I've tried searching for this and didn't find a standalone thread on it. Did a little reading on the net via google search. I am prompted to ask this in light of some other discussons elsewhere on the forum that I been following, namely salvation by grace and faith alone in the completed work of Christ on the cross in contrast to Lordship Salvation, or otherwise salvation as evidenced by good works. This parable is not the only one I have in mind, but figure it is very clear on the outcome of the servant who failed to work and produce gain.13 “Therefore stay alert, because you do not know the day or the hour. 14 For it is like a man going on a journey, who summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The one who had received five talents went off right away and put his money to work270 and gained five more. 17 In the same way, the one who had two gained two more. 18 But the one who had received one talent went out and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money in it. 19 After a long time, the master of those slaves came and settled his accounts with them. 20 The one who had received the five talents came and brought five more, saying, ‘Sir, you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ 21 His master answered, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful in a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 The one with the two talents also came and said, ‘Sir, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more.’ 23 His master answered, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 Then the one who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Sir, I knew that you were a hard man, harvesting where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered, ‘Evil and lazy slave! So you knew that I harvest where I didn’t sow and gather where I didn’t scatter? 27 Then you should have deposited my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received my money back with interest! 28 Therefore take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten. 29 For the one who has will be given more, and he will have more than enough. But the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 30 And throw that worthless slave into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth’” (Matthew 25:13-30).
One response I read in an article states the third servant wasn't saved in the first place, hence the third servant's faulty view of God and empty productivity. I'm also pre-empting that this parable will be explained as not being directed toward Christians, the Bride of Christ, prior to the rapture of the church but to those who come to believe afterward, perhaps as indicated by the relationship between servant and master, by contrast to children and heavenly Father. I'm not really sure either of these satisfy the meaning of the parable, though I'm all for reading some good explanations.
I understand that any saved Christian, born again from the Lord with righteousness imputed to him/her, will have a change of mind and heart, that will lead to actions that could be considered works. However I also understand that no saved Christian will ever attain perfect sanctification this side of heaven. That every saved Christian will still sin until the day this corruptible flesh is put away with the incorruptible. But, as this parable demonstrates, the salvaton of the servants was dependent upon the works they had done for their master - and not just any works, but profitable works, and not by faith alone.
So my question is, if salvation is by faith in Christ' work alone, His finished work on the cross by grace and that not of ourselves, then how does this parable apply to us as believers?