Does the parable of the unjust steward in Luke 16 point to the redemption of the Church after the tribulation?
GIVING ACCOUNT: TRIBULATION, JUDGMENT ON THE CHURCH?
Lu 16:1 And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had WASTED <1287> his goods.
Lu 16:2 And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship <3622>; for thou mayest be no longer steward.
Mt 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the DAY of judgment.
1Co 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the DAY shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
Lu 16:3 Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship <3622>: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.
Lu 16:4 I am resolved (know) what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship <3622>, they may RECEIVE ME into their houses.
Ac 28:30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,
Ac 21:17 And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.
2Jo 1:10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
THE STEWARDSHIP: DOES IT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MODIFY A DEBT?
Mt 20:8 So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire (reward), beginning from the last unto the first.
Lu 12:42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward <3623>, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?
Col 1:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation <3622> of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
Mt 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Lu 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
2Co 10:8 For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed:
MODIFYING OR CANCELLING A DEBT: FORGIVENESS?
Lu 16:5 So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?
Lu 16:6 And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and SIT DOWN quickly, and write fifty (half = .5 forgiveness, salvation?).
Lu 16:7 Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore (8X10–8 = forgiveness, salvation?).
Pr 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
Mt 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Lu 7:41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
Lu 7:42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?
Mt 18:32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
Mt 18:33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
1Pe 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards <3623> of the manifold grace of God.
COMMENDING: SEAL OF APPROVAL - SALVATION?
Lu 16:8 And the lord commended the unjust steward <3623>, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser (wise, prudent) than (for, above, beyond – worthy to be?) the children of light.
Pr 12:8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
2Co 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
BEFRIENDING THE MAMMON (TREASURE): GIVING AWAY OR LENDING TO THE POOR BY FAITHFULLY SHARING THE GOSPEL?
Lu 16:9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail <1587>, they may RECEIVE YOU into everlasting habitations.
Lu 22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail <1587> not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
Mt 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
1Ti 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
1Ti 6:18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
Lu 16:10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
Lu 16:11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
Lu 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Mt 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
Mt 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
1Ti 6:10 For the LOVE of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
THE PRODIGAL SON: TYPE OF THE UNJUST STEWARD?
Lu 15:11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:
Lu 15:12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
Lu 15:13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there WASTED <1287> his substance with riotous living.
Lu 15:14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
Lu 15:15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
Lu 15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
Lu 15:20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
Lu 15:21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
Lu 15:22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
Lu 15:23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
Lu 15:24 For this my son was dead, and is alive AGAIN; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
The parable of the unjust steward who was commended of God for modifying the debt of the Lord’s debtors appears to be pointing to the redemption of the church in tribulation (elect who were a part of the unclean body (rich)). God calls for the body to be faithful in the unrighteous mammon which seems to relate to putting the riches of the church (gospel) to good use. In doing so, the body forgives debts by properly feeding the flock.