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09/19/19
Below the Surface
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Posted by: Woody @ 6:59 am

Proverbs 25:2: It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter. The words ‘thing’ and ‘matter’ are translated from the same Hebrew word, dabar, Strong’s h1697. The equivalent Greek word, is logos g3056. Not only do these words carry the meaning of a ‘word’, but also the idea of ‘a collection of words, i.e. saying, concept, or idea.’ How and what has God concealed that we are to search out?
Matthew 13:10-11: 10. And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speak thou unto them in parables? 11. He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries g3466 of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Things about the kingdom of heaven are mysteries, things hidden or not easily observed without guidance. Apparently the parables are key to understanding some of the hidden things. Was Jesus being exclusive when he said, to others it was not given? In a parallel to this incident, others besides the disciples ask the meaning of the parable, and Jesus told them the same thing (Mk 4:10-11). When the context is read, it can be seen that anyone asking for the meaning is said to have ‘ears to hear’, Mt 13:9.
The Pharisees asked Jesus concerning the kingdom of God: Luke 17:20-21:
20  And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
21  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Notice - God’s kingdom comes without observation. Is it a hidden thing? It is hidden because Jesus is speaking of something comes to be inside a person.
Paul, in discussing the difference in God’s wisdom and the world’s, 1Cor 3:19-20, when on to say in 1Cor 4:5:
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
It is the darkness and hidden counsels of the heart that mankind cannot see. Neither can we see the hidden things of the kingdom of God without the spirit of Christ. It is man’s natural kingdom that Jesus Christ will replace with the spiritual kingdom of God, i.e. God’s way of thinking, Isa 55:7-9.
1Corinthians 3:16-17:
16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
17  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

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