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Christ invites us to three meals in this passage: the Passover, the meal of His body and His blood, and the heavenly feast to come. And our lives are called to live in response and in anticipation through our lives of service.
In this parable, we see a picture of our lives, awaiting the return of our King. The citizens present a picture of those who refuse to submit to the King. But in the first two servants, we see their faithfulness with the minas the nobleman gives, and in them, we see our call to use our gifts faithfully to bear fruit.
How would our lives be different if we believed Christ were our victorious king? Psalm 110 proclaims the power of Christ's victory, giving us life and the freedom to serve joyfully.
In Paul's ministry at Thessalonica and Berea, we see two responses to the Gospel. People treasure the Gospel or are threatened by it. The invitation to follow Christ is an invitation to lay down our lives, to treasure the Gospel.
Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. The Gospel liberates us from burdensome requirements, and yet, in this passage, we see that the Church is called to certain requirements to show love for each other.
We see throughout the Book of Acts that the Holy Spirit always accomplishes the purpose of spreading the Gospel, and that He works through His people. And so we are then called to put our confidence in the Holy Spirit as we seek to make disciples in whatever context we find ourselves; we need to acknowledge our own brokenness and put our dependence on Him knowing the Gospel will prevail.
In this story of Simon the Magician and Philip, we see the unrivaled power of the Gospel that reveals our depravity, our need, and our sin. The Gospel exalts Christ and we're called to cling to it in humility.