1.INTRODUCTION

In the previous post I explored the meaning of Jesus’ words when He said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see (Eidon) the kingdom of God” (Jn 3: 3).  Eidon that means to perceive, whose English translation is “to recognize, discern, envision, or understand” (dictionary.com).  I was led to write on what I consider to be one of the most profound revelations about spiritual perception. The text is found in Matthew 13,  which opened with Jesus teaching the multitudes about the parable of the sower and the seed. The disciples were puzzled and this discussion ensued:

Who hath ears to hear, let him hear

And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?

He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know (ginosko) the mysteries (mysterion)  of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given

For whosoever hath (EARS TO HEAR), 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.

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

And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and [their] ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with [their] eyes, and hear with [their] ears, and should understand with [their] heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

But blessed [are] your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous [men] have desired to see [those things] which ye see, and have not seen [them]; and to hear [those things] which ye hear, and have not heard [them].

Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower (Matt 13: 9-18).

2. TEACHINGS I RECEIVED ON THIS TEXT

In order to fully understand the text, I was shown that Jesus’ response was also based on the context in which the question was made. He had just completed a teaching on four types of responses to the Word of God which is the same as the condition of the human spirit when the Word of God is spoken. However, I will explore this fully in another post. What ever the condition of the spirit, however, Jesus still maintains that we cannot see the kingdom of God without spiritual rebirth.

As I read Matthew 13 in the early morning of Saturday 15th August, Jesus asked me why did He permit the disciples and not the crowd to understand the secrets that He was speaking about.  He answered His question by saying that the crowds followed of of curiosity and while the disciples believed that He was the Christ. By revealing the mysteries to the disciples, Jesus showed us that they  had been born again by believing and that they were permitted to see (eidon) the kingdom of heaven/God.  He told me that He was confirming His statement in John 3: 3 (“Except a man be born again, he cannot see (Eidon) the kingdom of God”).

Jesus and I then had a discussion related to why it is commonly believed that the disciples were not born again. One of the common rationales for this belief is that they had not received the baptism of the Holy Spirit until He had been resurrected. We then had a laugh because Jesus showed me:

  • The boys did not need to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit since He the Holy Spirit dwelt with them in bodily form and was their teacher and Comforter. I spoke about this partially in the previous post and you can read more in John 14.
  • Jesus chose the 12 out of the many disciples who followed Him. Why would He have chosen to teach unbelievers the secrets of the kingdom of heaven? In essence, we would be saying that He lied about the criteria for receiving the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven if  we hold to the belief that the disciples were not born again.
  • Why did He then give them power over the kingdom of darkness if they had not been born again? He sent them out and they came back rejoicing that even the demons were subject to them. He dryly told them to rejoice more over the fact that their names were written in heaven (there are many false apostles and prophets casting out devils):

And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name  

And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you

Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight (Lk 10: 17-21).

  • Jesus also asked me whether or not Abraham and David were born again. I dare you to say no. Didn’t He walk and talk with Abraham? Didn’t He visit David? Why did David speak of the Lord being mindful of him and visiting him (Ps 8: 4). Jesus  told me that we have been speaking things that we do not know  and worshipping a God we do not know, like the woman of Samaria.
  • As I continued to discuss the text with the Lord, He asked me about the words “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”. Hath what?” the Lord asked.  I am receiving new information even as I write. Keeping the context of the sower, the human spirit  and its reception to the  word in mind, this is answered in several ways:

 – Only those who have obedient spirits to the word of God will be saved and see the kingdom of God. All four groups in the parable heard and received the word, but only those who obeyed and added to the word brought forth fruit in abundance.

– only those who have eternal life will receive the mysteries of the kingdom in abundance (like the disciples). Those who are spiritually dead or inert will not hear the voice of the Lord. We need to set our spirits on high alert to God to receive the things that He has in store for those who truly love Him.  Ezekiel’s prophecy shows that those who are spiritually dead to God cannot hear His voice (Eze 37)

– only those whose spirits are hearing will receive the mysteries in abundance. The prophet said that he was awakened daily to be taught the word of God and that as a result, he had more understanding than the experts. He was not rebellious, like those who refused to hear and obey  (Isa 50: 4,5)

3. IS YOUR SPIRIT FAT, BLIND , DEAF AND SICK?

Jesus referred to Isaiah’s prophecy to show the disciples that God had been calling Israel, just like He calls to us His church. He lamented that the people did not believe the word of God because of their spiritual condition. Their spirits were gross (G3975 – pachynō = fat), deaf, blind and sick. In this condition, they were unable to hear and understand what God was saying, even when prophets were sent to them.  This is a terrible state to be in. My prayer is that those of us who believe would set  our spirits on Him and put away the diet that makes us spiritually dead to His voice.

I will continue to write more in teh upcoming post. God bless until.

 

References

http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G3466&t=KJV  (link to mysteries)

http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G3466&t=KJV (Kingdom of God/heaven)

http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G3775&t=KJV  (hearing with the spirit)

http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G3850&t=KJV  (parables)

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