I have been studying and teaching Bible doctrine for over 48 years and the shepherding teacher for home based Churches. Sola Scriptura
Parables Are a Mystery Reserved for God's Own
Parables - Why the Mystery?
Jesus answered this question from His disciples very succinctly in Matthew and Luke; but in Mark 4:11-12 a dimension was added that one would seldom broach within today’s Christendom and especially within the cults. The three Gospels teach us the following:
- The mystery of the kingdom of heaven was given only to His own … to no one else. The world is totally in the dark concerning salvation; sadly that includes the majority of so-called churches around the world.
- Seeing without perception - they may be able to read the words on a page, but they have no insight into the Truth to which it addresses. They may glean what lies upon the surface, the dos and the don’ts, but a mystery still remains as to what it means.
- Hearing but without understanding - many are called for they have heard with their functioning ears, but only the few that are chosen know within their spirit what has been proclaimed.
- Mark added; that those who have the seeing and hearing problem are purposely kept from the salvation of the Gospel. Salvation is not available to the many. 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 confirms the intent of the Mark passage. Ouch!
God's Word is Shrouded in Mysteries to be Revealed
A Mystery Revealed - Only to the Few
Definition of a biblical mystery - Greek - musterion - it is derived from the Gr. - muo - to shut or to lock up - the Truth surrounding salvation had been kept secret since the world began and now is being manifested by the power of the Gospel. Romans 16:25 The word ‘mystery’ is only found within the New Testament and is woven throughout the epistles; coming to a conclusion in Revelation.
- Romans 11:25 The temporary blindness of Israel should not be a mystery to the Church but to the deceived, they are ignorant.
- The wisdom of God is to be preached as a mystery, in that there is no pride in one sharing the Gospel and its power of salvation within their life. 1 Corinthians 2:7
- 1 Corinthians 4:1 and Colossians 1:26 - We should be humbled that God has chosen us to be stewards of the great mystery of salvation. Our testimony of the mysterious workings of the Holy Spirit within our lives is the greatest witness we possess for the Gospel.
- God has great pleasure in opening our spiritual eyes to His salvation which He has purposed in Himself from the beginning. Ephesians 1:9
- Ephesians 3:9; 5:32 teaches us that the fellowship of born-again believers is a mysterious working of God within our lives.
- Even our godliness, a growing love of Christ which is only known by those to whom the mystery of salvation has been revealed. 1 Timothy 3:16
- The current state of affairs which engulfs the entire world; the growing wickedness and insanity or as 2 Thessalonians 2:7 calls it; a mystery of lawlessness.
- Revelation 10:7 - all mysteries surrounding salvation and lawlessness will come to an abrupt end.
Caveat: when one preaches, teaches or testifies to the mysterious salvation that God has wrought within them; the mystery continues as to whether the one who hears encounters a true life changing moment or not. God uses our faithfulness to either plant the seed, cultivate, open the Truth to one whose name has been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life from the foundation of the world or to place another nail in one’s coffin. It is His work alone and He chooses to use weaklings' like you and me.
Churches are Alive With Deception for the Unwary
Naïve, Deceived or Heretic?
Naïve - these have both heard and received the message with joy. They are either babes in Christ or remain unskilled in the Word. In the beginning they believe that everyone that claims to be a Christian, is a Christian. The same goes for churches that claim to be bastions of the Truth to be just that, a sacred institution. During the early years they glean enough Truth to assist them in living a more godly life than before conversion. They are easily deceived for a season by those who subtly preach and teach a gospel contrary to sound doctrine. As time passes according to God’s perfect plan, the Word and the Truth will begin to erode into those beliefs that have held them back. Our Father is a perfect father to His own and how long one remains naïve is according to His will and purposes. Remember, Moses resided in the wilderness for forty years before God called him to free Israel.
Deceived - this includes the naïve, but for only a season. The worldly churches with their new gospel and the cults thrive upon deception. They have a fixed plan of salvation, easy to understand and follow as they offer a remedy from being judged along with the wicked. This soothes the psyche of the majority of the religious, giving them just enough to cling to the false hope of heaven whenever death should claim them. An additional perk to the deceived is that all is secure as long as they adhere to the rules. Deception loves a crowd; the more that buy the escape plan being proffered, the more likely it is the truth they have been seeking. As the Word states, no one seeks God; the majority seek an escape clause because they know judgment is coming.
Heretic - these are the deceivers who add and take away from the Word of God to satisfy their own greed for money, fame and power. Their judgment has not been set aside and their damnation is certain. 2 Peter 2:3-4,9; 3:7 These are whom the Word addresses as having committed the unforgivable sin. Luke 12:10; Revelation 22:18-19