Leader: Pastor McKinnon
ST James Apostolic Church
701 Bart St.
Raleigh North Carolina 27610 Get a map
Meeting Day(s): Wednesday
Meeting Time: 7:30 PM
THE TRUTH REVEALED
In chapter 13, Jesus introduces parables as a means of teaching “kingdom” truths (vv. 10, 11).Of the 40 parables Jesus gave, He made direct references to the kingdom in 19.These stories clearly relate to different time frames.Some impact the present, teaching 1) the need for kingdom people to have hearing ears (vv. 3-23); 2) the breath of the kingdom’s spread (vv. 31-35); and 3) the cost of the kingdom’s acquisition (vv. 44-46).Others relate to the future, teaching 1) the final disposition of the fruit of the Adversary’s hindrance (vv. 36-43) and 2) the final disposition of the mixed in-gathering from kingdom outreach (vv. 47-51).
PARABLES OF THE KINGDOM – Webster defines a “parable” as being a “comparison or an allegory, A short story that illustrates a moral attitude or a religious principle.”Jesus designed the parables of the Kingdom to obscure the truth in figurative terms and language from non-disciples who had refused to heed plain talk, as well as to illustrate the truth for disciples who had ears to hear.All truth is always veiled!!
MYSTERIES OF THE KINGDOM – The Greek word “MUSTERION” denotes those truths, secrets, and hidden things of God which can only be discovered by revelation.These secrets are “outside the range of unassisted natural understanding, can only be made known by divine revelation, and are made known in a manner and at a time appointed by God, and to those only who are illumined by His Spirit (Matt. 13:11; Mk. 4:11; *1 Cor. 2:9-14).The secrete thoughts, plans, and dispensations of God remain hidden from unregenerate mankind, but are revealed to all believers.In non-biblical Greek muster ion is knowledge withheld, concealed, or silenced.In biblical Greek it is truth revealed (Col. 1:26).The term speaks of hidden things concerning God’s Kingdom which are now being made manifest by His Holy Spirit.
*v. 9 – Eye hath not seen: implies three ways of knowing:
a. - perceptual knowledge (eye, ear) through observation and sense experience
b. - conceptual knowledge (heart, mind) by reason and intellectual inquiry
c. - spiritual knowledge (love) by moral and personal affinity
The knowledge of the things of God are spiritual more than intellectual.
*v. 10 – God hath revealed: Two elements are necessary to know the things of God.
1. A revelation from God by the Spirit
2. An appropriate response by man (2:14; 3:4)
*v. 11 – As one’s own inner thoughts are known only by himself, so the mind if God is known only by God’s Spirit.This revelation is brought to the Church by the Holy Ghost.
*v. 13 – Spiritual things with spiritual: Spirit answers to spirit, not spirit to mind.The Holy Spirit interprets spiritual things to spiritual people.
*v. 14 – Spiritually discerned: People fall into three spiritual categories that reveal how the revelation of God is received from the human side.
1. The natural man, unregenerate and devoid of the Spirit, has no appreciation for thegospel.
2.The spiritual man, regenerate and possessing spiritual maturity, demonstrated in freedom from sectarian strife (3:3, 4) and has a nature that responds to the truth, and unbelievers find him difficult to understand.
3.The carnal man, regenerate but living much like an unregenerate, is a believer with childish ways.He lives more for human opinion that for Christ.
The Old Testament used “types and shadows”.These are foreshadowings and take place in the Natural realm.They point to the substance and REALITY which is in the realm of the SPIRIT.There are many types and shadows of the Church in the Bible. (Rm. 1:20 in looking at the created world, every person should see abundant evidence of God’s existence and power; Col. 2:17; Heb. 8 a better covenant and a new covenant).
Tabernacle of Moses – This Old Testament sanctuary is a type and shadow of the New Testament tabernacle, the church.
a.Each piece of furniture pictures Jesus the Head of the Church.