Mystery of the Kingdom

The first time the word “Mystery” is used in the King James Version of the Bible is in Mark 4:11 when Jesus after telling the parable of the Sower and Soils, sometimes called the parable of “Four Soils” (Mark 4:3-9; Mat 13:1-9, & Luke 8:4-8) responds to the question in Mark 4:10 “And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.

Mystery of the Kingdom

Mar 4:11 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.

Some interpret the above verse to say that Christ was concealing the understanding of parables, however He is saying that only those who are “born again” believers, true followers of Christ will understand.

He said to them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those outside, everything is in parables, (net)

In John 14:26 Jesus tells His followers, that the Holy Spirit will teach us (His disciples) the understanding of His Word including the parables.

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:6

Jesus Explains the Parable in Mark 4:13-20 and also in Mat 13:18–23 & Luke 8:11–15.

Mar 4:13-20 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?[14] The sower soweth the word.[15] And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.[16] And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;[17] And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.[18] And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,[19] And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.[20] And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

“The Word” spoken of in Mark 4:14, 15, 16, 17, 18. 19 and 20 is Mystery of the Kingdom of God.

“The Word” is also referred to as the “Wisdom of God”, the “hidden Wisdom” that was ordained (planned before) the world.

1Co 2:7-8 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: [8] Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

Col 2:2-3 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgmentof the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;[3] In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Rom 16:25 Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

The “preaching of Jesus” (Rom 16:25) is the Mystery (wisdom) of God (col 2:2-3) that was kept secret before the foundation of the world (1 cor 2:7-8) is “the Seed (the Word) spoken of in the parable of the Seed” Mark 4:13-20.

What is “the Word”? We progress through this study, we will see “the word (seed)” of the parable is what Paul says is “God’s power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ.

The “Preaching of Jesus” is the Mystery planned before the World was created. Before creation God foreknew that Adam would by free choice give into the temptation of Satan and disobey God’s Command not to take of the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” and God established a plan of restoration, a mystery.

God Created: Creation

Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.[27] So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

God Commanded:

Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Gen 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:[17] But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

God had created Adam (man) and give him dominion (responsibility) and commanded him not to eat (implies freedom to choose). He also holds him accountable! God said if you chose to disobey there is a penalty of death which implies if you do not eat there would be life. (Choose life or death)

Satan (the serpent) Temps:

Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?[2] And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:[3] But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:[5] For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

First Sin: The Fall

Gen 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

1Jo 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

Choose Life:

God’s Law is based upon His Commands and contains the basic structure of “life or death”. We will find this same structure when God gives Moses the “Ten Commandments” which forms the basis of what we call the Old Testament (Covenant) made with Israel.

Deu 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

As we progress through this study of God’s Mystery, we will also see that the New Testament (Covenant) is also establish on the same concept, of life or death, chose life!

Jhn 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Jhn 3:17-18 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.[18] He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

The concept of a choice (freedom to chose) is a basic foundational concept of God’s Mystery and also His Covenant Relationship with man.

This offer and the choice of life is the foundation of the story of redemption (the mystery of God).

One way of studding the Bible and gaining an understanding of the Mystery of God is through the theological concept of Redemptive Theology. Redemptive Theology sees the Bible as four movements; Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration.

Redemptive Theology sees the story of Redemption starting in Genesis chapter 3 immediately after Adam and Eve sin by disobeying God.

Gen 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. [8] And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.[9] And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

God called out and asked, Where art thou? God is all knowing, He knew what Adam had done and that Adam was hiding and trying to cover his sin (naked before God). When we sin, we are like Adam, we hid from God and others and try to cover our sins through lying and blaming others, etc. Just like Adam and Eve did.

Gen 3:10-12 And he (Adam) said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.[11] And he said, who told thee that thou was naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? [12] And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

This is the point that the story of Redemption starts. Many Bible scholars see Gen 3:15 as the first foreshadowing (type) of Christ. The typology of Christ moves from the Seed of Eve (Luke 3:38), to be the Seed of Abraham (Mat 1:1), to the Seed of David becoming Christ Jesus

Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Mat 1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Luke 3:38 Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.

In Gal 3:16, 29 we will see how the Seed typology is amplified in Galatians chapter 3 to show the linkage of Gen 3:15 into the New Testament of Christ and the church (true Israel)

Gal 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

Gal 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

God’s Word also shows the foreshadowing of the crucifixion Christ in Gen 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins and clothed them.

This fulfills the requirement of Heb 9:22And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”

By God killing an animal to cover the nakedness of Adam and Eve, He establishes the sacrificial system of the Old Testament that is completed at the crucifixion of Christ!

Bible interpretation is much like mathematics which has “rules” to follow for consistent results. However, unlike math we cannot agree on the rules!

Hermeneutics (our set of rules) is the term we use to determine and understand the meaning of Biblical text. The purpose of Hermeneutics is to bridge the gap between our minds and the minds of the Biblical writers through a thorough knowledge of the original languages, ancient history and the comparison of Scripture with Scripture.

Biblical Exegesis is a critical explanation or interpretation of a text, especially a religious text by use of the hermeneutical rules.

In Mathematics “the order of operations” is a mathematical and algebraic set of rules. It is used to evaluate (solve) and simplify expressions and equations. The order of operations is the order that different mathematical operations are done. The standard mathematical operations are addition (+), subtraction (−), multiplication (* or ×), division (/), brackets (grouping symbols used to indicate order of operations like (), [] and {}[1]) and exponentiation (^n or n, also called orders or indices).[2][3]

Mathematicians have agreed on a correct order to use operations, and it is very important that they know these rules. When people are solving a problem with more than one operation, they will need to know the correct order to solve the problem correctly. Otherwise, the answer will be wrong.

Just as in math, if one does not follow the same operation or the specific order of operation, they get different results. This is true in Bible interpretation and is one of the key reasons we have the Jewish, Catholic and Protestant faiths, plus the very large number of protestant denominations such as Baptists, Methodists, and Presbyterians.

This study uses the theological concepts of Redemptive theology supported by Biblical theology, typology, and prophecy which are all concepts of man that have a high level of consistency of agreement in the interpretation of Scripture.

“Redemptive Theology” as being separate to the traditional theologies of Systematic, Biblical, Covenant, and Dispensationalism has taken hold in the past few years. This theology has at its heart a “redemptive-historical” hermeneutic instead of the “grammatical-historical” of the more traditional ones.

“Redemptive Theology” sees the revelation of God’s plan and provision of Redemption as “progressive” is in view of the forward movement of Biblical history, starting with the sin (fall) of Adam and Eve in Gensis chapter 3 in all of its twists and turns, toward its intended goal, Christ (the Seed of Eve).

Redemptive theology has a lot in common with Biblical Theology which is the study of the doctrines of the Bible, arranged according to their chronology and historical background. This concept of Biblical Theology’s historical progression is in agreement with Redemptive Theology.

Biblical typology is a method of biblical interpretation whereby an element found in the Old Testament is seen to prefigure one found in the New Testament. The initial one is called the type and the fulfillment is designated the anti-type.

One definition of prophecy is a prediction of something to come. Biblical prophecy predicts future events. For example, many of the Old Testament prophecies have already been filled with many of them by Christ Himself in his first advent (coming) and a number yet to be fulfilled at His second advent (coming) discussed in the book of Revelation.

In fact, God’s Mystery is prophesied to be complete at the second advent (coming) of Christ!

Rev 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

Back to the parable of the Seed which ends with Mark 4:8 And other fell on good ground and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some a hundred.

When Jesus interprets this parable for us, He shows us that a true disciple hears God’s Word, the Mystery (the Gospel of Christ), it takes root in their heart, and they produce fruit for Christ!

As true disciples of Christ Mark 4:20 will become alive in our lives.

Mark 4:20 And these (seed) are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

The Mystery of God in the New Testament is a truth never previously known, and a truth which human intellect could never discover, but one which has now been made known by divine revelation.

God’s Mystery

Mystery of God Intro

God’s Mystery Paradox

God’s Plan a Mystery

Mystery of the Kingdom

Mystery of Christ

Mystery of Resurrection 

Mystery Christ in You

Mystery of Church

Mystery of God’s Will

Mystery of the Seven Churches

Mystery of Iniquity

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