By: Robert Serreyn
Question? If Parables were to REVEAL TRUTH, please explain Mark 4:10-12?
Mark 4:10-12 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. (11) And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: (12) That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
In V12 the Lord Jesus is quoting from Isaiah 6:9-10.
Isaiah 6:9-10 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. (10) Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
During his earthly ministry Jesus HAD PROCLAIMED that he was the Messiah that had been prophesied to come, but he was MOSTLY REJECTED due to UNBELIEF by the majority of the people and the Religious Leaders (Sounds like today, nothing has changed).
When Jesus taught, he often taught in Parables for the sole purpose to help those WHO BELIEVE understand and to FRUSTRATE THOSE who had ALREADY choosen by their OWN UNBELIEF to Reject him as their Saviour (Messiah) and his word.
The Bible states in Matthew 13:15
“For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed;”
By their OWN DOING they have closed their eyes to “The Truth”, Today is no different, MANY do not understand the Word of God BECAUSE they have ALREADY REJECTED “The Source and Revealer of Truth” the Lord Jesus Christ.
Isaiah and all the other prophets had the SAME PROBLEM, IN FACT they killed God’s messengers of His Word and they even killed Christ BECAUSE “The Truth” convicts and reveals the “Sinfulness of Man”.
Man is Unrighteous and his “Absolute Best” is FILTHY RAGS in God’s sight.
Isaiah 64:6 explains…
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
The ONLY WAY a person can be allowed into God’s Perfect Kingdom (Heaven) is by Recieving the Lord Jesus Righteousness (Perfection) by Faith Alone in the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ as the complete payment for their sins, then upon the very moment of belief then Christ Perfection (Righteousness) is placed upon their account and God NO LONGER sees their sin but the PERFECTION (Righteousness) of the Lord Jesus Christ THROUGH his shed blood on the Cross.
The MOST IMPORTANT thing to know IS Jesus Christ as savior, just simply believe that Jesus Christ went to the cross and DIED and shed his blood, was BURIED and three days later RESURRECTED from the dead to pay for your sins.
The moment that you do YOU HAVE (at that second and forever) Everlasting Life which WILL NEVER be taken away no matter what.
-Christ DIED for you – Romans 5:8
-Christ PAID your sins in full – 2 Corinthians 5:21,1 Peter 2:24
-BELIEVE (Trust In Completely) in Christ ALONE as the complete payment of sin for salvation – John 3:16, Acts 16:31, Ephesians 2:8,9
“For the wages(payment) of sin is death (eternal torment in hell); but the GIFT(salvation) of God is eternal life THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord”. Romans 6:23
IT IS THAT SIMPLE – THE GOSPEL TRUTH