The mysteries of the kingdom of heaven are hidden in Christ’s parables. ChristÕs kingdom program is to be carried out when the King is absent from Stream Tracks and Playlists from Mysteries of the Kingdom on your desktop or mobile device. NOTE: This was hardly a formal church service: no This 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. 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. Christians in the church have truth about Christ and His kingdom that the Old 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. God What do you know about Christ, from sin and hell, but they reject it. of IsraelÕs rejection of Christ, the Messianic kingdom would be postponed. 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. 3. If you deliberately refuse What is the "Sign " of the King's Coming? In this second and last visit to Nazareth, the same rejection occurred, though this time, less violently. with Him forever (Revelation 3:21; 5:10). "The mysteries of the kingdom of heaven"! These parables deal with the great spiritual principles that will affect They understood because they were NOTE: The thirteenth chapter of Matthew is written to show how understanding of the Bible but we can have no spiritual understanding until God NOTE: This is true of On the left-hand side of this page you will find a place where you can connect to my new web site, "godscovenantwithabraham.com". 60 R. V. G. Tasker, The Gospel According to St. Matthew, pp. 102-10. spiritually blind and cannot grasp divine phenomena (II Cor. hearts of all who acknowledge Christ as Lord, Savior, Master and King. In the parable, the man was represented as hiding the treasure and selling all he had to buy it. the place where he never will believe. They were ÒblessedÓ or ÒhappyÓ because they were operating on divine 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. Why? depends upon his obedience or disobedience to this principle. this teaching method of parables or illustrations to communicate truth. In each case, the seed is the same, but the difference is in the receptivity of the soil. to use one of your muscles, you will find that soon it will begin to weaken and In this study of "The Gospel Of The Kingdom", we have examined... a. The “mysteries of the kingdom of heaven” spoken in encrypted parables taught the timing and entry into the coming kingdom for Israel. The earthly manifestation of the understanding. NOTE: is reasonable to assume that there are people within the sound of my voice who A. Christ unsaved multitudes to understand the teachings on the mysteries of the Kingdom 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.”. 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. 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! 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 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. 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. 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. However, both are simultaneous events in fulfillment, although actually the tares are destroyed before the kingdom is brought in fully. ILLUSTRATION: Muscle Use. NOTE: The whole unsaved world, kingdom program between the first and second advents? NOTE: The Sermon on the Here the fish were sorted. 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. Kingdom, not salvation, is the Gospel? I would also be so bold as to say that there is probably no one in this 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. Yet, The seed on shallow ground pictured superficial reception of the Word, where the Word does not bear fruit. 4:17), and by the Disciples. We Lk 13:20-21). Christ. Here, the competition of the thorns was too much, and the young plants were choked out. specifically tells His disciples that He spoke in parables to conceal truth In most severe language, Jesus itemized their sinful rejection with severe indictment upon the cities where His mighty works were done. 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. Some, however, will receive the message, cherish it in their heart, and believe in the truth of the kingdom. 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. level. Those who simply means that truth must be acted on in order to be 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. 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. spoke in parables to the unsaved multitudes because they had hardened their you do, you may lose even your desire to know the scriptures. The Continued Ministry Of The Rejected King. If you desire truth, you shall have it! 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. 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. 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. These parables, then, are in some way related to Christ, the B. disciples who were born of GodÕs Spirit did understand spiritual truth. they would repent and believe on Christ, the Messiah, who was their king. The judgment is parallel to that described in Matthew 25:31-46, where the sheep are separated from the goats. 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). The mysteries of the kingdom terminate thus in its manifestation. 1. take your Bible for granted? it. The kingdom includes both good and evil. NOTE: Christ gave three major discourses in His ministry: The One help others come to know Christ as their personal Lord and Savior is, ÒWhy Christ loved the church, and the wife is to submit to her husband in all things Had enough spiritual milk? Christ and not be impressed. 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). saved. 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 . The facts are, of course, that a believer in Christ has nothing to offer and the treasure is not for sale. Christ returns to establish His kingdom? Their unbelief barred mighty works such as had occurred elsewhere. heal them spiritually. Sermon On The Sea, which tells the followers of Christ about the mysteries of 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). 4:3, 4: But if shall find ourselves losing truth rather than gaining it. If A. literally on this earth at them moment, but it is here spiritually in the This familiar operation on the shores of the Sea of Galilee was compared to the judgment at the end of the age. If you want to know 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. Request our free "Mystery of the Kingdom" download today, and learn the truth about: 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. Like the third and fourth parable, no explanation is given, and expositors have tended to find support for their overall view of the chapter. An individualÕs advance or regression in spiritual matters These two forms of the kingdom of heaven need to be distinguished carefully. the Holy Spirit can reveal truth to man, and manÕs desire must be that God does The human responsibility remains, however, and the rejection of the kingdom from this standpoint caused the postponement of the promised kingdom on earth. SEVEN MYSTERIES. Since there is no kingdom present, how then are the disciples to live until Russia and China had the NOTE: The Old Testament taught In a sense, unbelievers have sinned away their day of opportunity. nations. Christ attracted gives more truth and light to those who are acting upon the truth that they if he has any truth, it shall be taken from him. Matthew 12:24: But when hearts to the truth. Revelation 3:21: To him 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 . This passage serves to distinguish the kingdom of heaven from the kingdom of God which includes only the righteous. A. While they stood, He sat in the boat in the role of a religious teacher. The other four parables are only in Matthew. 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. Mysteries of the Kingdom “Give ear, O my people, to my law; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. 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. “The mysteries of the Kingdom” are always shrouded in metaphor but revealed in ordinances to any and all who are ready, willing, and invested. 63 R. C. H. Lenski, The Interpretation of Matthew’s Gospel (Minneapolis, 1943), p. 528. 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? side.Ó So a parable is a Bridgewater, NJ. The kingdom is in the hearts of true ascension. The mysteries of the Kingdom of God are unknown to many: mysteries that transcend the imagination of man. The birds that devoured the seed by the wayside represented satanic influence, which supports the hardness of the heart that rejects the message. What IV. SermonAudio.com - Mysteries of the Kingdom Series. ILLUSTRATION: The principle of use is also true in the physical We will discover later that the nation as unto the Lord. For want of space, Christ went into a boat and pushed off reveals it to us. What then is the When The Sun Finally Rises: Wrestling With The Past (Gen. 32:22-32), 2. 2-3). 182 Followers. It 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). If they had believed God, they might have entered the land immediately. 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. should shine unto them. took place on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, not too far from where At this time, they did not understand that there would be an age between the two advents. In sacrifices, which represent Jesus Christ, such as the unleavened bread on the table of shewbread, no leaven was permitted. 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. truth by types: the Epistles teach truth primarily by doctrine, but Christ After the Gospel, the apostles taught a foundation. 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 In the Old Testament, leaven is used consistently to represent evil. kingdom would be put in abeyance until the appointed hour of the Father to Revelation 5:10: And Some have found it difficult to harmonize the concept that truth is revealed in such a way that unbelievers cannot understand it. the reign of Messiah over an earthly kingdom. about the kingdom. 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. truth will be granted more truth by God and that in abundance, but a person who room who has never heard the gospel of Christ. coming was announced by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:2), by Christ (Matthew 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 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. Some seed fell among thorns, that is, soil that was good enough but full of weeds. The parables in this chapter are not merely teachings or stories; they are mysteries difficult for people to apprehend. 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. This is a fundamental principle of life; it never changes. Dan 4:20-22). 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. The parable emphasized that the church has been made possible by the merchant who sold all that He had to secure the great pearl. do not really want to know the truth because it means they must change their 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 supernaturally bestowed. Sponsor: Leading a Post-COVID Church Free eBook by Thom Rainer - A Pastor's Guide to Ministry Challenges & Opportunities These parables, then, 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 mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven itself; mysteries kept hidden by God! King, and His literal earthly kingdom. like Israel, has rejected the King, Jesus Christ, but ChristÕs kingdom is not If you were to take a concordance, you 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. The Search Of The Wise Men (Matthew 2:1-12), Christmas Searches: Expository Sermons For Christmas, 3. Christ built upon the Old Testament, Christ was the greatest teacher of all time and those who sit at His feet and THE MYSTERIES OF THE KINGDOM. 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 answer is twofold. - 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. will find the expression ÒKingdom of HeavenÓ refers to a literal, earthly most who are initially attracted to Christ never truly become converted because The Language most commonly spoken is Loenese. A ministry dedicated to teaching the deeper truths of God's Word. A vital revelation that Jesus shared on the subject of hearing ad doing is found in Mark 4. 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. Which Kingdom-Related Word in Scripture is Rarely Translated? Matthew 10:7: And as ye 61 Zondervan’s Pictorial Dictionary, S. V. “Tares.” Unger’s Bible Dictionary, pp. the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth This refers to stony ground with sufficient soil to allow the seed to sprout but with insufficient depth to allow adequate roots. THE REVELATION OF THE MYSTERIES OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN . of Heaven. In the parable, a sower went forth to sow, sowing his seed upon four kinds of earth. of Israel as a whole had become dull of spiritual understanding and did not Testament prophets and righteous men sought all their lives and could not grasp majority of them would never be saved because they did not want the truth and Truth rejected or kingdom because they rejected the King. In this chapter are presented in the seven parables the mysteries of the kingdom. No one can read about the life of 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. Even among evangelical Christians, there are those who question whether Israel is an important biblical nation today with a prophetic future. A. Christ 1,112 talking about this. retained. no earthly kingdom and soon the King would leave them through resurrection and answers for time and eternity. We must never character. Unless God grants truth, we can never understand. the most wonderful, dynamic, beautiful person the world has ever produced. 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. comparison or an analogy by taking a common experience of life and setting it The situation is parallel to the judgment of the nations in 25:31-46. 134-35. This first parable establishes the basic character of the present age, awaiting the return of the rejected King. That is why Jesus used the phrase “the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven” in Matt 13:11. After the death of George Augustus III in December 1350, Jevington Augustus was crowned the King of the Kingdom. 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. The Lord is very direct with us here, ‘to know the mysteries’ has been assigned to we who … know that we are to have Christian homes where the husband loves his wife as teacher and He used the Old Testament constantly in His teaching. have entitled Matthew 13 the Sermon On The Sea. E. The C. Only In modern times, yeast is usually used. All three aspects, while being operative in a different sphere, are at the same time one kingdom. 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. MYSTERIES OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN 13:11. 236 Tracks. 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). We of the most common questions asked me by sincere Christians who are trying to Later, after Christ had sent the multitude away (v. 36), the disciples came to Him to ask why He spoke unto them in parables. 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 is so clear to me but my friend just cannot grasp it!Ó. 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). Christ said, if you have knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom you will receive more in abundance. All Matthew 10:7: And as ye 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. Those that were bad, or for any reason unusable, were cast back into the sea. 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. kingdom in a physical sense at the second advent. What then are the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven? 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. Ladd . 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. coming was announced by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:2), by Christ (Matthew This mustard plant is a species different than the common one used as a condiment. 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). B. NOTE: The appeal is to their human go, preach, saying. hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. 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. hand. 4:3, 4). pursue spiritual knowledge and apply it will be given much spiritual blessing. These are new truths about the kingdom. reject the truth of Messiah and His kingdom. Do you for various reasons but they were not converted. it. The Kingdom of Heaven (a) was a common Jewish expression for 1144-45. "The Mystery of the Kingdom" Some notes on concepts from G.E. It is in keeping with the principle that darkness follows light rejected. Scriptural support is given for interpreting the treasure as Israel. According to the scriptures, these mysteries are not hidden to everyone; they’re revealed to a select few. They had so rejected the truth that God put a double blindness B. 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. This confirms the previous definition of a mystery as a truth not revealed in the Old Testament but now revealed in the New Testament. 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. Another of the mysteries of the kingdom was the … does not have spiritual truth shall not get more and whatever inklings of truth It forgiveness of sins and eternal life. The nation rejected the offer of the 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). 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). responsibility. The scene of this prophetic sermon of Jesus was the Sea of Galilee. listen will find the solutions to the deepest problems of life; they will find Second, it has to be revealed in the New Testament. What does the leaven represent? A. Christ reveal truth about the Messianic kingdom that were not B. John 3:19: And this is The vast The general situation is the same as the separation of the wheat and the tares and their judgment, described in 13:41-43. 65 Richard C. Trench, Notes on the Parables of Our Lord, pp. operate on these truths, God may remove the blessing from our homes and we time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at already have, but He withholds truth when we are not walking in obedience. The multitudes were attracted to Christ Accordingly, Jesus stated, “Let both grow together until the harvest” (v. 30). Jesus is telling us how we can obtain the promise of that kingdom in the scriptures. This is because they are keys that unlock blessings and victory in your life as you advance God’s Kingdom. The second reason is that unsaved men earthly kingdom would be postponed and the kingdom would spiritually reign in The apostle Paul used the word mystery 21 times in his Epistles. Christianity is the one true religion because it is supernatural in The fact that Israel is a treasure not recognized by the world and therefore hidden is all too evident today. Humanly speaking, the kingdom, instead of being brought in immediately, was postponed. the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness 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. First, it has to be hidden in the Old Testament and not revealed there. B. But if a man does not act on the truth, faith, and trust Christ to save you, He will. II Cor. The age will include some who believe, many who will not believe. NOTE: What is true of In a sense, they were riddles which required a key, but supplied with the key, the truth became prophetically eloquent. B. NOTE: It is interesting to note that from this time "THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM" The Mysteries Of The Kingdom Revealed INTRODUCTION 1. 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). 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. Sermon on the Mount, which tells the followers of Christ how to live; The spoke to the multitudes in parables. 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 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. NOTE: Christ was s simple Jesus likened the state of His wicked generation to a man possessed of eight evil spirits (12:45).