Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 11, 2018

“To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 13:1-17.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+13&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

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.  Therefore I speak to them in parables;  because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.  In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,

‘YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND;
YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE;
FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL,
WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR,
AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES,
OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES,
HEAR WITH THEIR EARS,
AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN,
AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.’

But blessed are your eyes, because they see;  and your ears, because they hear.  For truly 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.

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This Scripture makes no sense to other doctrine that teaches that God loves everybody and Christ died for everybody and that God gives everybody an equal opportunity to be saved and that salvation depends ultimately on the only variable, that is, an individual’s wisdom and alleged free-will choice.

But, this Scripture makes perfect sense to Reformed Doctrine that teaches God’s “Unconditional Election”, the “U” of “TULIP”, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Notice how Jesus in the following Scripture (that we recently read a few chapters ago) goes further than “just” stating God only grants certain individuals to understand parables. Jesus states that God has “hidden these things (things pertaining to salvation) from the wise and intelligent”.

“At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.  Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.  All things have been handed over to Me by My Father;  and no one knows the Son except the Father;  nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.”  Matthew 11:25-27.

Likewise, we read:  “For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.  …  God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.”  1 Corinthians 1:21 and 27-28.

And, for those of other doctrine who rebel and resist at their sense of injustice to Jesus’ use of parables and God’s “Unconditional Election”, consider that they have the whole Bible to discover the things pertaining to salvation, much more than those who “only” received Jesus’ parables.  Jesus concludes this section of Scripture by His following statement:  “For truly 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.

All are without excuse.

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.  For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing to be wise, they became fools,”  Romans 1:20-22.

“as it is written,

“THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE;
THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS,
THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD;
ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS;
THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD,
THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE.”

Romans 3:10-12.

Article 1.  As all men have sinned in Adam, lie under the curse, and are deserving of eternal death, God would have done no injustice by leaving them all to perish, and delivering them over to condemnation on account of sin, according to the words of the apostle, Romans 3:19, “that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.”  And verse 23:  “for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”  And Romans 6:23:  “for the wages of sin is death.”  FIRST HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of Divine Predestination of The Canons of Dordt.

In other words, just because God did not elect everyone for salvation does not make God unjust.

And for those who continue to rebel and resist God’s absolute sovereignty in salvation, thinking:

“Let us tear their fetters apart

And cast away their cords from us!”  Psalm 2:3.

God just laughs and scoffs at them.

“He who sits in the heavens laughs,

The Lord scoffs at them.”  Psalm 2:4.

God remains tightly in control of salvation, unconditionally electing those whom He wants to save based on only His purpose and choice.

“For He says to Moses, “I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION.”  So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.”  Romans 9:15-16.


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