Kingdom Secrets Taken From Calloused

Friends,
Remember when Jesus told the parable about the sower? It can be found at the beginning of all these: Matt. 13, Mark 4, and Luke 8. But have you noticed the surrounding contexts? While teaching about the four types of hearts that the seed (the Word of God) fell on, Jesus also spoke about those that close their ears to the Word, those who pretend to accept it but won’t obey it, and those who think they understand, but do not. I view this last category as the most sobering. Because though these types of people may not be blatantly rebelling, they have instead, by their own foolishness, fallen prey to deception.

In Matt. 13:11-15 Jesus says, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him… ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding… For this people’s heart has become calloused…'”

It is a sad and known fact that pew-sitters go, week after week, to hear the Word of God, but the majority do not put it into practice. They have all sorts of excuses, some seemingly legitimate, but because of their habitual neglect, God says they will soon become so calloused that they will not perceive what they are hearing. And worse than that, thinking they have knowledge about the kingdom of heaven –yet having none or only a little– they will have ALL the knowledge taken away from them. Why? Because in retaining only little or none, or little mixed with error, they will be sent the strong delusion for refusing to love the truth (2 Thes. 2:10-12), and will thus end up without salvation. For the Word of God is very clear: Only “he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” (Jesus’ words in Matt. 24:13; and yes, he is speaking about faith –THE faith– in Him.)

“Therefore consider carefully how you listen,” Jesus says in Luke 8:18. “Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he THINKS HE HAS will be taken from him.” This is not about material possessions. Jesus is speaking about knowledge of His kingdom which comes from the Word of God (the sower’s seed), who is Jesus (John 1:1,14), who is the Light of the world. (John 8:12)

Let’s take note that just two verses before this one mentioned above from Luke, Jesus says, “No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.” (Luke 8:16) And Mark’s account also puts the context order like this: The parable of the sower, the explanation of it, then immediately, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? …Consider carefully what you hear… Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.” (Mark 4:21-25)

Friends, the Light is Jesus and the Word. We are to shine Him and His Word everywhere; and to be able to do so correctly –without falsehoods mixed in– we must know both! And when we truly know both, our obedience will in turn prove that we do. For in this same context –in all three accounts– Jesus also, when someone mentioned to Him that His mother and brothers were wanting to speak with Him, said, “Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3:35) Or as Luke puts it, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s Word and put it into practice.” (Luke 8:21)

Indeed, just hearing God’s Word –or even acknowledging that it is true– is NOT an “admittance ticket” into Heaven. No, for ONLY those who have much knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom, those who know Jesus in a close way, those who seek the treasure and don’t quit, those who find and abide in what they find… They are the ones who Jesus will call “a part of the family of God.”

Don’t be left out. Open your ears. Tear off the blinders from your eyes. Humble your heart. Seek God.

Where is the ONLY place to seek God? It’s through Christ Jesus.

And where is the ONLY place to seek Jesus and the knowledge of His kingdom?

In God’s Word –the Holy “Scriptures, which are able to make you wise unto salvation…” (2 Tim. 3:15)

Nothing else will.

“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring Word of God.” (1 Peter 1:23) May it be so.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on December 6, 2009.

 
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