Q. My question is under what circumstances will a believer hear the words from our Lord, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant?” Is this a statement made to all believers or only some based on how well they lived the christian life? I am interested in you thoughts on this.
A. The phrase, “Well done, good and faithful servant” appears 3 times in the New Testament, all in the time just after the 2nd Coming when Tribulation believers will be commended for remaining faithful during the preceding Great Tribulation. Two are contained in Matt. 25:14-30, the parable of the talents, and the other is in Luke 19:11-27, the parable of the 10 minas . If you’re part of the Church, you won’t hear this from the Lord because it’s His faithfulness that preserves you, not your own.