APOSTLES BELIEVE THE SECRETS THAT THEY HEAR FROM GOD

One of the things that set Jesus’ apostles apart from the crowd is that they were the recipients of inner secrets of the kingdom of heaven that He did not share with the multitudes that thronged Him. The crowds and certainly many of His disciples were unable to bear the secrets since they were hard to understand. Additionally, people became offended at His teachings. For example, when He returned to His home town and taught in the synagogues, the people were astonished, doubted and dug up His family tree (Mt 13: 54-58).

GOD IS VERY SELECTIVE ABOUT WHO RECEIVES HIS SECRETS

Jesus was very selective about those to whom He revealed the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. Here are some examples:

1. Mathew 13: 2, 3 shows that multitudes gathered to hear Jesus teach, but He spoke to them in parables. Strong’s in blueletterbible.org show that a parable is “an example by which a doctrine or precept is illustrated; an earthly story with a heavenly meaning”. The disciples later came to the Lord and asked Him to tell them why He spoke to the crowds in parables. This was Jesus’ response:

Mat 13: 11 it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

Mat 13:12 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.

Mat 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Was Jesus cruel? Not really. He was just speaking the truth and this was always reflected in the response of the scribes and Pharisees to His doctrine. Why would He waste time explaining the meaning of deep spiritual truth to people who did not want to believe? This was the basic problem of the Jews. If they had wanted to, they could have asked for the wisdom to discern His doctrine.

Let’s recount the Old Testament example of Daniel and his three friends. They received exceptional wisdom and other spiritual gifts because they chose to honor God in a foreign nation. Their peers remained mediocre because God could not trust them.

APOSTLES HEAR AND RECEIVE TRUTH ABOUT THINGS KEPT SECRET FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD

Mat 13:34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:

Mat 13:35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

Mark 4: 10 – 12 recounts the parable of the sower which Matthew wrote about in chapter 13. However, Mark also revealed that the disciples waited until they were alone with Jesus to ask for the meaning. Jesus was amazed that they were unable to interpret the parable. This was due to the inability of their spirits to hear and to relate the truth to the kingdom of God.
Applications

There are many applications of these truth today which include:

a. Apostles receive many hard teachings about the kingdom of heaven and need to have faith to believe in the word of the Lord even when contemporary Christian teaching opposes that teaching. I am not referring to cultic teachings but to hidden secrets right in the word of God that have been hidden and over looked for generations. For example, the infilling of the Holy Spirit is manifested by several signs and not just speaking in tongues. They are all in Acts 2 and include prophesying, signs and wonders and spiritual ecstasy/being drunken in the Spirit.

b. Apostles receive the meanings of spiritual truths directly from the Lord and/or angels. They do not just repeat a doctrine that they have heard from another man, but add and clarify the truth based on scripture e.g. Peter in Acts 10, John on Patmos, Paul (speaking about teachings about the Lord’s supper etc).

Blessings and more to come!

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