© Carlos Padilla, November 2017



14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 25:11-30.


The “Parable of the Talents” is one of our Lord Yahshua spiritual teachings that should be taught frequently and learned and applied to the life of every Christian. Although the meaning of the talents can be interpreted literally, what is relevant in this parable is the intention of the Lord Jesus Christ when teaching it, which covers beyond the meaning of the word “talent”. The two questions to answer then would be: What is a talent, the one that the Lord Jesus means in His parable, and what is a talent symbolically and applied with reference to what it can cover its meaning for the personal and Christian growth that the Master is teaching us here?


The word talent (Gk. Taulaton, Heb. Kikkar; “round”, “oval”; 1 Ki. 9:14) Diccionario Bíblico Ilustrado, Vilá-Escuaín. Pg. 930.  Is a unit of wait used, amongst other things, to weigh silver and gold, and in use in times of Jesus Christ, although used by different nations since previous centuries, so it is therefore a reference to both Greeks and Hebrews.

If we go to the Text of the parable, we find that it starts talking about a man that went far and delivered his goods to his servants. We are talking of a business in the sense of finance, about asset management. If that man is Christ, who has gone to receive His kingdom and return, (the second coming) it tells us that He has delivered His goods, those here, to His servants: the Church. Obviously the goods that Yahshua has here are far greater in meaning than a talent of silver or gold. About 58kg of gold, would be equivalent to a talent and would have a value today of about a million and a half dollars. 


On the other hand it says that He gave to each according to their capacity. To the first he gave five talents, two to another and one to another. Knowing that He returns at the end and will reckon with all of us what we have done with those talents, consider that the first two obtained 100% profit, but the third hid it, excusing himself and accusing the Lord; a clear proof of lack of faith. And we know the rest of the parable about the end of each of the three servants. Now, the Lord provides all of us Christians with a principal gift, which is faith. If we play on words which many studies and commentaries about this parable have avoided, a talent is a gift, a present, the key talent to all the others is the Gospel. The third servant hid it; hid the faith, does not preach, nor helps, does nothing, simply lives his life not serving the Gospel, without testifying of Christ, without sharing the message of salvation. Maybe just goes to church and participates of some yearly celebration, but, is it a true Christian? “Ye shall know them by their fruits”, Matthew 7:16. The first two, on the contrary use all the talents they have received for their Lord.


Many think they have no talents from Christ, no gifts, nor capacities from the Spirit, they do not even believe in the power of the Gospel, nor do they believe they can win any for Christ by sharing their experience of faith and inviting them to hear preaching or to a Bible Christian meeting. In the same way when one does not know what talent, capacity or gift Christ has given us, is for two reasons. The first one is because we do not believe that our life has any relevance, nor our natural capacities, nor our resources, no matter how scarce they may be and we do not consider ourselves worthy of Yahshua; however we have been made to the image and likeness of God and have natural talents, therefore if one does not have all the hope now, or does not feel capable now, it can support those who do, whether missionaries, pastors, brethren, etc. The second is in the field of the gifts received after conversion, and here, if someone does not know which ones it has is due to a lack of prayer, a lack of time with God and His Word. Others want to have all the talents, the five of them, but God who is the wisest, may only provide two.


The question is what we do with our lives, resources, and talents from birth, relationships, education, finances, and with all the gifts of the Spirit, for we have received all from God. What we do with our life and how we invest it or not, is the key of this parable. If we can do, let’s do, if we cannot do, let’s help those who can. We are not talking of our salvation, but of a life that goes beyond ourselves and gives the love of Yahshua.


Who, being a true Christian will live without using his resources for Christ, whether to give testimony of His work in his life, or to preach to others, to help others and to give glory to God?





We have been talking about talents and gifts, and many will say they are not the same. It may be understood that a talent is from birth and gift is from the second birth, from the Spirit, and that only a Christian has a gift. We should be more specific. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are only in possession of Christians because they are for the glory of God. These gifts are usually called charismas. The talents and the natural gifts may be used for the daily life, but also to serve God. Can a gift be a talent? What talents the parable is referring to?


In 1 Co. 12:8-10 we have the list of gifts of the Spirit, which are supernatural capacities received by Christians according to their ministry in the Church, to which God calls them. These are evident because they were not there before conversion, while capacities from birth were there before. For instance: if a Christian has a musical talent, it was there before and may use it now for worship, but, is it possible that someone that had no musical capacity before suddenly receives a gift of worship? Another, more definitive example would be the gift of discerning spirits, of tongs or of interpretation of these, or of prophecy, healing, miracles. I have also heard some who thought they had these capacities before, but really they were sensorial matters that do not proceed from the Spirit nor were dedicated to holy things of God. Let us not be deceived: “Prove all things; hold fast that which are good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21.





With these talents and gifts we can see how we give Fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 4:22.


If we give fruit of the Spirit we are bringing to the King of kings, the fruits of having “negotiated” with the talent or talents received. When the Lord returns He will say to us: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: ...enter thou into the joy of thy lord”.


On the other hand, the gifts of the church are also the people that God gives for its care and growth, amongst which and with which live brotherly. Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers and brotherly friends. Ro. 12:8-8, 1 Co. 12:28-30, Eph. 4:11 + 12 & 13. Some of these gifs, like the apostles are no longer, for we don’t see who have in them miracles and healings or resurrection of dead people to whom they want and in any case, though God today continues to do miracles directly or through His people, because He is not limited by anyone and operates in His only will.


The ladder of gifts of God in 2 Peter 1 shows us a list of capacities that the Spirit is working on us for our spiritual growth, but it is each Christian who must pray and seek in their intimacy with God, which one, or ones, are the gifts that the Holy Spirit has given us, capacities that are not from birth but that are received when one believes in Christ our Lord and saviour, when receiving Him truly in the heart which is the new birth. As we said before, the gift of the Spirit is different than the natural gift or talent which is a capacity. We usually talk colloquially about being gifted for something within our daily conversation, like a gift for the people, or a gift for music, etc. which we will do well in putting them to the service of God. But the gifts of the Spirit are only acquired when God gives them after receiving the gift of faith, which is by the grace of God. See the list of Peter:




Once this point is clear, it is also important to mention that though there is a difference between the capacities from birth and the gifts of the Spirit, both can be used for life and to serve God and the Church, and therefore give fruit of the Spirit. To close we should also remember that there are gifts of the Spirit that are without a doubt to serve God only, like the gift or discerning spirits, the gift of miracles, the gift of healing, the gift of tongs, of interpretation of tongs, the gift of prophecy. The last matter I leave to the reader as it is inside the matters of the church. Which of the gifts of the Holy Spirit from the list of 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 are operating today?





We all receive one gift, one talent of great value which is the Gospel, and if we believe it we have the gift of faith, which is supernatural, but if we do not share it we do not give fruit of the Spirit, and the Lord cannot give us two, nor five. We cannot live thinking of when we will have more talents, but share the message and give testimony and/or help those who have these ministries. First, the Lord will see what we do with the gift of faith and the Gospel. Then we must apply the parable of the talents to our life and to the ministry in all aspects of both, with all our capacities and gifts and talents of the Holy Spirit that God has given us, which we must find out by prayer and spending time with God, and putting them at His disposition.


Let us be like the two first servants and use 100% of the resources that God has given us for His glory, not for ourselves and let us wait to His return to give Him the obtained fruit and to enter into the joy of our beloved Lord. Amen!



  • For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Prophecy of Isaiah 9:6.

  • I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6. Words of Yahshua - Jesus Christ.
  • You want to know God, but you know the way is not through organized religion, nor by sects, nor by society. The world has failed. ...I pray for them;  I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours... John 17:9. Prayer of Yahshua - Jesus Christ.

  • If you really seek God, begin today the new life though the true hand of God. The Gospel is the message for all nations, no matter their race, their origins or culture. God is the saviour of those from humanity who open their hearts to Him.

  • ...Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.  1Corinthians 15:58.

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