will be equally welcome as Children Of God if they thereafter remained faithful and obedient to God.
"For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard."
The parable does not mean that people can deliberately put off repentance until later in life. The different times of the parable represent the time when those who begin to know better must do better. Some people learn the Truth early, some people learn it later, but whenever it's heard that is when the choice must be made.
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