God’s Good Word: Matthew 13

We have no reason to boast about our salvation or the ability to understand God’s Word, if God didn’t give us these gifts then we would be lost and ignorant sinners.

10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”  11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.  12 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.  13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.  14 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:  ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; 15 For the heart of this people have grown dull.  Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed.  Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.’ 16 But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; 17 for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear and did not hear it.”  Matthew 13:10-17

I remember watching a program that had a biblical scholar on who had studied the Scriptures for years and years, but did not believe the testimony the Scriptures gave about God’s Son.  Unless we are quickened by the will of the Father, through the Holy Spirit, we will not believe the truth about Jesus Christ.  This blessing of seeing and hearing Jesus comes from the Father for those whom He has set apart for Himself.  Of ourselves, we are dead to the things of God and despise the gift of His Son unless, He draws us to Him.  It is God who calls and makes alive, He is the One who shows us the Son.  He makes the difference between those who do not see and those who do, so we who see have no right to boast.

36 “But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe.  37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.  38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.  39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.  40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”  John 6:36-40

44 “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise Him up at the last day.  45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’  Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me.  John 6:44-45

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One Response to God’s Good Word: Matthew 13

  1. gracealone1 says:

    Not only are the words of our Lord unpleasant to most, they are also untenable. They quickly become a “show-stopper” for the rantings of empty ‘professors’ who are not known by the Lord, despite their claim to ‘know Him.’ Continuing on in John 6 we see that “many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more” (v. 66). The “hard sayings” of the Gospel seldom make for casual, relaxed conversation, nor were they meant to do so. They are the sharp two edged sword of the Word that divides—-and thank God that it is so. All praise goes to Him who not only died and rose again to save us from our sins, but He is also the One who graciously opens our minds and hearts to His Word. Luke 24:31&32; and v. 45. Even so, Come Lord Jesus.

    D

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