Breakthrough - The Kingdom of God Part 3

 

  1. The Kingdom of God - The Mystery of the Kingdom
    1. What is “The Mystery of the Kingdom”
      1. Mark 4:9-12 “Then Jesus said, ‘Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.’ When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. He told them, ‘The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that, ‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!’”
    2. The Parable of the Four Soils 
      1. Mark quotes this to summarise the message of the Kingdom parables. 
        1. The mystery of the Kingdom is the coming of the Kingdom into history in advance of its final manifestation. It’s what theologians call, "fulfilment without consummation." This is the truth illustrated by the several parables of Mark 4 and Matt 13.
        2. The word ‘mystery’ suggests there are secret plans, thoughts, and activities of God that are hidden from human reason and must be revealed to those for whom they were intended. 
        3. However, the mystery is proclaimed to everyone even though only those who believe understand it. All are summoned to faith; but only those who respond are shown to have spiritual perception and understanding (i.e. only to those who have been "given the mystery" as Mark 4:11 says.) 
      2. The same can be said of Peter in Matthew 16. 
        1. Matthew 16:17 “Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.”
        2. Jesus is clearly indicating that we must receive supernatural illumination to understand the truth that Jesus is the Son of God. Although the mystery is proclaimed to all, not all are "given" this understanding. "Flesh and blood" is incapable of revealing it.
      3. In the parable of the four Soils Jesus said the Kingdom had come upon humankind but not for the purpose of eliminating evil. 
        1. It is now accompanied by no display of irresistible power. 
        2. Instead, the Kingdom in its present form is like a farmer sowing seed. It does not sweep away the wicked (or none would have hope). 
        3. It seems that only those whose soil had first been prepared by God would later receive the seed and bear fruit. 
        4. The farmer must sow the seed in ground that has been broken up and since good soil is not its natural state it must be prepared before scattering seed. 
        5. In other words, unless God is the one who first makes our heart of stone into a heart of flesh, we will not receive the gospel message.
        6. We must have our hearts ready and prepared by the Holy Spirit so that we can receive the message and gladly welcome the presence of the kingdom into our hearts and lives.

 

Questions for Individual or Group Discussion

 

  1. Has ‘The Mystery of the Kingdom’ ever confused you like it did the disciples?
  2. What ‘secret plans, thoughts, and activities of God’ do you think the ‘mystery’ relates to?
  3. Have you ever experienced a sudden ‘revelation’ from the Father like Peter did in Matthew 16?
  4. What is the Holy Spirit doing in your life today in order to prepare the soil of your heart for his Kingdom to come more effectively in your life?

 

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