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In the following passage notice the question, and the differentiation between “you” and “them”…
And the disciples came and said unto him, ‘Why do you speak unto them in parables?’
He answered, ‘Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which saith, ‘By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. Matthew 13:10-17
For present purposes I’d like to touch on the “eyes that see not” part of the problem. Jesus spoke to them in parables because He had spiritual truth He wanted to communicate, truth not easily seen with earthly eyes and not to be understood as earthly truth. Rather it was spiritual truth concerning the invisible God, truth that can be seen and understood in the things that are created, but apparently not so easy for most to grasp.
By putting the Truth in the form of parables, those who had earthly eyes and intent only on seeing earthly things, couldn’t get it.
Jesus answered and said to those who the Father had given Him, “… To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not granted,” Matthew 13:11.
Furthermore the way that God had chosen to impart the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven was to have Jesus explain them in private.
And with many such parables spoke He the word unto them, as they were able to hear it. But without a parable spoke He not to them: and when they were alone, He expounded all things to his disciples. Mark 4:33, 34
This tells me that Jesus was not authorized to explain these mysteries in the seeing of those who only had earthly eyes to see earthly things.
Here’s the deal as it struck me just now. If the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven are explained to earth-bound people, they receive the explanation into their flesh, and put it into practice. They even put it on others in the flesh.
It looks to me like Jesus didn’t want to outfit “dog and pony shows” by explaining things for the understanding or misunderstanding of the flesh, as the case may be.
Of course, the life of Christ and His approach to the government of His Kingdom is in the Spirit. That’s bad for a couple of things that have been very popular for many years in what’s calling itself “church,” namely pre-eminence and income.
Prostitution is a problem as it is, but wanting to be a center stage prostitute compounds the problem. This is the one who is in it for both money and reputation.
For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is sufficient for such a thing? For we are not like the great number who make use of the word of God for profit: but our words are true, as from God, being said as before God in Christ
~2 Cor. 2:15-17