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Who do the four servants represent in the parable of the servants in Luke 12?

If Jesus is the Master, it seems they would all represent believers. Unbelievers would not be serving Jesus. Only the fourth servant does not know the Master's will. Perhaps a believer that has not studied the Bible. What do you think?

Luke 12:40 - 48

ESV - 40 You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. 41 Peter said, "Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?

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Mini Cindy Jennings Disciple
The first servant in verse 42 is the believer. The other servants are unbelievers. The servant in verse 45 is wicked and cruel. The third servant is still an unbeliever, but knows God's will and ignores it. The last servant is an unbeliever, just ignorant of what God wants from us (ignorance is no excuse for unbelief).

Basically, this parable is teaching that there will be varying degrees of punishment in hell. It's still all bad but the worst of the worst will be reserved for those like the servant in verse 45.

Matt 10:13-15, 11:22, 24; Mark 6:11, Heb 10:29 all point to levels of punishment in hell for the unbeliever.

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