|Posted by John on June 4, 2011 at 7:48 PM|
Jesus spoke in parables, so that "seeing they might not perceive and hearing they might not understand". The idea that the gospel is open to all is refuted by the words of our Savior Himself. It is a treasure hid in a field for which one must "sell all" and then dig. It is a "pearl of exceeding value" for which one must trade in all previous treasure. It is concealed from the wise and the mighty and revealed, only unto babes. Mysteries hidden from the foundation of the world, says Jesus. This "mystery', Paul says, is the hidden wisdom, spoken of by the mature, those who use "spiritual words" to describe "spiritual realities". It is the mystery of the "summing up of all things in Christ" according to the Father's "kind intention" (eu-dokia, good will), proclaimed in the "good news" (eu-aggelion, gospel). It is what the angels declared to shepherds, singing "glad tidings"(eu aggelion, good news) of great joy......peace on earth, "good will"(eu-dokia) towards men. If our gospel, this precious good news is veiled, it is veiled towards those who are "apollumi"-lost, perishing(2 Cor 4:1-4), in whom the god of this world has blinded their eyes so that "they might not see, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, might shine on them". This "glorious gospel" is the "mystery of the kingdom"- a measure of leaven [b]hidden[/b] in three bushels of flour [b]until all is leavened [/b]. It is the "Good News" that all will be saved. It is the wisdom that the principalities and powers did not understand, as they buried the seed in the dirt(through murder/death) that would become a great tree filling the whole earth.
Who has known the mind of the Lord and who has been His counselor and who has given to Him that He should repay?! For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be the glory forever, AMEN!
While we are accused of spreading a false gospel, it is really the hidden gospel, the veiled gospel, the GLORIOUS GOSPEL of the reconciliation of all things through the blood of Jesus Christ(Col 1:16-21)(Acts 3:17), "whom the heavens must receive(hidden) until the period of the restitution of all things spoken of by all the prophets since the world began." Praise The Lord for He Is GOOD! His Mercy ENDURES FOREVER!!!!!
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