The Secrets of the Kingdom – Luke 8
9 And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, 10 he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’ Luke 8:9-10
Some might read these words of Christ and think “Wow, Jesus is trying to keep the good news away from people.” But in fact, nothing could be further from the truth.
Jesus wants us to know the truth about who He is – He gave His life to that we could know Him!
But there is an element of understanding that must happen in the heart of the listener.
- If you think about it, you can divide the human race up into two categories:
Those who are sensitive to spiritual truth, who want to know who God is, and who want to understand what God may have to say…
- …and those who are not.
So when Jesus shared this parable with the crowd (or any other parable for that matter), Jesus was essentially placing them into a position of having to make a choice. The people listening had to decide in their own heart if they were interested in understanding spiritual truth.
It’s sad that many people, even some who would call themselves Christians, are not open to the truth of God’s word. Some people would rather hear what they want to hear, rather than hear the truth.
The Apostle Paul warned his young protégé Timothy:
1 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
– 2 Timothy 4:1-5
The point? Those that teach the word must be willing to preach the word, the entire word of God, not just the easy parts. Teachers must be willing to speak truth, even if it’s sometimes painful.
And those who are receiving the word, whether its from the bible, or a teacher, must be willing to hear the word, believe the word, and obey the word of God.
In this, our willingness to hear, believe, and obey God’s word, we will be privy to the secrets of the Kingdom. What an honor…
We can change the world, one life at a time.