Summary: A parable contains a truth concealed that only the Holy Spirit can reveal. The key to every parable is the illumination of the Holy Spirit in a receptive heart. Is there somebody that can
Suppose I could offer you the secret of obtaining millions of dollars. How excited would you be? How would it change your life?
Every day we find somebody offering some secret to some kind of riches. The sad thing is, there are enough gullible people in our world to keep these scams going on and on forever. Just flash a dollar bill in front of somebody, and you have his or her attention.
On the other hand, what if you had at your disposal $1 million that needed to be spent each day or you would lose it? Every day you had $1 million that had to be spent that day, how would it change your life?
Wouldn’t it be silly to live on $1.99 each day?
That sounds ridiculous and it would be hard to find somebody who would live that way. Yet, Christians do it all the time. They have at their disposal untold wealth and yet they live like paupers.
I am not necessarily speaking of money, because too often money is more of a curse than anything else. But there is wealth at our disposal that we have yet to discover.
When we come to the parables of Jesus in the gospel of Luke, we will discover the kind of life Jesus put at our disposal as believers. Every parable reveals some aspect of kingdom living.
A parable contains a truth concealed that only the Holy Spirit can reveal. The key to every parable is the illumination of the Holy Spirit in a receptive heart.
Jesus, speaking of John the Baptist as being Elijah said, “He that has ears to hear, let him hear” (Matthew 11:15).
Then in the book of Revelation Jesus said to each of the churches, “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches…”
This hearing is a spiritual perception. Only those who have been born again with the Holy Spirit residing in them have the capacity to hear with understanding.
Spiritual truth is not accessible to the natural mind.
The apostle Paul explains this in 1 Corinthians 2:14-16.
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”
When we look at these parables, we will be noting several layers. The outer layer, the shell, is a simple story that anybody can understand. It may even have moral implications. But there are other layers that can only be penetrated by the work of the Holy Spirit within us.
The best preparation for studying the parables of Jesus is to be born again. If we are not born again Christians, we will never penetrate the purpose of any of these parables.
The main thing we want to emphasize during this series has to do with Dynamic Living under Kingdom Authority. This is the over arching theme of all of the parables. In these parables, we will discover the principles of kingdom living which will enable us to live the kind of life Jesus intended us to live.