PRINCIPLE OF APPLYING TRUTH 13:12-17. Mysteries of the Kingdom in awe of scripture, viewing it through the lens of the kingship of Jesus. The mysteries would be understood by true disciples, but they would be misunderstood by those who deliberately blinded their eyes and deafened their ears. This refers to stony ground with sufficient soil to allow the seed to sprout but with insufficient depth to allow adequate roots. word ÒmysteriesÓ is very important because it does not mean something kingdom in a physical sense at the second advent. One of the four major nations located on the Northern Continent. revealed in the Old Testament. In this parable, the kingdom of heaven is likened unto leaven hidden in meal (cf. They understood because they were when they said of Christ that He was demon possessed (Matthew 12:24). mysterious but the revealing of some truth that has previously been listen will find the solutions to the deepest problems of life; they will find I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old” (Psalms 78:1-2 Psalms 78:1-2 [1] Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth. Matthew 13: 10-17. read our Bible or face a crisis of life without asking God to give us spiritual England, as no other nation has been nations is more true of individuals. 8:10. The vast We must never A. At this time, they did not understand that there would be an age between the two advents. In Paul’s letters, likewise, leaven represents evil, as in I Corinthians 5:6-8 and Galatians 5:7-10. This is a beautiful setting for instruction on the mysteries taught spiritual truth by the use of parables. What exactly is the Kingdom of God? NOTE: It is interesting to note that from this time should shine unto them. The history of the church has all too accurately fulfilled this anticipation, and the professing church in the world, large and powerful though it may be, is permeated by the leaven of evil which will be judged in the oven of divine judgment at the end of the age. The other four parables are only in Matthew. B. C.         Christ the Pharisees heard it, they said. 1144-45. To make the leaven synonymous with the gospel as a permeating and ameliorating principle in the world may coincide with postmillenialism but does not coincide with this chapter in its presentation of the present age. These are new truths about the kingdom. I would also be so bold as to say that there is probably no one in this second advents of Christ. pulpit, no singing, no choir, no collections but there was power in Christ and the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth Christ did not challenge their assurance, however, but rather told them that if they were truly instructed in these truths, they would be able to bring out of their treasure house of truth things both new and old. gives more truth and light to those who are acting upon the truth that they followers of Christ about the second coming of Christ and events surrounding It becomes apparent, however, that increasingly, the Jews were rejecting these evidences that Jesus was indeed their Messiah and prophesied King. Testament prophets and righteous men sought all their lives and could not grasp The Kingdom of Heaven (a) was a common Jewish expression for the reign of Messiah over an earthly kingdom. majority of them would never be saved because they did not want the truth and hearts to the truth. Since there is no kingdom present, how then are the disciples to live until One NOTE: The Sermon on the God gave them. 61 Zondervan’s Pictorial Dictionary, S. V. “Tares.” Unger’s Bible Dictionary, pp. In each case, the seed is the same, but the difference is in the receptivity of the soil. This parable is not a picture of the universal triumph of the gospel, as the postmillennialists teach; neither is it a fulfillment of an earthly reign where Christ is supreme on earth. More than a dozen such truths are revealed in the New Testament, all following the basic definition of Colossians 1:26, which defines a mystery as that “which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints.” A mystery truth, accordingly, has two elements. side.Ó  So a parable is a The Kingdom of Heaven (a) was a common Jewish expression for Old Testament and had been anticipated for centuries by the Jews. The general situation is the same as the separation of the wheat and the tares and their judgment, described in 13:41-43. This is in contrast to the future millennial kingdom, which Christ will bring at His second coming, which will begin abruptly as a worldwide kingdom, rather than as a product of gradual growth. are told that great multitudes gathered about Jesus. as unto the Lord. After the death of George Augustus III in December 1350, Jevington Augustus was crowned the King of the Kingdom. It is supernaturally bestowed. The parable applying to the kingdom of heaven in its mystery form applies to the professing church which will continue in the world after the true church, the body of Christ, is caught up at the time of the rapture. The mysteries of the kingdom of heaven are hidden in Christ’s parables. Mysteries of the Kingdom “Give ear, O my people, to my law; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. In a sense, unbelievers have sinned away their day of opportunity. Bridgewater, NJ. It But if a man does not act on the truth, The Search Of The Wise Men (Matthew 2:1-12), Christmas Searches: Expository Sermons For Christmas, 3. 236 Tracks. After His temptation, Jesus presented the principles of His coming kingdom in the Sermon on the Mount (chaps. In this parable, the sower sowed the good seed, described as wheat, and the enemy sowed tares, referring to rye grass, the darnel which often grows up with the wheat. Most Protestants find no problem in Mary having other children. When The Sun Finally Rises: Wrestling With The Past (Gen. 32:22-32), 2. The good seeds represented the children of the kingdom, and the tares the children of the wicked one, that is, the devil. The Kingdom is not inaugurated, but the children of the Kingdom continue to live in this world, in anticipation of, and preparation for, the Age to Come (this will be handled in greater detail in another article). In the second parable, Jesus likewise used the figure of a sower, but this time, dealt with the character of the seed rather than its reception. not used is truth lost. people like a magnet because they saw in Him great wisdom and power. During the present age, Israel is a hidden entity in the world, only to emerge at the end of the age as a major factor in the prophetic fulfillment leading up to the second coming of Christ. Kingdom, not salvation, is the Gospel? The judgment is parallel to that described in Matthew 25:31-46, where the sheep are separated from the goats. A.        Christ The mysteries of the kingdom terminate thus in its manifestation. ILLUSTRATION: Muscle Use. Some have noted that the mustard seed described as “the least of all seeds” is not actually the smallest seed, and that this is an error in the Scriptures. When the Sun Sets: Jacob Meets God (Gen. 27:41-28:22). What is the "Sign " of the King's Coming? While the plant included both true believers and those who professed to believe, the mustard plant was distinguished from the birds lodging in its branches which were unbelievers (cf. Christ preached the Sermon on the Mount. It is significant that the kingdom of God is not compared to the second parable, that of the wheat and the tares, as those in the kingdom of God are genuine believers. Some, however, will receive the message, cherish it in their heart, and believe in the truth of the kingdom. kingdom program between the first and second advents? All three aspects, while being operative in a different sphere, are at the same time one kingdom. The birds that devoured the seed by the wayside represented satanic influence, which supports the hardness of the heart that rejects the message. MYSTERIES OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN 13:11. saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. - And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.In St. Matthew we have the Lord's reply given at greater length; the same prophecy of Isaiah which here forms the basis of St. Luke's account of Jesus' reply is given in full. is also true. Accordingly, when additional revelation is given to believers, it is couched in terms that only they will understand. II Cor. you do, you may lose even your desire to know the scriptures. it. This is because they are keys that unlock blessings and victory in your life as you advance God’s Kingdom. So Christ, leaving the glory of heaven, made the supreme sacrifice of dying on the cross in order to make possible the formation of the church. They recalled that He was Joseph’s son and that His brothers and sisters lived among them.67 Again, as in the earlier visit, Christ stated, “A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house” (Mt 13:57). Although Israel is an obvious factor in the world, apart from scriptural revelation, no one would recognize Israel as a treasure, and especially a treasure for which anyone would sell all that he has to buy. that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also comparison or an analogy by taking a common experience of life and setting it ChristÕs kingdom is not physically and This is a fundamental principle of life; it never changes. whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, In biblical times, it was customary to retain a small portion of leavened dough from each batch to mix in with the next batch of dough, thereby leavening the new dough. took place on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, not too far from where 63 R. C. H. Lenski, The Interpretation of Matthew’s Gospel (Minneapolis, 1943), p. 528. A.        Christ The Greek word parable means Òa placing along This argument, however, is invalid. In the world of gems, the pearl is uniquely formed organically. from the multitudes and to reveal truth to the disciples. Parable of the Sower, 13:1-23. Although the interpretation should not be dogmatically held, there is scriptural evidence that what was referred to here was none other than the nation Israel. saved. After concluding His discourse at the Sea of Galilee, Christ went back to Nazareth. it. This helps verse 12 to make perfect sense, as the first part ‘For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath’ ..….. really want to know the truth concerning the Messiah and His Kingdom. B. In the parable, a sower went forth to sow, sowing his seed upon four kinds of earth. that the possibility of this kingdom The concept of a kingdom postponed must be understood as a postponement from the human side and not from the divine, as obviously God’s plans do not change. room who has never heard the gospel of Christ. It is so clear to me but my friend just cannot grasp it!Ó. nations. To be fair, the things of the kingdom of God are not quite as straightforward. therefore became insensitive to the truth. 3. Here, the competition of the thorns was too much, and the young plants were choked out. The seed on the good ground, which brings forth fruit up to an hundredfold, represented the one who not only hears the Word but understands it and lets it bring forth its fruit abundantly. help others come to know Christ as their personal Lord and Savior is, ÒWhy Second, it has to be revealed in the New Testament. The professing church, however, is permeated by evil doctrine, externalism, unbelief, and worldliness, which tend to inflate the church and make it larger in appearance, even as the leaven inflates the dough but actually adds nothing of real worth. simply means that truth must be acted on in order to be Christ returns to establish His kingdom? Everything you receive from God hinges on you knowing Him, knowing His Truth, and walking it out in obedience. Mysteries of the Kingdom presents 20-minute Bible studies that go beyond the milk of the Word to the meat - the deeper truths for the spiritually . Christianity is the one true religion because it is supernatural in The gospel of Matthew began with the proofs that Jesus was indeed the promised Son who would reign on the throne of David (chap. After the Gospel, the apostles taught a foundation. lives and natural men love their sins (John 3:19). They had so rejected the truth that God put a double blindness rather than gaining insight. willing to act upon the truth they had. If you deliberately refuse There is a sense in which the church was formed out of the wounds of Christ and has been made possible by His death and sacrifice. The key to the parable is to determine what the treasure was that was held in the field. 2-3). On the left-hand side of this page you will find a place where you can connect to my new web site, "godscovenantwithabraham.com". The Lord is very direct with us here, ‘to know the mysteries’ has been assigned to we who … 62 C. H. Spurgeon, The Gospel of the Kingdom, p. 104. unknown. It Most people have heard the truth of Christ and His salvation The mysteries of the kingdom, accordingly, deal with the period between the first and second advent of Christ and not the millennial kingdom which will follow the second coming. Yet, bring in the kingdom. The further rejection of Jesus is recorded in chapter 12, climaxing in the charge of the Pharisees that He performed His miracles in the power of the devil. understanding of the Bible but we can have no spiritual understanding until God A vital revelation that Jesus shared on the subject of hearing ad doing is found in Mark 4. hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. canÕt my friend understand the truth of the gospel? The mystery or the thing previously unknown is that the A mystery is not something secret but sacred. The seventh parable, similar in many ways to the parable of the wheat and the tares, summarized the main ideas of the entire chapter. The seed among thorns depicted “the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches” which choke the Word and make it unfruitful (v. 22). We Revelation 5:10: And hearts of all who acknowledge Christ as Lord, Savior, Master and King. they would repent and believe on Christ, the Messiah, who was their king. The human responsibility remains, however, and the rejection of the kingdom from this standpoint caused the postponement of the promised kingdom on earth. depends upon his obedience or disobedience to this principle. What then are the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven? The parables are designed to reveal the mysteries of the kingdom, that is, the present age. This overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. Had enough spiritual milk? Lk 13:20-21). We Here the fish were sorted. NOTE: The whole unsaved world, IV. The thirteenth chapter of Matthew marks a new division in the gospel, in which Jesus addresses Himself to the problem of what will occur when He goes back to heaven as the rejected King. ILLUSTRATION: The principle of use is also true in the physical on our Lord never speaks about the kingdom as Òbeing at hand.Ó  NOTE: The King was present with Those who SEVEN MYSTERIES. Beginning to grow, the new plants withered in the heat of the sun. have never been converted to Christ. The USA has been blessed of God as few the place where he never will believe. The words Òyou,Ó In this study of "The Gospel Of The Kingdom", we have examined... a. spoke in parables to the unsaved multitudes because they had hardened their Why? is important to notice that the possibility of this kingdom Christ and not be impressed. 4:17), and by the Disciples (Matthew 10:7). Humanly speaking, the kingdom, instead of being brought in immediately, was postponed. John F. Walvoord, long-time president of Dallas Theological Seminary, was one of the most prominent evangelical scholars of his generation. In most severe language, Jesus itemized their sinful rejection with severe indictment upon the cities where His mighty works were done. the Holy Spirit can reveal truth to man, and manÕs desire must be that God does Some seed fell on the second type of soil defined as “stony places” (v. 5). NOTE: Christ gave three major discourses in His ministry: The Postmillenarians and amillenarians, like Lenski, usually assume dogmatically that leaven cannot represent evil in this parable, although it is universally used to represent evil in both the Old and New Testaments. Another of the mysteries of the kingdom was the … take your Bible for granted? if he has any truth, it shall be taken from him. Some of the seed fell on the wayside (i.e., the hard-beaten path), where there was no receptivity, and fowls came and devoured it. “THE MYSTERIES OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN” The term “the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven” first appears in the Bible in Matthew chapter 13, when Jesus introduces parables. Scriptural support is given for interpreting the treasure as Israel. The Jews as a whole had cast their lot against Christ and with Satan The Mysteries Of The Kingdom Of God by Olga Hermans . 1:9) looks on to His kingdom and glory (1 Thess. from sin and hell, but they reject it. spoke to the multitudes in parables. If they had believed God, they might have entered the land immediately. What is contingent from the human standpoint, however, is always planned from the divine standpoint. the thousands. reject the truth of Messiah and His kingdom. These parables, then, are in some way related to Christ, the The mysteries of the kingdom, accordingly, deal with the period between the first and second advent of Christ and not the millennial kingdom which will follow the second coming. all true believers in the Messiah. The seed on shallow ground pictured superficial reception of the Word, where the Word does not bear fruit. At the conclusion of the parables, Jesus asked the disciples, “Have you understood all these things?” Amazingly, they replied, “Yea, Lord.” It is rather obvious that they did not understand the parables, except in their general teachings. them. corrected erroneous views held by the Jewish theologians and added new truth in He is considered perhaps the world's foremost interpreter of biblical prophecy.John is perhaps best known for his bestselling work on Bible prophecy, Armageddon... More, 1. In verse 10, His disciples ask Him why He speaks to the multitudes in parables. To guide all faithful Christians beyond the "milk" of the Word (1 Cor. 4:3, 4: But if In this second and last visit to Nazareth, the same rejection occurred, though this time, less violently. What does the leaven represent? level. If you were to take a concordance, you This mustard plant is a species different than the common one used as a condiment. If you desire to be From the divine viewpoint, the plan always included what actually happened. But the reverse truth will be granted more truth by God and that in abundance, but a person who The proclamation of the kingdom b. C.         We do not really want to know the truth because it means they must change their Matthew 10:7: And as ye If you are willing to turn from your old life and follow Christ. The parable of the treasure is linked with the sixth parable, the parable of the pearl, and the final parable of the good and bad fish, as three parables reflecting the divine point of view rather than the historic human point of view, which was presented in the first four parables. God One side effect of the darnel seed is that it is subject to a parasite fungus, which infects seed and is poisonous to both men and beasts.61. This book, the first in the Mysteries of the Kingdom trilogy, is a must read masterpiece that will help you to discover the deep things of God and several spiritual secrets. the hearts of all true believers until Messiah establishes His kingdom. NOTE: This was hardly a formal church service: no 7 parables called the “mysteries of the kingdom” We will start a series of Sunday morning messages entitled “The Mysteries of the Kingdom” “Mystery” in scripture is a previously hidden truth, now divinely revealed, but in which a supernatural element still remains despite the revelation. does not have spiritual truth shall not get more and whatever inklings of truth 65 Richard C. Trench, Notes on the Parables of Our Lord, pp. He is telling us about that through all of the scriptures because He was the Word and the Creator from the beginning. That is why Jesus used the phrase “the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven” in Matt 13:11. The scene of this prophetic sermon of Jesus was the Sea of Galilee. Mysteries, a word used of secret rites of various religious cults, refers to truth that was not revealed in the Old Testament but is revealed in the New Testament. It is more evident than ever in the last third of the twentieth century that the gospel has not permeated the whole world and that evil tends to permeate the entire professing church, which is exactly what Matthew 13 teaches. Do you the most wonderful, dynamic, beautiful person the world has ever produced. Keys of the Kingdom of God. NOTE: The first reason is that he is believers in Christ and they all anxiously await the fulfillment of this THE REVELATION OF THE MYSTERIES OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN . the recipient of the gospel but also has rejected it, and this once great go, preach, saying. This sermon The parables in this chapter are not merely teachings or stories; they are mysteries difficult for people to apprehend. If you are willing to act in simple All A. he might have shall be taken away from him. This kingdom was offered to Israel on the condition that Accordingly, Jesus stated, “Let both grow together until the harvest” (v. 30). King, and His literal earthly kingdom. Most of those who hear the message of the kingdom will reject it. Its formation occurs because of an irritation in the tender side of an oyster. In a sense, they were riddles which required a key, but supplied with the key, the truth became prophetically eloquent. B. Verse 10. It is significant that the net representing the kingdom of heaven as a sphere of profession included all kinds, both wicked and righteous, and that the separation did not come until the end. This final touch, emphasizing His rejection by His own city and His own people, was part of the larger rejection summarized in John 1:11, “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.”, Part Seven Later, after Christ had sent the multitude away (v. 36), the disciples came to Him to ask why He spoke unto them in parables. Christ declared the principle, “For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath” (v. 12). nations have and it is rejecting the gospel and will certainly decline and Further, upon discovery of the treasure, a believer shares it with others rather than hides it. reveals it to us. The fact that Israel is a treasure not recognized by the world and therefore hidden is all too evident today. Matthew 13 is not dealing specifically with the church age, the period between Pentecost and the rapture, but with the entire period of the kingdom in its mystery form, that is, the period between the first and second advents, during which the King is absent and which includes the period between the rapture and the second coming. 1), supported by the visit of the wise men and the early ministry of John the Baptist (chaps. The nation rejected the offer of the According to Exodus 19:5, God declared to Israel, “If ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine.” According to Psalms 135:4, “The Lord hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.”. “The mysteries of the Kingdom” are always shrouded in metaphor but revealed in ordinances to any and all who are ready, willing, and invested. Matthew 4:17: From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at The Old Testament reveals, in clear terms, the earthly reign of Christ when He comes as King to reign on the throne of David (which truths are not mysteries). no earthly kingdom and soon the King would leave them through resurrection and The thought is that it is “very small.” Second, as Lenski points out, “Jesus is speaking of the seeds that were ordinarily planted in ancient gardens, hence the remark that botanists know about many seeds that are still smaller is pointless.”63. fall. Matthew 13 introduces a different form of the kingdom, namely the present spiritual reign of the King during the period He is physically absent from the earth, prior to His second coming. As Luke 13:20-21 brings out, even true believers fall far short of perfection and can embrace to some extent worldliness, externalism, and bad doctrine. Matthew 13 reveals that there are many mysteries related to the kingdom of the heavens. There 4:3, 4). In this parable of the sower, Jesus teaches us how to be fruitful in God’s kingdom and how to avoid being unfruitful. they come to realize that to follow Christ means that one has to change his These parables, then, In modern times, yeast is usually used. Rather, as in preceding parables, it describes the dual line of good and evil, continuing until the time of the end when both the good and evil are judged according to their true character. For want of space, Christ went into a boat and pushed off Foreword Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 . The point is that there is a long background of unbelief and disregard of previous revelation. NOTE: This is true of : The principle of use is also true in the physical about the kingdom. Which Kingdom-Related Word in Scripture is Rarely Translated? C.         Only is reasonable to assume that there are people within the sound of my voice who As Spurgeon comments, “Magistrates and churches may remove the openly wicked from their society; the outwardly good who are unworldly worthless they must leave; for the judging of hearts is beyond their sphere.”62 At the harvest, the tares are gathered first, then the wheat is gathered into the barn. unsaved multitudes to understand the teachings on the mysteries of the Kingdom Mysteries of the Kingdom by Arlen L. Chitwood. reveal truth about the Messianic kingdom that were not In cases where leaven was permitted, they inevitably represented human situations, as the peace offering of Leviticus 7:11-13, and the two loaves anticipating typically the professing church, mentioned in Leviticus 23:15-18. Christ. Matthew 12:24: But when This first parable establishes the basic character of the present age, awaiting the return of the rejected King. The kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ (Rev. Request our free "Mystery of the Kingdom" download today, and learn the truth about: 102-10. A.        Christ Although sometimes the ground was prepared by plowing, in other cases, seed would be sown with no preparation whatever, which seems to be the case in this parable. A common interpretation, such as is advanced in Trench’s work on parables, is that the man who finds the treasure is the believer who finds Christ, with the same interpretation carried over to the merchant who finds the pearl.65 Everyone agrees that Christ is a treasure whom all the world has not discovered, but upon close examination, the interpretation is shallow and unsatisfactory. specifically tells His disciples that He spoke in parables to conceal truth Each rejection of the truth becomes easier until a person can come to This passage serves to distinguish the kingdom of heaven from the kingdom of God which includes only the righteous. This is used as an argument for posttribulationism, or the teaching that the rapture occurs in connection with the establishment of the kingdom. Neither the parable of the wheat and the tares nor the parable of the good and bad fish, as related to the kingdom of God, is mentioned in the other gospels. In the Old Testament, leaven is used consistently to represent evil. Christ loved the church, and the wife is to submit to her husband in all things 182 Followers. A. We are not told exactly how many but it must have been in truth can only be known supernaturally. Jesus likened the state of His wicked generation to a man possessed of eight evil spirits (12:45). What SermonAudio.com - Mysteries of the Kingdom Series. Although left without interpretation, it anticipated that Christendom as a sphere of profession will grow rapidly from a small beginning to an organization with great power and wealth. It was Jesus, therefore, who sold all that He had in order to buy the treasure, Israel, and to purchase it with His own blood (Phil 2:7-8; 1 Pe 1:18-19). Rather it is the period before the return of the King, who was rejected in His first coming. But if we do not principles and the more they obeyed God, the more light What then is the Christians in the church have truth about Christ and His kingdom that the Old If you desire truth, you shall have it! Some will find the expression ÒKingdom of HeavenÓ refers to a literal, earthly level. coming was announced by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:2), by Christ (Matthew Angels were described as separating those who are wicked from among the righteous, the wicked being described as wailing and gnashing their teeth as they were cast into the furnace of fire (Mt 13:50). If they would turn to Christ, then God would most certainly 3:12), when the fruits of the present sowing-time are husbanded. B. It is in keeping with the principle that darkness follows light rejected. their salvation is at stake. Posttribulationists have made much of the order of the judgment described in 13:30, that is, that the tares are gathered first and that later the wheat is gathered into the barn. lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, Revelation 3:21: To him coming was announced by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:2), by Christ (Matthew gone from this world but He reigns as King over your heart and the hearts of already have, but He withholds truth when we are not walking in obedience. earthly kingdom would be postponed and the kingdom would spiritually reign in NOTE: The Old Testament taught the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness At Mysteries of the Kingdom, our Mission is to prepare Christians for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ by teaching the deeper truths of God's Word. It is clear from this parable, as those preceding, that the present age does not end in a postmillennial triumph, with the entire world being Christianized; neither does it fulfill the kingdom promises of the Old Testament nor does it describe the period when all nations will serve the Lord. The facts are, of course, that a believer in Christ has nothing to offer and the treasure is not for sale. Dr. W. A. Criswell. Jesus character. The believer does not buy a field, representing the world, in order to gain Christ. And as if that is not challenging enough, Jesus chose to present these hidden truths of the kingdom in parables, or illustrative and symbolic stories. are two reasons why a person does not understand spiritual truth. Matthew 3:2: And spiritually blind and cannot grasp divine phenomena (II Cor. understanding. While many of the illustrations which Christ used were designed to make plain the truth, parables were intended to reveal the truth only to believers and required explanation in order to understand them. "THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM" The Mysteries Of The Kingdom Revealed INTRODUCTION 1. The mysteries of the Kingdom of God are unknown to many: mysteries that transcend the imagination of man. Because of the great multitudes thronging the shores, Jesus went into a small boat a short distance from the shore, and by this means, was able to command a view of the entire multitude. If the kingdom when the King is gone; and the Olivet Discourse, which tells the know that we are to have Christian homes where the husband loves his wife as We might gain much intellectual Truth rejected or A reasonable conclusion is that the order of events is indeed the destruction of the wicked and the ushering of the righteous to the millennial kingdom. The parable of the mustard seed is also found in Mark 4, where it is related to the kingdom of God. Leah: The Woman No Man Loved But Every Woman Envied (Gen. 29:15-35), 1. The age will include some who believe, many who will not believe. Up operate on these truths, God may remove the blessing from our homes and we The kingdom includes both good and evil. heal them spiritually. Òtheir,Ó and ÒtheyÓ are more than obvious. our Lord quotes from Isaiah 6 to show that it was prophesied that Israel would In the treasure and the pearl are the two major purposes of God for Israel and the church from a spiritual point of view, and His purposes for both are realized, even though there is the dual line of development of good and evil culminating in the second coming of Christ. rather than light, because their deeds were evil. The rejection of Christ by His own people and His subsequent death and resurrection were absolutely essential to God’s program. The earthly manifestation of the your King, and His kingdom? However, both are simultaneous events in fulfillment, although actually the tares are destroyed before the kingdom is brought in fully. In the conclusion of His presentation of the parable of the sower, Jesus made the challenge, “Who hath ears to hear, let him hear” (v. 9). As Tasker expresses it, “Jesus deliberately adopted the parabolic method of teaching at a particular stage in His ministry for the purpose of withholding further truth about Himself and the kingdom of heaven from the crowds, who had proved themselves to be deaf to His claims and irresponsive to His demands… From now onwards, when addressing the unbelieving multitude, He speaks only in parables (34), which He interprets to His disciples in private.”60. lifestyle and most people are not willing to make radical changes, even when "The mysteries of the kingdom of heaven"! Like the third and fourth parable, no explanation is given, and expositors have tended to find support for their overall view of the chapter. the multitudes seemed to sense this. pursue spiritual knowledge and apply it will be given much spiritual blessing. faith, and trust Christ to save you, He will. kingdom would be put in abeyance until the appointed hour of the Father to Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. This has supported the view of many that the kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven are identical, as they are occasionally found in parallel passages. this teaching method of parables or illustrations to communicate truth. This is an important chapter for us to realize that we choose how we hear from God. B. These two forms of the kingdom of heaven need to be distinguished carefully. The Sermon On The Sea, which tells the followers of Christ about the mysteries of 5-7), emphasizing spiritual and moral principles that govern the kingdom of God, but especially as these applied to the prophesied kingdom on earth, which the Messiah-King was to bring when He came. and read our Bibles but if we do not do this we may find ourselves losing truth In the parable, the man was represented as hiding the treasure and selling all he had to buy it. kingdom because they rejected the King. The mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven itself; mysteries kept hidden by God! Because The kingdom of heaven was compared to a large net, described by Lenski as “the largest kind of net, weighed below with corks on top, sweeping perhaps a half mile of water.”66 Because of its large character, the net collects a multitude of different kinds of fish, described in the text as “every kind.” Nets of this size were too large to empty into a boat and had to be drawn to shore. 134-35. 4:17), and by the Disciples. These parables deal with the great spiritual principles that will affect NOTE: The appeal is to their human Stream Tracks and Playlists from Mysteries of the Kingdom on your desktop or mobile device. with Him forever (Revelation 3:21; 5:10). Luke 8:10 says, “Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom … The second reason is that unsaved men and establish His kingdom over this earth and we shall be part of it and reign Christ attracted Christ was the greatest teacher of all time and those who sit at His feet and Hungering for spiritual meat? to use one of your muscles, you will find that soon it will begin to weaken and 1. gospel but rejected it and now they have rank atheism. spiritual truth must come from God. Following the presentation of the principles of the kingdom, in Matthew 8-10, the miracles which served as the prophesied credentials of the King were itemized. Chapter 11 closed with an invitation to individual believers to come unto Him for rest. Many treasures and spiritual golden nuggets are hidden from the surface, waiting to be discovered by you in the vast realm of God’s Kingdom … This familiar operation on the shores of the Sea of Galilee was compared to the judgment at the end of the age. In each case, the “mystery” involved a wonderful declaration of spiritual truth, revealed by … The Greek word translated “smallest” (mikroteron) is actually a comparative and should be translated “smaller,” as it is in the New English Bible and in the New American Standard Bible. The kingdom concept was preached by all the prophets of the Old Testament and had been anticipated for centuries by the Jews. 1,112 talking about this. Sea is composed of seven parables. Sponsor: Leading a Post-COVID Church Free eBook by Thom Rainer - A Past­or's Guide to Min­istry Chall­enges & Opp­ort­un­it­ies Lenski states, for instance, “It is impossible to use leaven in this sense when picturing the kingdom.”64 If the kingdom was all good, this would be true, but the other parables make clear that there are tares among the wheat, bad fish as well as good fish in the net. truth by types: the Epistles teach truth primarily by doctrine, but Christ They were ÒblessedÓ or ÒhappyÓ because they were operating on divine NOTE: What is true of In this chapter are presented in the seven parables the mysteries of the kingdom. The parable emphasized that the church has been made possible by the merchant who sold all that He had to secure the great pearl. In the New Testament, leaven was used by Christ of the externalism of the Pharisees, of the unbelief of the Sadducees, and of the worldliness of the Herodians, and in general of evil doctrine (Mt 16:6-12; Mk 8:14-21). responsibility. Christ built upon the Old Testament, 1: 18-19). Spiritual The rapture is not in view at all. In the interpretation in Matthew 13:36-43, when the disciples later privately asked Jesus concerning the meaning of this parable, He identified the field as the world, the sower as the Son of man who sowed the good seed, the enemy as the devil who sowed the tares. The nature of the kingdom c. The establishment of the kingdom d. The blessings of the kingdom e. The entrance into the kingdom According to the scriptures, these mysteries are not hidden to everyone; they’re revealed to a select few. With this as a background, chapter 13 faces the question, What will happen when the rejected king goes back to heaven and the kingdom promised is postponed until His second coming? The situation is parallel to the judgment of the nations in 25:31-46. "The Mystery of the Kingdom" Some notes on concepts from G.E. Obviously Christ did not want the disciples who were born of GodÕs Spirit did understand spiritual truth. Russia and China had the In Matthew 13:18-23, the parable of the sower is explained. This chapter, accordingly, does not only introduce a new subject and a new approach but also involves a new method of teaching, namely that of parables. 3.“The mysteries of the kingdom of heaven” cannot be understood without first recognizing Jesus as the Messiah and as the One would bring the Kingdom of Heaven to men. The kingdom concept was preached by all the prophets of the Ladd . V.         THE The righteous who remain after the wicked are gathered out are able to enter into the kingdom. from the shore a few feet and talked with the people. If you want to know along side the truth in order to illustrate spiritual truth. NOTE: The thirteenth chapter of Matthew is written to show how His disciples, however, were to be blessed by this new revelation which was not revealed to the prophets and the righteous men of old but was now being revealed to them (Mt 13:17). It may be compared to the situation at Kadesh-Barnea, when the children of Israel, bound for the promised land, because of unbelief, had their entrance postponed for forty years. John 3:19: And this is of IsraelÕs rejection of Christ, the Messianic kingdom would be postponed. literally on this earth at them moment, but it is here spiritually in the In the parable, the meal represented that which is good, as it was made from wheat and not from tares. We will discover later that the nation of the most common questions asked me by sincere Christians who are trying to Matthew 12:24: But when The parable of the leaven is found in Luke 13:20-21. The “mysteries of the kingdom of heaven” spoken in encrypted parables taught the timing and entry into the coming kingdom for Israel. Matthew 10:7: And as ye To some extent, evil will extend even to the kingdom of God, which includes the body of true believers in the church as well as those who come to Christ after the rapture. This web site includes many of my papers on the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. Some have found it difficult to harmonize the concept that truth is revealed in such a way that unbelievers cannot understand it. have entitled Matthew 13 the Sermon On The Sea. D.        Then This e-book—“The Mystery of the Kingdom”—helps cut through the confusion of conflicting ideas and provides understanding about the amazing truths of the coming Kingdom of God! The kingdom is in the hearts of true until this point in His ministry, Christ had not used a parable but now He uses the reign of Messiah over an earthly kingdom. The Language most commonly spoken is Loenese. Even among evangelical Christians, there are those who question whether Israel is an important biblical nation today with a prophetic future. Jesus is telling us how we can obtain the promise of that kingdom in the scriptures. THE Only Matthew records seven parables. In this parable, the same thought was presented as in the preceding one; only here, the pearl seemed to represent the church rather than Israel. The good fish were gathered into the vessel. over them so they could not understand the truth. In sacrifices, which represent Jesus Christ, such as the unleavened bread on the table of shewbread, no leaven was permitted. Unless God grants truth, we can never understand. our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In This confirms the previous definition of a mystery as a truth not revealed in the Old Testament but now revealed in the New Testament. The Sermon on the Mount accordingly contained timeless truths always applicable, some truths that were immediately applicable to Christ’s day on earth, and some truths that were to have their fulfillment in the millennial kingdom. most who are initially attracted to Christ never truly become converted because First, it has to be hidden in the Old Testament and not revealed there. NOTE: Thousands of people are attracted to Christ because He is In His earlier visit, recorded in Luke 4:16-29, although some commended His gracious words (v. 22), others challenged His claim to be a prophet, and, when rebuked by Christ, attempted to throw Him over a cliff (vv. reveal truth to him. [2] I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: What do you know about Christ, like Israel, has rejected the King, Jesus Christ, but ChristÕs kingdom is not 60 R. V. G. Tasker, The Gospel According to St. Matthew, pp. of Israel as a whole had become dull of spiritual understanding and did not Accordingly, in chapter 11, His rejection and the postponement of the kingdom were anticipated. There is some indication in Scripture, however, that the kingdom of heaven emphasizes the professing character of the kingdom as including unbelievers who look like believers, as illustrated in the tares, in contrast to the kingdom of God, containing only true believers. The scene of this prophetic sermon of Jesus was the Sea of Galilee. E.         The of Heaven. His explanation was that it was proper for them, His disciples, to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to the people who were largely unbelieving, it was not. At some future time, known only to God, Christ will return to this earth answers for time and eternity. forgiveness of sins and eternal life. Sermon on the Mount, which tells the followers of Christ how to live; The B. No one can read about the life of While they stood, He sat in the boat in the role of a religious teacher. This particular text suggests that inner aspect of the Christian teachings where Christianity and the ancient traditions find a common meeting-ground, in contradistinction to the various theological doctrines which have grown with the centuries. The second parable, as a whole, makes clear the dual line of development within the sphere of profession, with the true believer not clearly identified until the time of judgment. progressive revelation. Yet as we trace the gospel narratives, it is clear that Jesus came with a special purpose of redeeming Israel, although at the same time He reconciled the world unto Himself. ChristÕs kingdom program is to be carried out when the King is absent from Putting Matthew and Mark together, the conclusion can be reached that both the number of true believers (the kingdom of God) as well as the sphere of profession in the present age (the kingdom of heaven) will grow rapidly. It would have required much more perspective, the clear revelation of the present age, and, to some extent, perspective of history, for them to have really understood these parables. The reapers were identified as the angels; the time of the harvest was “the end of this world,” or more properly translated, “the consummation of this age.” The judgment was described as a work of the angels gathering out of the kingdom of the Son of man any that would offend, and casting them into a furnace of fire. Christ said, if you have knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom you will receive more in abundance. ascension. The answer is twofold. not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. 67 While Protestants generally have held that Mary had children by Joseph subsequent to the birth of Jesus, Roman Catholics have denied this, as the brothers and sisters could have been children of Joseph’s by an earlier marriage, or could even be cousins. then are the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven? The mysteries of God are the things that the wise and prudent so often turn aside from — they take them as matters of course; and many besides the wise and prudent, many fools likewise, many who are wise in their own eyes — let me say all who are wise in their own conceits. The reader is reminded that the Kingdom of God is in three aspects, (1) Kingdom of God the Father (King over all creation), (2) Kingdom of God the Holy spirit (King over all the new creation), (3) Kingdom of God the Son (King over all the re-creation). THE MYSTERIES OF THE KINGDOM – TO ‘YOU’ IT HAS BEEN GIVEN – By Bob Blase “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God…” Lk. THEY WILL SEE HIM COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY. An individualÕs advance or regression in spiritual matters shall find ourselves losing truth rather than gaining it. As this parable makes plain, there is no anticipating in the present age that there will be universal reception of the truth, as postmillenarians teach. nation is declining economically, morally and politically. 2. sets forth a principle that never changes – a person who has spiritual As far as the order of events is concerned, in the seventh parable, where the good and bad fish are separated, the order is reversed with the good gathered first. Jesus spoke of “the mystery of the kingdom of God” (Mark 4:11, NAS) that He was at that point revealing to His disciples. The parables of the sower and mustard seed are found in Mark 4:1-9, 13-20, 30-32, and in Luke 8:5-15. Their unbelief barred mighty works such as had occurred elsewhere. The fourth soil receiving the seed was described as “good ground” (v. 8), bringing forth seed up to one hundredfold. Accordingly, Christ stated that He spoke in parables that the unbelievers might not understand and would thereby fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah 6:9-10, that the people would not hear the message. Some seed fell among thorns, that is, soil that was good enough but full of weeds. The concept of the church as a living organism, composed of living stones which are added each time a believer is saved, was an apt portrayal of the formation of the true church in the present age, and made clear that this is one of the major purposes of God in the interadvent period. kingdom all other places in the Book of Matthew. go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. atrophy, and that muscle you have is taken away or rendered totally inoperative. A ministry dedicated to teaching the deeper truths of God's Word. If you long for The apostle Paul used the word mystery 21 times in his Epistles. NOTE: Christ was s simple They are mysteries, just as human life, the human spirit, and the psychological heart are mysteries. for various reasons but they were not converted. In this parable, the kingdom of heaven was compared to the small mustard seed which became such a large plant that birds were able to lodge in its branches. A. B. The fulfillment of the prophetic truth in this parable will occur at the second coming of Jesus Christ, when the world is judged and the kingdom instituted. retained. The multitudes were attracted to Christ Those that were bad, or for any reason unusable, were cast back into the sea. 15: 3-4), and forward in maturity to the "meat" of the Word (Eph. It was founded by Augustus Familyin the4th Epoch,After the Trunsoest Empire destroyed. teacher and He used the Old Testament constantly in His teaching. 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