IF GOD IS SHARING HIS THOUGHTS,
WHY DO SOME NOT SEEM TO RECEIVE THEM?
We live in a world where what is ‘politically correct’, what is taught in schools as ‘good’, what is taught in schools as ‘bad’, is far from what God is speaking to this world as His ways, His rules, and His thoughts. So many seem to not hear God’s messages, and God’s Word is relegated to a book meant only for occasional reference.
The problem is the errant mind of mankind. We are totally incapable of understanding the messages of God in the natural. We need healing of defective minds, to be able to even comprehend God’s messages to us.
God really is trying to communicate His thinking to us. He knows if we receive it from Him, it can heal our thinking. Our own mind is ‘deceived’ very easily, and it needs God’s help to work right.
Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV)
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Since the ‘heart is deceitful’, it is easy to have wrong ideas, wrong thinking, false doctrines, and not realize it. The Bible also says that in the last days, ‘perilous times’ come, and ‘seducing spirits’ will lead many into ‘doctrines of devils.’
1 Timothy 4:1 (KJV)
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
Therefore, we need to be wary, careful, and find out how to allow the thinking of God become our thinking too.
WHY DO MANY NOT THINK ON THINGS AS HE WANTS?
Jesus answers with a parable. The parable is an extended simile. Parables illustrate truth, and make it clear by comparison with something that is familiar. They instruct without causing offense. A parable creates interest and hunger for more information. Jesus used parables to reveal many truths. Jesus was quite plain in explaining His reason for using parables.
Matthew 13:10-17 (KJV)
10 And the disciples came, and said unto Him, Why speakest Thou unto them in parables?
11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
KNOWING THAT THE MINDS OF NATURAL MAN ARE INCAPABLE OF UNDERSTANDING GOD’S WAYS, JESUS SPOKE MUCH IN PARABLES.
Matthew 13:34-35 (KJV)
34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake He not unto them:
35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
Thus, a parable is told to reveal "MYSTERIES" (vs. 11).
A mystery is a previously hidden or non-understood truth. For many, in that time, and even still now, do not want to understand certain truths. As Jesus describes, they have closed eyes, and ears.
The minds of the un-regenerated are "WAXED GROSS" (vs. 15).
This means their minds are over-full of other things, and unable to bear the truth.
Jesus said plainly that He was teaching in these parables a truth that had been "KEPT SECRET" (vs. 35).
At the end of Jesus teaching in these parables, He tells us that there is something "NEW" being revealed in these parables. Our curiosity should be aroused to find out what Jesus had taught.
REAL TRUTHS REVEALED FROM GOD,
ARE OFFENSIVE TO THE CARNAL MINDED
The teaching in these parables offended many. It was not received with joy, not the least bit.
Matthew 13:57 (KJV)
57 And they were offended in Him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and in his own house.
Many of the listeners were like the "HARD GROUND" in the parable of the sower. They were like the "BIRDS" in the parable of the mustard tree. They were like the "LEAVEN" in the parable of the leaven in the meal. They were like the "BAD" fish in the parable of the net. Like these, who were "OFFENDED" by Jesus' teaching, many today don't want to accept the teaching. Don't be shocked if many reject this teaching. Too often, the rejection reveals which group they are in, as it did in that time.
THE PROCESS OF LEARNING TO THINK AS GOD DOES,
IS CALLED ENTERING THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.
ENTERING THE KINGDOM GETS US TO THE THRONE
OF THE KING, WHERE WE CAN HEAR HIS THOUGHTS.
What is the ‘kingdom of heaven’, and when and how has it come?
Matthew 4:17 (KJV)
17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
The kingdom of heaven began with the church. The church is part of God's plan to re-establish the kingdom of God over the rebellious of this world. It came therefore, when Jesus paid the price for our sins, allowing us into the family of God, for our sins were remitted, forgiven. Now, we gather as ‘called out ones’ from the kingdom of the devil, into the kingdom of God. Another name for the ‘kingdom of God’ is the church.
Note that the key to entering the kingdom is to "REPENT".
Lack of ‘repentance’ keeps dumb minds dumber.
REPENTANCE is the ‘offensive’ part that many want to avoid.
Matthew 4:17 (KJV)
From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Note, ‘Jesus began to preach and to say’. This indicates this was not a one time sermon. Every sermon began with the ‘preaching’, the ‘saying’ that ‘repentance’ is the key to entrance into His plan. We come into the kingdom, able to sit at the feet of the King of kings, via ‘repentance’.
Repentance is one of the main themes of the Bible, 110 times from Gen. 6:6 to Rev. 16:11.
Words for ‘repent’ in the Bible.
First, the Hebrew word: nacham, (H5162), meaning ‘to sigh, breathe strongly, to be sorry.’ God wants us to ‘be sorry’ for our failures, our sins. If someone loves God, and cares about wanting to think as He does, they will be ‘sorry’ for their wrongs. To wrong someone and not be sorry indicates a self love more than a God love.
Job 42:5-6 (KJV)
5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
A second word translated ‘repent’ is the Hebrew word: shuwb, (H7725), meaning ‘to turn back.’ The Lord wants us to ‘turn back’ from the paths that lead to destruction. God does not choose haphazardly to make something sinful. He identifies what is harmful, dangerous, deadly behavior to be sinful. So, He wants us to ‘turn back’ from those paths that lead to death.
Ezekiel 14:6 (KJV)
6 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.
A third word translated ‘repent’ is the Hebrew word: nocham, (H5164), meaning ‘to regret’. If we love God, and certain things we may do would offend and hurt Him, we should regret having done such.
Hosea 13:14 (KJV)
14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.
A fourth word translated ‘repent’ is the Hebrew word: nichuwm, (H5150), meaning "compassion". If we truly have ‘compassion’ for our Lord, for our fellow man, we have ‘compassion’ in dealing with our wrongs toward them. We will want to get love flowing again between us and them, between God and ourselves.
Hosea 11:8 (KJV)
8 How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver thee, Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah? how shall I set thee as Zeboim? mine heart is turned within me, my repentings are kindled together.
The fifth word translated ‘repent’ is the Greek word: metanoeo, (G3340), meaning ‘to change the mind for the better morally, to change the attitude toward sin.’ Those who do not change their mind toward sin, who love it, and refuse to consider it wrong and harmful to ourselves and to our relationship with God, are not ‘repentant’, and therefore, are unable to hear the words and the thoughts of God.
Luke 13:3 (KJV)
3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
The sixth word for ‘repent’ is the Greek word: metamellomai, (G3338), meaning ‘to regret consequences of sin, not the cause’. This kind of ‘repentance’ is not sufficient to bring us close to God. Judas ‘repented’ in this way, for he regretted the consequence of his sin, but the cause of loving money too much, selling His ‘Lord’, was not regretted. People turned away from him, his friends rejected him for his sin, he would never be accepted by the disciples again. He regretted the loss of his friends, but he did not regret the sin he did.
Matthew 27:3 (KJV)
3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
The final seventh word for ‘repent’ is the Greek word: metanoia, (G3341), meaning ‘a real change of mind and attitude toward sin and its cause, not merely the consequences of it.’ This is the kind of repentance that brings us into the kingdom, and continued ‘repentance’ for sins following prove that our repentance was this kind of repentance. To be sorry enough to get saved means we will continue to change our mind toward things God calls ‘sin’, for we will not want to offend Him following our salvation.
Matthew 9:13 (KJV)
13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Luke 24:47 (KJV)
47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
REPENTANCE BROUGHT US INTO SALVATION, CONTINUED REPENTANCE FOR LATER WRONGS KEEPS US ABLE TO HEAR GOD SPEAK TO OUR MINDS.
The ‘kingdom of heaven’ is literally, "kingdom from the heavens." This kingdom is headed by Jesus Christ, and His goal is to re-establish the kingdom of God over this rebellious earth.
Jesus offered this kingdom to those of that time of His first coming, we continue to offer it, and the entrance is still by ‘repent’.
Matthew 3:1-2 (KJV)
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Matthew 4:17 (KJV)
From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Matthew 10:7 (KJV)
And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
We enter by ‘repentance’ and come to the throne to hear God speak to our hearts. After this age, Christ will come and set up a literal earthly kingdom forever. All therein will be those who have ‘repented’. Others will go to damnation.
Revelation 11:15 (KJV)
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
Isaiah 9:6-7 (KJV)
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Luke 1:32-33 (KJV)
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
THE KINGDOM IS UNDER ATTACK,
THE DEVIL WANTS TO CORRUPT OUR MINDS,
GOD WANTS TO GIVE US HIS THINKING.
THE ONLY THING THAT
WILL GET THIS WORLD BACK
TO THINKING ARIGHT,
TO BEING MORAL,
TO LIVING AND BEING TRULY CHRISTIAN,
Electing the right political leader does not change this world, writing the right laws will not make men obey them, ... ONLY REPENTANCE will change this world.
Matthew 11:12 (KJV)
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
The kingdom of heaven had been suffering attacks of the devil, of the world -- but when Jesus came, people could now enter the kingdom by forcibly evicting the devil and sin from their lives. So we now are living in this time of the "KINGDOM OF HEAVEN." We need to forcibly reject the errant, deceived thinking of our own minds. We need to decline the thinking of the world. God wants to share with us, His thinking. We need to preach REPENTANCE, and do it ourselves first.