Friday, September 27, 2013

A Concluding Thought on the Kingdom Parables

Scripture: Matthew 13:11

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.
Insights:  We conclude our journey through the kingdom parables found in Matthew thirteen today.  I pray you have been encouraged by these sermons and blogs.  I know that personally I had a great deal of joy plunging the depths of this chapter in my sermon preparation times.  Let’s look at a final thought review of these parables.  The first six parables were spoken in couplet form.  In other words, the first two dealt with the subject of the nature of the kingdom.  The second two dealt with the subject of the power of the kingdom.  The next two dealt with the subject of the personal appropriation of the kingdom.  I am greatly indebted to John MacArthur in regards to these descriptors and outline of the parables.  He was a primary source for my sermon preparation for these messages.  The final parable is what we have examined this week and it was the climactic point Jesus was driving home to the disciples.  That final point was judgment is coming and coming much more quickly than you think.  I am so grateful that the Lord Jesus did not desire for us to go through this mysterious church age form of the kingdom ignorant as to what was going on around us.  You will recall that Jesus called it a mystery because no Old Testament writer had seen or spoken about this time period in which we live.  They thought the first and second coming of Jesus was one event.  Jesus, however, seeing perfectly His Father’s plan, knew there was going to be this time period and desired to enlighten His disciples as to its nature, power, personal appropriation and future judgment.  He did this so that we would not be so taken aback when we saw the evils of this world all around us.  He shared these truths to encourage us to know that we win in the end and that Jesus’ kingdom is powerful and will grow.  He also wanted us to know that we each, individually, needed to express faith in Jesus for our salvation.  In other words, no one else’s faith is going to save us.  We need to personally receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior and we must do it before His judgment comes.
  1. Do you better understand the urgency of your task now that you have gone through these kingdom parables?
  2. Is there anything hindering your proclamation of the gospel now that you understand these parables?

Prayer: Father, thank You that You are the God of Truth and You do not wish for Your children to be ignorant of the realities of this present mystery form of the kingdom.  Now that You have dispensed this truth, let me be courageous in telling others of this reality and may Your name be brought glory.  Amen.

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