Unto You It Is Given
“And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables.”
Many times when Jesus spoke, His disciples did not understand what He meant. Why was this so? Was not Jesus “God manifest in the flesh?” After all, the words that Jesus spoke are the very scriptures we have today so why did they not understand them? One would think that if God personally spoke to you it would be easy to catch His meaning.
Jesus states that it was “”given” to His disciples to understand while it was not given to others. It seems that, in order for even those closest to Jesus to comprehend His words, it had to be revealed to them. They simply could not understand on their own. In their case it was revealed to them by Jesus personally. Now days, because Jesus has gone to make a place for us, we rely upon the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into all truth.
Like the disciples, It is also possible for us to hear the words of Jesus but not understand them. Unless it is “given unto us to know the mystery of the kingdom of God” we cannot figure out the true meaning of what He is saying. Here is a truth,
“Everything in the mind God is a mystery to our flesh. The only way we can truly hear God’s word (rhema) is through revelation given to our spirits.”
The Jewish people constantly misunderstood what Jesus said because it was not given to them to understand. Even though they had natural ears which could hear, their hearts were hardened and they could not received what was revealed through Jesus by God’s Spirit. It is written,
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for
they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they
are spiritually discerned.“
1 Corinthians 2:14
I am beginning to see things clearly in respect to revelation. Whereas many people assume that revelation from God is rare that is not the case at all. The truth is, we are supposed to live by revelation all the time. Conversely, the study of the word should be used to search the scriptures to see if these things that are received through revelation be true. This is why Peter said, “this is that” after they spoke in other tongues. Pentecost came first and then Peter explained it from scripture as it was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit.
For example, I was talking with a minister the other day about a certain controversial biblical topic. I wondered why he spoke to me, of all people, about this subject. I asked him the obvious question about the dilemma this situation posed and he responded, “I don’t know, if you figure out an answer please share it with me.” We left off talking and I went about my business.
As I continued my day the Holy Spirit convicted me. You see, I had kept quiet because I knew the doctrinal stand of this minister due to his denominational affiliation. therefore, I made a conscious decision to keep quite about what he was talking about because I reasoned that anything I said would probably not be received graciously. However, the Holy Spirit pointed out to me that I was probably one of the few people that could actually give him an answer to his question. I was cut to the heart and thought, what good is the truth that God gives me if I hide it from those who can benefit from it?
So, before I left for the day I met with the minister and said, “I have an answer to your question.” Surprised, he said, “what is it?” I proceeded to reveal to him a scripture that spoke directly to his question. He looked at me sideways and said, “I don’t see how that applies.” Then I explained to him how it did and how it solved his dilemma. Admittedly, it was a different way of seeing things but it fit perfectly. I don’t think he really knew what to say.
The scripture I quoted to him was,
“And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?”
I said that, though that scripture proves the resurrection it also proves something else that is very relevant to your question. It proves that these three saints are alive and with God at this very moment. It means that God accepts these men because they are with Him in Heaven.
The question that the pastor was wrestling with was how to deal with plural families (polygamists) that come to Christ. Should he council the man to separate from all except his first wife? I told him, based upon that scripture, that it was not necessary to break apart the families because God accepts men that are married to one woman as well as those who are married to more than one woman.
This was a revelation. No one, except it be revealed to them, would ever make the connection about that scripture and apply it to that type of situation. However, through the Spirit we find more truth than we ever thought possible. People think that there is only one way to look at scripture and some are very set in their traditions and viewpoints. However, as we become one with God we shall find that when God speaks His words are more multifaceted and full of wisdom that we never imagined.
In conclusion, it is given to us to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God. We cannot earn this knowledge through our own efforts. Only through having these mysteries revealed to us by His Holy Spirit can we ever hope to understand what God is truly saying. Let us all start to give way to God’s Spirit and learn to trust Him more than our natural minds.
Finally, it is written,
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”