NOTE: The appeal is to their human 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. PRINCIPLE OF APPLYING TRUTH 13:12-17. In Paul’s letters, likewise, leaven represents evil, as in I Corinthians 5:6-8 and Galatians 5:7-10. Some, however, will receive the message, cherish it in their heart, and believe in the truth of the kingdom. no earthly kingdom and soon the King would leave them through resurrection and He is telling us about that through all of the scriptures because He was the Word and the Creator from the beginning. kingdom because they rejected the King. 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. Jesus The parable of the leaven is found in Luke 13:20-21. 1,112 talking about this. the Pharisees heard it, they said. No one can read about the life of In this chapter are presented in the seven parables the mysteries of the kingdom. the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth 3. this teaching method of parables or illustrations to communicate truth. 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. 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. understanding. Matthew 3:2: And In a sense, unbelievers have sinned away their day of opportunity. if he has any truth, it shall be taken from him. 23-29). Verse 10. Dr. W. A. Criswell. Some have found it difficult to harmonize the concept that truth is revealed in such a way that unbelievers cannot understand it. 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). At this time, they did not understand that there would be an age between the two advents. THE the hearts of all true believers until Messiah establishes His kingdom. 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. The kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ (Rev. THEY WILL SEE HIM COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY. 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 . unknown. of Israel as a whole had become dull of spiritual understanding and did not 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. In the Old Testament, leaven is used consistently to represent evil. then are the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven? We must never This mustard plant is a species different than the common one used as a condiment. If they had believed God, they might have entered the land immediately. Their unbelief barred mighty works such as had occurred elsewhere. The Search Of The Wise Men (Matthew 2:1-12), Christmas Searches: Expository Sermons For Christmas, 3. already have, but He withholds truth when we are not walking in obedience. “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. The answer is twofold. What is contingent from the human standpoint, however, is always planned from the divine standpoint. MYSTERIES OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN 13:11. But if we do not Old Testament and had been anticipated for centuries by the Jews. 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. NOTE: Christ gave three major discourses in His ministry: The God gave them. The first reason is that he is 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. simply means that truth must be acted on in order to be 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. from the shore a few feet and talked with the people. 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. Accordingly, when additional revelation is given to believers, it is couched in terms that only they will understand. John F. Walvoord, long-time president of Dallas Theological Seminary, was one of the most prominent evangelical scholars of his generation. 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. In this parable of the sower, Jesus teaches us how to be fruitful in God’s kingdom and how to avoid being unfruitful. NOTE: It is interesting to note that from this time he might have shall be taken away from him. 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. 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. But if a man does not act on the truth, The nature of the kingdom c. The establishment of the kingdom d. The blessings of the kingdom e. The entrance into the kingdom "The mysteries of the kingdom of heaven"! pulpit, no singing, no choir, no collections but there was power in Christ and The gospel of Matthew began with the proofs that Jesus was indeed the promised Son who would reign on the throne of David (chap. 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. are two reasons why a person does not understand spiritual truth. 61 Zondervan’s Pictorial Dictionary, S. V. “Tares.” Unger’s Bible Dictionary, pp. Christ attracted In the world of gems, the pearl is uniquely formed organically. 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. 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. kingdom program between the first and second advents? word ÒmysteriesÓ is very important because it does not mean something like Israel, has rejected the King, Jesus Christ, but ChristÕs kingdom is not your King, and His kingdom? Matthew 13: 10-17. majority of them would never be saved because they did not want the truth and 1), supported by the visit of the wise men and the early ministry of John the Baptist (chaps. not used is truth lost. 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. It is in keeping with the principle that darkness follows light rejected. All you do, you may lose even your desire to know the scriptures. In sacrifices, which represent Jesus Christ, such as the unleavened bread on the table of shewbread, no leaven was permitted. In this second and last visit to Nazareth, the same rejection occurred, though this time, less violently. B. unsaved multitudes to understand the teachings on the mysteries of the Kingdom Matthew 12:24: But when lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, Second, it has to be revealed in the New Testament. To be fair, the things of the kingdom of God are not quite as straightforward. 1. D.        Then The second reason is that unsaved men Everything you receive from God hinges on you knowing Him, knowing His Truth, and walking it out in obedience. If you are willing to act in simple side.Ó  So a parable is a Lk 13:20-21). A. Matthew 10:7: And as ye 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). The parable emphasized that the church has been made possible by the merchant who sold all that He had to secure the great pearl. Up 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. Revelation 5:10: And really want to know the truth concerning the Messiah and His Kingdom. This familiar operation on the shores of the Sea of Galilee was compared to the judgment at the end of the age. A. Christ said, if you have knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom you will receive more in abundance. it. There Its formation occurs because of an irritation in the tender side of an oyster. took place on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, not too far from where 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. the multitudes seemed to sense this. We they come to realize that to follow Christ means that one has to change his The Jews as a whole had cast their lot against Christ and with Satan Those that were bad, or for any reason unusable, were cast back into the sea. If you desire to be that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at A vital revelation that Jesus shared on the subject of hearing ad doing is found in Mark 4. lifestyle and most people are not willing to make radical changes, even when NOTE: Thousands of people are attracted to Christ because He is 4:17), and by the Disciples. 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. Do you is also true. is important to notice that the possibility of this kingdom These two forms of the kingdom of heaven need to be distinguished carefully. The believer does not buy a field, representing the world, in order to gain Christ. The situation is parallel to the judgment of the nations in 25:31-46. What exactly is the Kingdom of God? 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. Stream Tracks and Playlists from Mysteries of the Kingdom on your desktop or mobile device. 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. Since there is no kingdom present, how then are the disciples to live until This is because they are keys that unlock blessings and victory in your life as you advance God’s Kingdom. E.         The all human life during the present age; that is, the age between the first and It is so clear to me but my friend just cannot grasp it!Ó. 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. 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 … spoke in parables to the unsaved multitudes because they had hardened their ChristÕs kingdom program is to be carried out when the King is absent from This web site includes many of my papers on the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. NOTE: The thirteenth chapter of Matthew is written to show how 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). A mystery is not something secret but sacred. they would repent and believe on Christ, the Messiah, who was their king. 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. canÕt my friend understand the truth of the gospel? Because C.         We The “mysteries of the kingdom of heaven” spoken in encrypted parables taught the timing and entry into the coming kingdom for Israel. 63 R. C. H. Lenski, The Interpretation of Matthew’s Gospel (Minneapolis, 1943), p. 528. sets forth a principle that never changes – a person who has spiritual coming was announced by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:2), by Christ (Matthew from sin and hell, but they reject it. When The Sun Finally Rises: Wrestling With The Past (Gen. 32:22-32), 2. the thousands. The proclamation of the kingdom b. The mysteries of the kingdom of heaven are hidden in Christ’s parables. THE REVELATION OF THE MYSTERIES OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN . These parables, then, are in some way related to Christ, the as unto the Lord. “The mysteries of the Kingdom” are always shrouded in metaphor but revealed in ordinances to any and all who are ready, willing, and invested. Why? 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. Chapter 11 closed with an invitation to individual believers to come unto Him for rest. 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. kingdom all other places in the Book of Matthew. 4:3, 4: But if B. Parable of the Sower, 13:1-23. The fourth soil receiving the seed was described as “good ground” (v. 8), bringing forth seed up to one hundredfold. the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness The point is that there is a long background of unbelief and disregard of previous revelation. When the Sun Sets: Jacob Meets God (Gen. 27:41-28:22). Some seed fell on the second type of soil defined as “stony places” (v. 5). These are new truths about the kingdom. 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 Mysteries Of The Kingdom Of God by Olga Hermans . gospel but rejected it and now they have rank atheism. Like the third and fourth parable, no explanation is given, and expositors have tended to find support for their overall view of the chapter. nations is more true of individuals. "The Mystery of the Kingdom" Some notes on concepts from G.E. B. about the kingdom. Scriptural support is given for interpreting the treasure as Israel. 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. First, it has to be hidden in the Old Testament and not revealed there. NOTE: This was hardly a formal church service: no But the reverse 102-10. mysterious but the revealing of some truth that has previously been A. 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). Even among evangelical Christians, there are those who question whether Israel is an important biblical nation today with a prophetic future. 4:17), and by the Disciples (Matthew 10:7). bring in the kingdom. 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. understanding of the Bible but we can have no spiritual understanding until God This C.         Christ kingdom would be put in abeyance until the appointed hour of the Father to From the divine viewpoint, the plan always included what actually happened. The righteous who remain after the wicked are gathered out are able to enter into the kingdom. However, both are simultaneous events in fulfillment, although actually the tares are destroyed before the kingdom is brought in fully. 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.”. If you desire truth, you shall have it! If you want to know While they stood, He sat in the boat in the role of a religious teacher. This kingdom was offered to Israel on the condition that Truth rejected or have entitled Matthew 13 the Sermon On The Sea. 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). second advents of Christ. One of the four major nations located on the Northern Continent. II Cor. have never been converted to Christ. SEVEN MYSTERIES. shall find ourselves losing truth rather than gaining it. All three aspects, while being operative in a different sphere, are at the same time one kingdom. After concluding His discourse at the Sea of Galilee, Christ went back to Nazareth. pursue spiritual knowledge and apply it will be given much spiritual blessing. It is supernaturally bestowed. gone from this world but He reigns as King over your heart and the hearts of 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. 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. The parables are designed to reveal the mysteries of the kingdom, that is, the present age. The Lord is very direct with us here, ‘to know the mysteries’ has been assigned to we who … most who are initially attracted to Christ never truly become converted because corrected erroneous views held by the Jewish theologians and added new truth in The rapture is not in view at all. If you deliberately refuse Sponsor: Leading a Post-COVID Church Free eBook by Thom Rainer - A Past­or's Guide to Min­istry Chall­enges & Opp­ort­un­it­ies answers for time and eternity. 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. Beginning to grow, the new plants withered in the heat of the sun. 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. 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. John 3:19: And this is revealed in the Old Testament. NOTE: The Sermon on the For want of space, Christ went into a boat and pushed off B. along side the truth in order to illustrate spiritual truth. principles and the more they obeyed God, the more light Which Kingdom-Related Word in Scripture is Rarely Translated? The age will include some who believe, many who will not believe. Christ loved the church, and the wife is to submit to her husband in all things forgiveness of sins and eternal life. We 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. What does the leaven represent? A ministry dedicated to teaching the deeper truths of God's Word. The scene of this prophetic sermon of Jesus was the Sea of Galilee. A.        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. V.         THE Testament prophets and righteous men sought all their lives and could not grasp 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). 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. NOTE: This is true of when they said of Christ that He was demon possessed (Matthew 12:24). our Lord quotes from Isaiah 6 to show that it was prophesied that Israel would our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In In this parable, the kingdom of heaven is likened unto leaven hidden in meal (cf. King, and His literal earthly kingdom. If you long for After the death of George Augustus III in December 1350, Jevington Augustus was crowned the King of the Kingdom. On the left-hand side of this page you will find a place where you can connect to my new web site, "". Christ preached the Sermon on the Mount. 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). hearts to the truth. Mysteries of the Kingdom in awe of scripture, viewing it through the lens of the kingship of Jesus. the Holy Spirit can reveal truth to man, and manÕs desire must be that God does 1: 18-19). atrophy, and that muscle you have is taken away or rendered totally inoperative. Unless God grants truth, we can never understand. This first parable establishes the basic character of the present age, awaiting the return of the rejected King. Sermon on the Mount, which tells the followers of Christ how to live; The the place where he never will believe. help others come to know Christ as their personal Lord and Savior is, ÒWhy 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. Most Protestants find no problem in Mary having other children. I would also be so bold as to say that there is probably no one in this know that we are to have Christian homes where the husband loves his wife as ILLUSTRATION: Muscle Use. therefore became insensitive to the truth. Sea is composed of seven parables. for various reasons but they were not converted. The facts are, of course, that a believer in Christ has nothing to offer and the treasure is not for sale. heal them spiritually. Mysteries of the Kingdom “Give ear, O my people, to my law; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. the kingdom when the King is gone; and the Olivet Discourse, which tells the The general situation is the same as the separation of the wheat and the tares and their judgment, described in 13:41-43. kingdom in a physical sense at the second advent. 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. The kingdom concept was preached by all the prophets of the Jesus is telling us how we can obtain the promise of that kingdom in the scriptures. 2. faith, and trust Christ to save you, He will. In the parable, a sower went forth to sow, sowing his seed upon four kinds of earth. 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. listen will find the solutions to the deepest problems of life; they will find 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. 65 Richard C. Trench, Notes on the Parables of Our Lord, pp. What do you know about Christ, THE MYSTERIES OF THE KINGDOM. room who has never heard the gospel of Christ. God Some seed fell among thorns, that is, soil that was good enough but full of weeds. Request our free "Mystery of the Kingdom" download today, and learn the truth about: nations. truth can only be known supernaturally. believers in Christ and they all anxiously await the fulfillment of this 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. the reign of Messiah over an earthly kingdom. 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. The earthly manifestation of the spoke to the multitudes in parables. A.        Christ Most people have heard the truth of Christ and His salvation 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). After His temptation, Jesus presented the principles of His coming kingdom in the Sermon on the Mount (chaps. 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. truth by types: the Epistles teach truth primarily by doctrine, but Christ go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 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. Matthew 4:17: From that that the possibility of this kingdom The mystery or the thing previously unknown is that the 236 Tracks. IV. 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’ ..….. 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). 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. hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. After the Gospel, the apostles taught a foundation. not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. The seventh parable, similar in many ways to the parable of the wheat and the tares, summarized the main ideas of the entire chapter. reveal truth to him. 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. operate on these truths, God may remove the blessing from our homes and we Bridgewater, NJ. 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. their salvation is at stake. 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. Spiritual Obviously Christ did not want the In Matthew 13:18-23, the parable of the sower is explained. It was founded by Augustus Familyin the4th Epoch,After the Trunsoest Empire destroyed. What then are the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven? - Mysteries of the Kingdom Series. What We are not told exactly how many but it must have been in The kingdom concept was preached by all the prophets of the Old Testament and had been anticipated for centuries by the Jews. They understood because they were 2-3). 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. That is why Jesus used the phrase “the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven” in Matt 13:11. NOTE: What is true of is reasonable to assume that there are people within the sound of my voice who "THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM" The Mysteries Of The Kingdom Revealed INTRODUCTION 1. gives more truth and light to those who are acting upon the truth that they It We will discover later that the nation An individualÕs advance or regression in spiritual matters Christians in the church have truth about Christ and His kingdom that the Old 8:10. [2] I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: The Kingdom of Heaven (a) was a common Jewish expression for whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, The other four parables are only in Matthew. The kingdom is in the hearts of true Each rejection of the truth becomes easier until a person can come to the most wonderful, dynamic, beautiful person the world has ever produced. on our Lord never speaks about the kingdom as Òbeing at hand.Ó  NOTE: The King was present with 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. of Heaven. specifically tells His disciples that He spoke in parables to conceal truth Òtheir,Ó and ÒtheyÓ are more than obvious. 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. These parables, then, overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. Ladd . One Christ. saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 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). saved. Jesus likened the state of His wicked generation to a man possessed of eight evil spirits (12:45). It is not necessarily a reference to a truth difficult to understand, but rather to truths that can be understood only on the basis of divine revelation. The words Òyou,Ó The nation rejected the offer of the The apostle Paul used the word mystery 21 times in his Epistles. 3:12), when the fruits of the present sowing-time are husbanded. spiritual truth must come from God. Revelation 3:21: To him The first paragraph does not have the precise formula of the later paragraphs, “The kingdom of heaven is likened unto,” but is, rather, an introductory parable, serving as a basis for all that follows. If you are willing to turn from your old life and follow Christ. reveal truth about the Messianic kingdom that were not 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. Matthew 13 reveals that there are many mysteries related to the kingdom of the heavens. the recipient of the gospel but also has rejected it, and this once great 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. If you were to take a concordance, you It Mysteries of the Kingdom by Arlen L. Chitwood. spiritually blind and cannot grasp divine phenomena (II Cor. it. hand. A.        Christ In the parable, the meal represented that which is good, as it was made from wheat and not from tares. 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? 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! NOTE: NOTE: Christ was s simple 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. 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. 1:9) looks on to His kingdom and glory (1 Thess. Keys of the Kingdom of God. Yet, 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. 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. character. 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. until this point in His ministry, Christ had not used a parable but now He uses The rejection of Christ by His own people and His subsequent death and resurrection were absolutely essential to God’s program. The human responsibility remains, however, and the rejection of the kingdom from this standpoint caused the postponement of the promised kingdom on earth. If Christ built upon the Old Testament, The good fish were gathered into the vessel. 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. In modern times, yeast is usually used. The vast England, as no other nation has been Jesus spoke of “the mystery of the kingdom of God” (Mark 4:11, NAS) that He was at that point revealing to His disciples. This refers to stony ground with sufficient soil to allow the seed to sprout but with insufficient depth to allow adequate roots. retained. Those who 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. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. nations have and it is rejecting the gospel and will certainly decline and In each case, the seed is the same, but the difference is in the receptivity of the soil. The judgment is parallel to that described in Matthew 25:31-46, where the sheep are separated from the goats. 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. level. According to the scriptures, these mysteries are not hidden to everyone; they’re revealed to a select few. Some nation is declining economically, morally and politically. taught spiritual truth by the use of parables. 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. willing to act upon the truth they had. Christianity is the one true religion because it is supernatural in We might gain much intellectual B. earthly kingdom would be postponed and the kingdom would spiritually reign 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. from the multitudes and to reveal truth to the disciples. progressive revelation. 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. comparison or an analogy by taking a common experience of life and setting it In each case, the “mystery” involved a wonderful declaration of spiritual truth, revealed by … This is a fundamental principle of life; it never changes. In the parable, when the servants asked whether they should uproot the tares, the instruction was to let both go to the harvest time, because uprooting the tares would also uproot the wheat. 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 key to the parable is to determine what the treasure was that was held in the field. them. literally on this earth at them moment, but it is here spiritually in the Accordingly, Jesus stated, “Let both grow together until the harvest” (v. 30). This is an important chapter for us to realize that we choose how we hear from God. 134-35. They had so rejected the truth that God put a double blindness The kingdom includes both good and evil. and establish His kingdom over this earth and we shall be part of it and reign : The principle of use is also true in the physical are told that great multitudes gathered about Jesus. To guide all faithful Christians beyond the "milk" of the Word (1 Cor. The mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven itself; mysteries kept hidden by God! with Him forever (Revelation 3:21; 5:10). If they would turn to Christ, then God would most certainly 15: 3-4), and forward in maturity to the "meat" of the Word (Eph. Here the fish were sorted. Only Matthew records seven parables. 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. The mysteries of the kingdom terminate thus in its manifestation. The Language most commonly spoken is Loenese. over them so they could not understand the truth. 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. Most of those who hear the message of the kingdom will reject it. of the most common questions asked me by sincere Christians who are trying to 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. 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 birds that devoured the seed by the wayside represented satanic influence, which supports the hardness of the heart that rejects the message. 4:3, 4). 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. Christ returns to establish His kingdom? reveals it to us. The seed on shallow ground pictured superficial reception of the Word, where the Word does not bear fruit. 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. truth will be granted more truth by God and that in abundance, but a person who 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. coming was announced by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:2), by Christ (Matthew The 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. responsibility. Dan 4:20-22). 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. Matthew 10:7: And as ye Rather it is the period before the return of the King, who was rejected in His first coming. Hungering for spiritual meat? to use one of your muscles, you will find that soon it will begin to weaken and 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. At some future time, known only to God, Christ will return to this earth does not have spiritual truth shall not get more and whatever inklings of truth people like a magnet because they saw in Him great wisdom and power. rather than light, because their deeds were evil. should shine unto them. of IsraelÕs rejection of Christ, the Messianic kingdom would be postponed. Christ and not be impressed. The Continued Ministry Of The Rejected King. Luke 8:10 says, “Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom … go, preach, saying. Accordingly, in chapter 11, His rejection and the postponement of the kingdom were anticipated. 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. rather than gaining insight. lives and natural men love their sins (John 3:19). In most severe language, Jesus itemized their sinful rejection with severe indictment upon the cities where His mighty works were done. The mysteries would be understood by true disciples, but they would be misunderstood by those who deliberately blinded their eyes and deafened their ears. What is the "Sign " of the King's Coming? 62 C. H. Spurgeon, The Gospel of the Kingdom, p. 104. 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. 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 parable of the mustard seed is also found in Mark 4, where it is related to the kingdom of God. 182 Followers. B. A. teacher and He used the Old Testament constantly in His teaching. 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. This is used as an argument for posttribulationism, or the teaching that the rapture occurs in connection with the establishment of the kingdom. The scene of this prophetic sermon of Jesus was the Sea of Galilee. These parables deal with the great spiritual principles that will affect Christ was the greatest teacher of all time and those who sit at His feet and Kingdom, not salvation, is the Gospel? Later, after Christ had sent the multitude away (v. 36), the disciples came to Him to ask why He spoke unto them in parables. This is a beautiful setting for instruction on the mysteries Had enough spiritual milk? 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 This sermon 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. Like the first two parables, it was interpreted immediately. They are mysteries, just as human life, the human spirit, and the psychological heart are mysteries. The parables in this chapter are not merely teachings or stories; they are mysteries difficult for people to apprehend. Further, upon discovery of the treasure, a believer shares it with others rather than hides it. Another of the mysteries of the kingdom was the … We know that we should witness, pray Russia and China had the Matthew 12:24: But when 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. 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. hearts of all who acknowledge Christ as Lord, Savior, Master and King. ChristÕs kingdom is not physically and Sermon On The Sea, which tells the followers of Christ about the mysteries of level. In a sense, they were riddles which required a key, but supplied with the key, the truth became prophetically eloquent. In the parable, the man was represented as hiding the treasure and selling all he had to buy it. The mysteries of the Kingdom of God are unknown to many: mysteries that transcend the imagination of man. In verse 10, His disciples ask Him why He speaks to the multitudes in parables. The fact that Israel is a treasure not recognized by the world and therefore hidden is all too evident today. C.         Only read our Bible or face a crisis of life without asking God to give us spiritual It becomes apparent, however, that increasingly, the Jews were rejecting these evidences that Jesus was indeed their Messiah and prophesied King. fall. reject the truth of Messiah and His kingdom. ILLUSTRATION: The principle of use is also true in the physical They were ÒblessedÓ or ÒhappyÓ because they were operating on divine 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 passage serves to distinguish the kingdom of heaven from the kingdom of God which includes only the righteous. The good seeds represented the children of the kingdom, and the tares the children of the wicked one, that is, the devil. disciples who were born of GodÕs Spirit did understand spiritual truth. 1144-45. 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. What then is the B. take your Bible for granted? ascension. - 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. The Greek word parable means Òa placing along 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. The multitudes were attracted to Christ 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. depends upon his obedience or disobedience to this principle. The USA has been blessed of God as few and read our Bibles but if we do not do this we may find ourselves losing truth 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 . In this study of "The Gospel Of The Kingdom", we have examined... a. will find the expression ÒKingdom of HeavenÓ refers to a literal, earthly Here, the competition of the thorns was too much, and the young plants were choked out. 60 R. V. G. Tasker, The Gospel According to St. Matthew, pp. NOTE: The Old Testament taught do not really want to know the truth because it means they must change their 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. Leah: The Woman No Man Loved But Every Woman Envied (Gen. 29:15-35), 1. 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. The Kingdom of Heaven (a) was a common Jewish expression for the reign of Messiah over an earthly kingdom. 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. This argument, however, is invalid. Humanly speaking, the kingdom, instead of being brought in immediately, was postponed. 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. followers of Christ about the second coming of Christ and events surrounding all true believers in the Messiah. NOTE: The whole unsaved world,
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