They would start to ‘beat their fellow slaves’ in a verbal way, opposing them and their work of proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom. In these “last days” there are some of such who constitute a class that, according to their conduct, do not recognize the invisible presence of Christ and do not discern and acknowledge that the time is at hand for his coming to destroy the world system of things.
This ‘beating their fellow slaves’ in a verbal way would be because they wanted to dominate or exercise power over others. They desired a high position so that they would be looked up to. But they could not achieve their ambition. Christ would not let any such disloyal ones have domination over or break up his congregation and stop the work it is doing. Instead, on inspection, Christ would “cut asunder” such ones, cutting such individuals off from the “faithful and discreet slave” class.
Though Christ described the conduct that would characterize disloyal ones, he certainly did not foreordain them to be such. They take the course of disloyalty according to their own free will and desires. They are similar to the “wicked and sluggish slave” of the parable of the talents. (Matt. 25:24-30) They are disloyal, unfaithful ‘stewards’ and therefore cannot remain in Christ’s ‘household staff’ of “domestics.” (Matt. 24:45) The Christianity of such ones turns out to be hypocritical and they belong with the religious hypocrites of Christendom. In fact, some of them actually have returned to belief in the false doctrines of Christendom, such as the Trinity, immortality of the human soul and literal torment in an everlasting ‘hellfire.’ Some have allied themselves with Christendom’s churches and their efforts to oppose Jehovah’s witnesses in preaching the good news.
Among the hypocrites of Christendom these disloyal ones find no real spiritual pleasure and they must share the experiences of those hypocrites. As for such an evil “slave,” “there is where his weeping and the gnashing of his teeth will be,” Jesus said. (Matt. 24:51) Their expressions are not those of true repentance, but are those of vexation and disappointment, a “sadness of the world” that “produces death.” (2 Cor. 7:10) They have no desire to associate or work with the “faithful and discreet slave” in true service to the Master.