Matthew 13: Many prophets and righteous men cannot see and hear in order to understand the Kingdom

Bible: Be diligent because the unlearned and unstable do not understand and fall unto their own destruction; and are led away by the error of the wicked

Matthew 13

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.

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Matthew 13–the Kingdom of God

 

Matthew 13: Those not in the Kingdom will be cast into the furnace of fire where there is wailing and gnashing of teeth

 

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven;

 

Dr. Gary North, Priorities and Dominion: An Economic Commentary on Matthew

A. The Centrality of God’s Kingdom
Jesus made it clear that seeking God’s kingdom is priority number
one for the individual. Most people today and in the past have not ac-
knowledged this fact, not even to themselves. They suppress the truth
that their own nature and the creation reveal about God (Rom. 1:18–25).
This does not mean that Jesus was wrong about mankind’s top
priority. It means only that most men are in rebellion against God.
Evangelical Christians too often believe that God’s top priority is
the salvation of menThis is a man-centered viewpoint, a kind of bap-
tized humanism for Christians. It makes them think that they are the
center of God’s concernThey are not. God is the center of God’s con-
cern.

The universe is theocentric.

If the salvation of men were God’s primary concern, then He is
surely suffering a massive program failure, for comparatively few people so far have been saved.

The Centrality of God’s Kingdom, by Dr. Gary North

 

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