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Summary: Let us remember that unless we use what we have we will eventually lose our understanding of God’s will and truth. It is a basic, fundamental law of life. That is the great principle upon which God operates to govern human lives and human history. "To him

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Isaiah 65:2.Reasons Why The Kingdom of God Remains a Mystery (A Hidden Truth) To Many

1. Truth is only understood when it is perceived through spiritual eyes. (I Cor. 2:14-16) Unless a person has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ they will consider the talk about the kingdom of God as foolishness.

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2. Christ is the key to understanding the kingdom of God. Only those who have a relationship with Christ through saving faith will begin to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God. As Paul wrote, “In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Col. 2:3) Only those who are willing to study, follow and submit to Christ will be given the insight to know Christ and His kingdom’s phenomenon more fully. Let us understand some of the reasons why Jesus chose to speak in parables about the kingdom of God in Matthew 13:4-58:

Then the disciples came and said to him, "Why do you speak to them in parables?" And he answered them, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to him who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. With them indeed is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which says:

’you shall indeed hear but never understand,

and you shall indeed see but never perceive.

For this people’s heart has grown dull,

and their ears are heavy of hearing,

and their eyes they have closed,

lest they should perceive with their eyes,

and hear with their ears,

and understand with their heart,

and turn for me to heal them.’

But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. Truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it." {Matt 13:10-17 RSV}

A. Here we find a key principle that helps us understand how God acts through the events of human history. This is precisely what Jesus is teaching us through these parables. A person cannot understand what is happening in current events nor in the whole scope of history unless you understand this principle. It is not only the principle by which God judges nations and determines the course of international events, but it is the principle by which he governs what happens to individuals as well.

B. The disciples asked why Jesus spoke in parables because they were puzzled, perplexed and curious to know the secrets of their Master’s teaching. Only when people are genuinely willing to learn from the Lord are they ready to receive what God wants to teach them.

Then the disciples came and said to him, "Why do you speak to them in parables?" And he answered them, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given." {Matt 13:10-11 RSV}


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