The mysteries of the kingdom of heaven have been revealed to man. It began to happen when Jesus spoke in parables and then explained the meaning of those parables to His disciples (Matthew, chapter 13).
Jesus was speaking to the crowd in parables and Matthew wrote, “All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and He did not speak to them without a parable.” (Verse 34) A little later we can see Jesus explaining the meaning of His parables privately to His disciples.
Mark writes about how Jesus only spoke to the crowd in parables and he says that, "He did not speak to them without a parable; but He was explaining everything privately to His own disciples" (Mark ).
Referring to the crowds, the disciples asked Jesus why He spoke to them in parables (Matthew )? Jesus told them, "To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.” Jesus said the crowd only heard parables because, “while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand”.
He was quoting from Isaiah as He spoke of the Jews who were refusing to believe the gospel message of the kingdom of heaven but the message is to us today. The crowds will only hear in parables because, their hearts have become dull, their ears can scarcely hear and they have closed their eyes. They refuse to come near to hear Jesus as He explains His parables to His disciples and, as a result, the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven are not being revealed to them.
Man lost eternal life when Adam sinned but God's plan would provide a way to bring man back to God and into the kingdom of heaven. How He would do that would not be revealed until Jesus came to earth. The mysteries of the kingdom of heaven had been hidden from the foundation of the world until Jesus would begin to reveal them when He spoke in parables.
The good news of the kingdom of heaven is the revelation of the plan of salvation to man. Jesus is telling us how God is doing that in His parables. We must hear Him when He explains His parables to His disciples if we wish to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus promised His disciples that, after His departure, the Holy Spirit would come to them and guide them into all truth (John ). While on earth, Jesus had revealed some things about the mystery of the kingdom to them but it would all be revealed to the inspired men in that first century. It has been revealed to us in their writings.
Everything that we need has been written in scripture. As Peter writes, “- -His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” (2 Peter 1:3)
After Matthew recorded how Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables to fulfill what Isaiah had prophesied, he referred to another prophecy that was being fulfilled. He was fulfilling something that the Psalmist had foretold, saying, “This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: "I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES; I WILL UTTER THINGS HIDDEN SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD." (Matthew 13:35)
Matthew was referring to Psalms, chapter 78. The Psalmist began that chapter by saying, "Listen, O my people, to my instruction; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, Which we have heard and known, And our fathers have told us". The Psalmist then repeated what their fathers had told them and it was the old Hebrew salvation story.
Christ is speaking to us through the Psalmist. We need to remember that the scriptures
are God’s word and Christ is the Word. John wrote, “In the beginning was
the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) John
then tells us that all things came into being through Him. He later tells us how the Word became flesh
and dwelled among us.
Christ was the Word of God that became flesh and He is the creator. The Father spoke through Him and He did all of His creation work through Him. When the Spirit spoke through the prophets, the Spirit of Christ who would later become Jesus Christ on earth was actually speaking through them to foretell what was to come.
Peter spoke of our salvation and how the prophets spoke of the grace to come. They were “seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow.” (1 Peter 1:11)
When the Psalmist said, “I will open my mouth in a parable”, Christ was the one speaking. The Spirit of Christ is speaking through the Psalmist and He began by saying that He would open His mouth in a parable and speak dark saying of old, things their fathers had told them.
That was prophecy of how He would later come speaking in parables but He also said that He would open His mouth in a parable and speak dark sayings of old which the fathers had told them. When we listen to the Spirit of Christ retell what their fathers told them, we hear Him retell that old Hebrew story of how God saved His people out of slavery and brought them through the wilderness to lead them to their land.
He says that story must be told to the generation to come. He was speaking to us, the spiritual generation to come. He is telling us the earthly salvation story of that Hebrew nation that the fathers had retold to them and He says that He is speaking it in a parable.
How could that be true? We know that old story is not fiction. It really happened. How could that old Hebrew story be a parable?
It can't be a parable as we think of parables because our definition of a parable says the earthly story is a fictional story and that old Hebrew story is a true story. Our definition of a parable says the story is fiction but is God required to use our definition? Can God not also cause a true story to come about as an earthly copy of the spiritual?
Did He cause that story to happen as it did as a true story copy for our instruction? Was He working in the lives of Abraham’s earthly descendants to bring about the old covenant story of how they were saved out of slavery in Egypt to be brought to their land as an earthly copy of how God’s spiritual people are being saved out of slavery to sin on this earth to be brought to their spiritual land?
Regarding God’s spiritual people having been in slavery to sin, Jesus spoke to a crowd of Jews and told them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.” (John 8:34) He told them that a slave does not remain in the Father’s house but the son does remain forever.
He told them, "So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” If we are to be set free from slavery to sin we must hear Jesus as He tells us to follow Him out of slavery.
We heard John tell us about Christ being the Word and the Creator but Paul also tells us about His creation work. Paul tells us His creation work causes things to happen in people’s lives.
He tells us that Christ is the image of the invisible God and He is the Firstborn of all creation, “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things have been created through Him and for Him.” (Colossians 1:16)
All things have been created through Him and for Him and that work includes rulers, authorities and kings. As Paul says in another place, "there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God." (Romans 13:1)
The Creator places all rulers and kings
into their positions of power as a part of His creation works. Every
ruler since Adam was selected by Christ and that includes the Pharaoh who ruled
It sounds like the Creator may have made that earthly story happen like it did when He brought those rulers into power and then caused them to make the choices that they made. Did His creation work include causing that old Hebrew salvation story to come about for our instruction?
Was He working to create that story when He placed Pharaoh into power and later hardened his heart to cause him to delay letting God’s people go free until God’s power had been displayed with great signs and wonders in the land of Egypt?
Christ is bringing
We can see how God was causing that old story to happen as it did when we hear Paul quote Moses and say, “For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, "FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE I RAISED YOU UP, TO DEMONSTRATE MY POWER IN YOU, AND THAT MY NAME MIGHT BE PROCLAIMED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EARTH." (Romans 9:17).
If the scripture said those words to Pharaoh, then it was Christ speaking to Pharaoh because He was the Word. Christ is the creator who put Pharaoh into his position and then He directed his actions to make that old story happen as it did.
Paul said that Christ did it to show His power and that His name might be proclaimed throughout the earth. Did Christ make that earthly story happen to foretell how the gospel’s power to save would later be proclaimed throughout the world in the name of Jesus Christ in our new covenant salvation story?
His gospel message is of His power to save and it is to be proclaimed in His name through all the earth. It is the gospel that Paul preached and he said that he was not ashamed of that gospel because, "it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek" (Romans ).
When He caused Pharaoh’s heart to be hardened so that His signs and wonders would be displayed, was He foretelling how He would come proclaiming the gospel message of salvation in His name and show His power in signs and wonders as He went about preaching the gospel?
We can see how His name would be declared throughout
the whole earth when Jesus told the apostles that, “repentance for forgiveness
of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem." (Luke 24:46-47)
We are to preach the gospel of salvation that includes repentance for forgiveness of sins and we are to proclaim it in His name to all nations.
Each person must make their own choice. Peter says that God is “not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
The Lord also spoke through Ezekiel to say, “As I live!' declares
the Lord GOD, `I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that
the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil
ways! Why then will you die, O house of
If the scriptures say that God does not wish for any to perish but that all should repent, then we make that choice for ourselves. If God was the one making the choice for us and if He means what He said (He always means what He says), and He does not wish that anyone would perish but that all would come to repentance, then the Potter (Jesus is the Potter and we are the clay) would cause everyone to repent so that no one would perish.
We know that is not the case. He allows us to make the choice and His wish is that we will make the right choice. Whatever choice we make, however, He will have foreseen us make it.
When we read how Christ raised Pharaoh up to become an evil ruler who would be destroyed when that old Hebrew salvation story took place we can now understand that Pharaoh had chosen his own destiny. God foresaw Pharaoh as one who would choose not to love Him and obey Him and He chose Pharaoh to become a vessel meant for destruction.
Just as He created earthly stories to teach spiritual truths about the kingdom of heaven when He walked on earth, Christ did the same thing when He brought Pharaoh up and hardened his heart to bring about that old earthly story as a copy for our instruction. He created fictional stories when He spoke while in the flesh to teach the same message that He spoke through that old Hebrew true story.
Paul referred back to that old story and he
“For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea; and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and all ate the same spiritual food; and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ. Nevertheless, with most of them God was not well-pleased; for they were laid low in the wilderness.” (1 Corinthians 10:1-5)
A few verses later Paul tells us, “Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.”
Are we listening to Jesus? The Spirit of Christ is speaking through Paul. Paul does not say that the things that happened to them just happen to work out the way they did. If those things happened as an example, did not God cause that story to happen and did He not have it written for our instruction?
Let’s look in more detail at that old
story and see how it may be a copy of our story.
After the last plague (The death of the firstborn of
God told Moses that Pharaoh would see
them wandering aimlessly and God would harden his heart, again, and he would
chase after them (Exodus 14:3-4). Pharaoh and his army chased after
God’s people were trapped between the
Egyptians and the
Moses stretched out his hand and the sea parted and he led God’s people through the sea. When the Egyptian army pursued after them, Moses stretched out his hand over the sea from the other side and the waters returned to their place. The entire Egyptian army was drowned in the sea.
God caused that event to happen when He
hardened Pharaoh’s heart one last time. Pharaoh had already let God’s
people go after the sign of the death of the firstborn but God hardened his
heart again and caused him to change his mind and gather his army and go after
Why would God harden Pharaoh’s heart and cause that event to happen when His people have already been told they could go free? God made it happen for a reason. Was it just to punish the Egyptians?
All of the Egyptian’s firstborn had already died
during that last Passover night. Much or most of their livestock had died
and their crops had been destroyed.
God made Pharaoh chase after
When He hardened Pharaoh’s heart He
brought about an earthly copy of what was to come when the new covenant gospel
would be preached. When God’s people went
through the sea, their Egyptian slave masters tried to overtake them to bring
them back into slavery but they were washed away in the sea. Not one of them
remained (Exodus ).
Can we see that happen when we read about how Paul was saved from slavery to sin? When an unbelieving Paul saw Jesus and became a believer, he was told to, “get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what you must do." (Acts 9:6)
Later, he was told, “Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.” (Acts )
Our sins are to be washed away but they are not our slave masters. At first glance, it appears that our sins are our slave masters but the scriptures are really saying something else.
Paul tells us what happens when we come through the waters of baptism in Romans, chapter 6. He says that all of those who have been baptized into Christ have been baptized into His death and “if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin” (Romans 6:5-6).
Our slave master is our worldly body of sin. If our slave master has been put to death in the sea we will have been set free from slavery. We must believe and obey the gospel message and repent of having lived for that body of sin and follow Jesus through the sea of baptism so that our body of sin can be washed away.
If we have truly repented of having lived a life of sin for that old slave master and become united with Him in the likeness of His death, "certainly" we will be in the likeness of His resurrection.
Our old body of sin will have been washed away when we follow Jesus through those waters, just as Israel’s slave masters were left behind in that old sea. The new body that comes up out of the sea will belong to Jesus and it will have become a part of His church body on earth.
God’s Spirit dwells in Christ’s body and, therefore, it dwells in us if we have been baptized into Him. Only after the old slave master has been crucified with Christ and has been washed away in the sea can we be born, again, raised to walk in newness of life and filled with the Spirit of God. When we are raised up out of those waters we will have been born, again of water and Spirit.
Remember, Jesus told Nicodemus, "Truly, truly, I
say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the
If we believe His message and have repented of the old life of sin and have washed that old body of sin away, our new body will come up free from sin because Jesus has redeemed us with His blood. We have been called to serve our new master, the one who paid the price for our sins.
Christ spoke through Moses to tell them to go forward into the sea (Exodus 14:15). He tells us to, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.” (Mark 16:15-16) We are to tell them to go forward into the sea.
Peter showed his love for Jesus when he obeyed Him and preached that gospel message on the Day of Pentecost. Many of those who heard him believed his message and cried out and asked what should they do? Peter told them to, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts )
Those who received his message and believed were baptized and they were added to the church. They heard Jesus explain His parable and they obeyed and were baptized for the remission of their sins. They heard Him tell them to go forward into the sea and they would be saved from slavery to sin.
If we are obedient to His command just as Peter was obedient on the Day of Pentecost, we will tell the lost how they are in slavery to sin but if they will only repent and follow Jesus through the sea and have their slave masters washed away, Jesus will bring them out of the land of slavery.
After Moses led them through the sea and the Egyptians were drowned in the sea, scripture records that when the Israelites saw what God had done and they saw the bodies of the Egyptians dead on the shore, they were believers.
Moses said that, “When
Just as they were a nation of saved believers after their slave masters were washed away, we are also a nation of saved believers after we have been brought through those waters of baptism and our slave masters have been washed away. We will have been saved out of slavery to be led to our Promised Land but we will not yet have received that land.
Remember, that old story was written for our instruction. Those Israelites had believed the message and they followed Moses through the sea to freedom in the wilderness and they have the promise of a land of milk and honey but they had not yet received that land.
Most of them will never receive that land. They must faithfully follow the LORD through the wilderness to that land and be willing to fight for it. It will not happen for most of them. Most of them will die in the wilderness and never receive their land. Most will be afraid to fight for their land. They will want to return to a life of slavery, instead.
Are many of God’s new covenant people longing to return to a life of slavery to sin? Was Christ not telling us that when He opened His mouth in a parable and spoke that old Hebrew story through the Psalmist (Psalms, chapter 78)?
They were to tell that story to the generation to come so they would not be like their fathers and be rebellious toward God. We are the generation to come and Jesus is telling that story to us. We need to study that old story because it was created for our instruction.
Jesus continues to explain the meaning of that old Hebrew story when we hear Him speak through the Hebrew writer. The Hebrew writer spoke of that Israelite nation in the wilderness and how they refused to hear God’s voice and they hardened their hearts and provoked Him (Hebrews 3:8).
We heard Paul retell that old Hebrew salvation story and say how the things that happened to them happened as an example and they were written for our instruction. He spoke of those who were displeasing to God and how they were struck down in the wilderness. He said that we should watch out if think that we stand and take heed lest we fall (like they fell).
The Hebrew writer is telling us the same thing in chapter 3. He tells us to, “Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God.”
The writer continues the comparison in chapter 4 and he tells us not to harden our hearts like they did or we will not be allowed to enter our rest. He says, “Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.”
We must not only listen to His parable story, we must have open hearts to hear Him explain its meaning to His disciples. When we pass through the sea, our slave masters will have been washed away but our journey will only have just begun. We will not receive that land until we have finished our wilderness travels, having faithfully followed Jesus.
Christ caused that old story to happen for our instruction. He is speaking to the church, the ones who have been saved from slavery to sin. Jesus is telling us that some may have unbelieving hearts that can fall away. He is telling us about that in their example of disobedience.
If we are being warned, that means it can happen to us but we do have a choice. We can just listen to that old earthly story and not hear Him as He explains its meaning to His disciples or we can stay and listen to Him explain what it means.
We may have been saved from slavery to sin but we must not be like those unfaithful ancient ones. We must continue to fight the fight of faith until our wilderness travels are over and we enter that land of rest. Only then can we cease from fighting and rest from all of our labors.
In that old Hebrew story, of the men in God’s army, only Joshua and Caleb continued in His word and only Joshua and Caleb wanted to keep fighting for that land. Therefore, they were the only ones of God's army who would be allowed to enter the Promised Land. God, however, told them that their children would also enter.
In Deuteronomy, chapter 1, Moses recounts to the next generation what had happened when their fathers had refused to obey God and fight for that land. Forty years had passed and the rebels had all died in the wilderness.
Moses repeated God’s promise of how none would enter except Joshua and Caleb but he adds, “Moreover, your little ones who you said would become a prey, and your sons, who this day have no knowledge of good or evil, shall enter there, and I will give it to them and they shall possess it”.
Their little ones would enter that land because they had no knowledge of good or evil. Only those little ones who do not know good from evil and those faithful soldiers in God’s army will enter into and take possession of that land.
The Psalmist said that story was a parable. Paul said what happened to the people of that story happened as an example and God had it written for our instruction. Christ is the one speaking through Paul just as He spoke through the Psalmist. He tells us that the old Hebrew story happened as an example for us. He says those things happened as examples and they were written for our instruction.
Christ only speaks to the crowds in parables but He reveals the true meaning of that story to His disciples. His disciples will take the time to hear Him and they will believe Him.
We need to hear Jesus as He explains the meaning of His parables in the New Testament scriptures. Only then can we understand the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven.
As He speaks through Paul, He tells the church in Colossi how the mystery had been hidden in past generations but God has now made the mystery known to His saints, saying, “God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).
He wants us to come to a true knowledge of God’s mystery, “that is, Christ Himself” (Colossians 2:2). He says that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Him.
If we have washed away our old slave-master body in the sea, our new resurrected bodies will have become a part of Christ’s body, the church. His Spirit dwells in that body. The mystery is how Christ is in us and we have the hope of glory. The Gentiles are now fellow heirs in Christ Jesus. We must be in Christ and His Spirit must be in us if we are to live with Him in glory.
Paul tells us more about God’s mystery when he says that, "He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him" (Ephesians 1:9). He says that God is summing up of all things in Christ.
God is summing up all things in Christ by bringing both Jew and Gentile to God in Him. The mystery is being revealed and it is Christ Himself. We have all obtained our inheritance "In Him". He speaks of the gospel news of salvation and he wanted us to understand the "riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints".
This mystery had been hidden in God, but Paul was preaching it to the Gentiles in the first century. He prays for them to understand the mystery of salvation that is in Christ Jesus.
He tells them (And us) that, “-by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief. By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ” (Ephesians 3:3-4).
The mystery of the kingdom of heaven is the mystery of Christ. Paul tells us that the mystery of Christ "in other generations was not made known to the sons of men". It had not been made known to man in other generations but it was being revealed in their day.
He says, "to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel” (Ephesians 3:6).
We are fellow partakers of the promise in
Christ Jesus through the gospel when we obey the gospel message given in the Great
Jesus tells us to, go into all the world and preach the gospel to all
creation. Those who believe and are baptized will be saved and
those who do not believe will be condemned (Mark 16:15-16).
Paul tells us how obedience to that command saves us. He tells us that if anyone is in Christ he is a new creature and the old things have passed away and the new things have come to us (2 Corinthians 5:17).
He then tells us, "Now all these things are from
God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of
reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to
Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed
to us the word of reconciliation.”
Paul then tells us how we can only be reconciled to God through Christ because He became sin on our behalf so that we could become the righteousness of God in Him. We can only be reconciled to God in Christ Jesus and we must be baptized into Christ to become sons of God and heirs with Christ.
Paul tells us about that when he says, "For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ" (Galatians -27).
He says, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants, heirs according to promise.”
The revelation of the mystery of the kingdom of heaven is how God is reconciling the world to Himself through Christ. No one can come to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). We must believe Him when He tells us that we must obey the gospel and become clothed with Him in baptism.
When we become clothed with Christ in baptism we will have met God’s covenant requirement of circumcision of the flesh. Remember, God told Abraham that circumcision of the flesh was an everlasting covenant requirement (Genesis ).
He gave Abraham’s earthly descendants that earthly circumcision requirement as a sign and a copy of His true circumcision requirements. God’s true circumcision requirement is spiritual circumcision of our earthly flesh through a circumcised heart.
We become born again sons of God in His image and have become Abraham’s descendants “with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.” (Colossians 2:11-12)
God told Abraham that circumcision was the sign of the covenant between God and him (Genesis ). He said, “thus shall My covenant be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.”
Our new covenant is the only everlasting covenant. We must meet God’s everlasting covenant conditions of circumcision of our body of flesh. It must be removed so that we can be raised with Christ and Paul tells us, “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” (Colossians 3:1-2)
The mystery of the kingdom of heaven is the mystery of Christ. It is the mystery of salvation that is only found in Christ Jesus. Only those who have become one with the Firstborn Son by having been born again as sons of God in Christ Jesus will be revealed with Him in glory.
We have become born again children of God by faith in Christ but we must continue to carry our cross and follow Jesus (Wholeheartedly) through our spiritual wilderness if we are to receive our land. We must be in Him and He must be in us for us to become heirs to the kingdom of heaven but if we are not following Jesus and seeking that land we will have become lost in the wilderness.
Jesus is telling us to not be like the fathers who provoked Him and were struck down in their wilderness. Jesus is telling us the story and we need to believe Jesus because it is those who believe in Jesus who, "shall not perish, but have eternal life".
What if one of those Israelite elders
had told his people that they could get to the other side without having to go
through the sea as Moses had commanded them to do? I doubt that the LORD
would have been pleased with any elder or leader who would tell his people that
they could go around the sea without having to go through it and still be
brought out of the land of slavery. God’s message through Moses was to, “Tell the sons of
We should listen to our teachers and preachers but we must be careful to hear Jesus. We should listen to our teachers but we must be sure to check out what they say with the scriptures. We are truly saved by faith in Jesus and, therefore, we must believe that He means what He says. We need to hear Jesus explain His parable to His disciples.
We must be careful what we tell others. We must tell others what Jesus told us to tell them because those who teach others will be judged more closely than others (James 3:1). We must not change His message because it was a difficult task for Jesus to stretch out His hands on the cross to provide that pathway for us to pass through the sea.
For those ancient ones who chose to love and obey Him and follow Him fully, He caused good things to happen for them. He will do the same for us if we will be diligent to enter that rest. We can choose to love Jesus with obedience and follow Him through the sea and through the wilderness or we can harden our hearts like they did.
Understanding the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven requires that we listen to and believe Jesus as He explains the meaning of His parables to His disciples. That old story is a copy of our story but everything necessary for salvation has been clearly revealed in the New Testament scriptures. We sometimes, however, have trouble understanding the word spoken so He created the same message in the earthly copy.
His disciples will
hear Jesus tell them that they must deny themselves and take up their
cross and follow Him. They must not look back. They
must not be like that old Hebrew nation and look back and long for the
flesh pots that they had n the land of slavery.
I am not from one of the schools of theology. I am a retired engineer and have been a Christian most of my life. It has only been within the last few years that I have come to realize how God caused that old covenant story to happen as an earthly copy of our spiritual story.
He wrote in parables in the Old Testament scriptures what He would say in direct statements in the New Testament scriptures. If we are confused with the direct statements of the New Testament, we need to study the old parables.
We need to study them anyway, so that we can know that, "JESUS IS LORD". We must truly believe what our LORD Jesus is telling us and not be like those who only heard in parables “so that WHILE SEEING, THEY MAY SEE AND NOT PERCEIVE, AND WHILE HEARING, THEY MAY HEAR AND NOT UNDERSTAND, OTHERWISE THEY MIGHT RETURN AND BE FORGIVEN”.
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