And the disciples came and said to Him, "Why do You speak to them in parables?" Jesus answered them, "To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. "For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.
Insights: Today’s verses tell us the purpose for which Jesus told these parables. The purpose was to conceal the truth from those who were perishing and to reveal spiritual truth to those born again. Remember with me the context of these verses. Matthew has revealed Jesus to be King and the Jewish people have rejected Him and His kingdom. As a result, Jesus has passed judgment on the people, but at the same time has left them an olive branch for reconciliation. As soon as He has declared these actions in chapter twelve, He leaves the house and goes to the sea. It is a visual peg on which to hang the change in Jesus’ ministry from here on out. He is now speaking to the crowds in parables and only in parables, but to His disciples He explains the truth of these stories. Now, you get to today’s verses and specifically verse twelve gives us great insight into this purpose of concealment and revelation. Up to this point the Jews had received some spiritual truth about Jesus, but after the climactic moment when they accused Him of being from Satan, Jesus shifted His ministry focus. At that point the truth they “had” was taken from them and given to those who would have “an abundance.” These statements have nothing to do with intellect. The disciples were not more intelligent than those Scribes and Pharisees that were hearing Jesus tell these parables. The difference was the disciples had Jesus to explain the spiritual truths to them. If you are born again, then you have the Author of the Bible living in you to interpret the Bible for you. You don’t have to have a seminary degree to understand spiritual truths. You need the Savior living inside of you to illuminate the Word of God. Beloved, this purpose ought to give you great hope and joy if the Word of God is continually growing inside of you. If it is not, you may need to ask the Lord Jesus if you are really His child.
- Are you one who the Lord God’s Spirit has revealed the truth of the parables, and therefore, you are growing in your relationship with Jesus?
- Are you one who does not have a saving relationship with the Lord Jesus, and therefore, are growing deeper and deeper into your darkness?
Prayer: Father, thank You that You have saved me. Increase my joy in You and allow me to know You more fully than I ever have before. Amen.