The Secrets of the Kingdom are Not Revealed in the Ages Past, But Now in the Church Age

But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear” (Matt. 13:16). Jesus calls the disciples, “blessed,” because they have received the secrets of the kingdom.

“For assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it” (Matt. 13:17). Jesus says that the secrets of the kingdom were not given to the past generation, but to the present. Thus, we can say that God deals with different people differently in different times. (This is a basic principle in the theological system called, dispensationalism.) God did not give kingdom secrets in the age of the Law in the OT. But God reveals kingdom secrets in the age of the Church in the teachings of Jesus. It is the present, not the past generation, that now sees the fulfillment of the OT prophecies—the dawning of the kingdom.

At the time of Jesus, Jewish apocalyptic writers wrote of the coming golden age of the kingdom. But Jesus did not bother to teach about the future kingdom. Instead, he speaks of the invasion of the future in the present. In this invasion of the future kingdom in the present, Jesus confronts men and women with the call to decide—either to receive the Messiah or to reject the Messiah. The kingdom parables, therefore, state God’s actions in the present, and the people’s response to those actions.[1]

Thus, I will close by confronting you with the same call of Jesus. Will you receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Will you reject him in your unbelief? Will you persevere in following Jesus? Will you give up the kingdom of Jesus in your heart? The choice is yours.

I hope that you will say today, “There is no Savior of my sins but Jesus. There is no Lord of my life but Jesus. There is no king but King Jesus, whom I will bow down, I will obey, and I will serve.”

[1] Hare, Matthew, 148.


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