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“The secret of the knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom of God has been given to you.” [Mark 4.11 & Luke 8.10 merged]

This is but one of many revelations that will be published when the testimony of the Holy Spirit is revealed.  But for now, as elect of the Holy Spirit, the Lord, it is time for you to understand it, and when you have understood it, to then master it.

How does one come to know anything about another country unless one is prepared to not only see or read about that country, but to go and live there and learn to be a native of that country until you are a native?  Likewise, how can anyone know about the Kingdom of God unless not only after you have seen it and have entered it, but after you entered it, you participate in it until you become part of it and it becomes part of you.

Being born again from above allows a person to see the Kingdom of God as Jesus said in John 3.3… but just because you see the kingdom does not entitle you to its secrets.  Indeed, tourists see the countries they travel through, but you can be certain that they know nothing of their secrets.  Certainly in these days of TV, seeing is not a key to knowing the secrets of a nation or kingdom.

Being born of water and the Spirit, and receiving the Kingdom of God like a child, as Jesus said, may allow you to enter it, but again, entry into a kingdom does not mean you have access to its secrets.  Having seen and entered and therefore living there may allow you to know some of its traditions, cultures and values, but its secrets?  No expatriate living in another nation really comes to know all its secrets, even if he were a spy.  And even when you become a citizen of that nation, you know full well not even the citizens are privy to the knowledge of the secrets of their country.

So what then is the secret of the knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom of God, which has been given openly to the disciples as Jesus said in Mark 4.11 and Luke 8.10?  It is hidden until the testimony of the Holy Spirit is made ready, and then it can be plainly seen that the secret of the knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom of God has been given to those “…with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop—thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown.” [Luke 8.15 & Mark 4.20 merged]

What then is a good and noble heart?  It is that which is the heart of God, for God is always good as Jesus said, and a noble heart is one that not only is honourable and chivalrous, but seeks for the betterment of others at his own cost.  That is the nobility of God as displayed in His Son who, though being King, came not to rule but to serve.

As such, those who are evil and self-seeking in their hearts will never know the secrets of the Kingdom of God.  Even if you are ‘good’ – you keep all the commandments; you are even an apostle – that does not make your heart good or noble either.

Since we are often told to learn from the example set by the apostles when, in truth, we should only learn from the example set by Jesus, for He said, “Follow Me,” not, “Follow them,” and they, the apostles, were to teach us “…to obey everything I have commanded…” [Matthew 28.20] and not whatever they commanded… let us look for goodness and nobility in the heart of the apostle who was given the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven [Matthew 16.19] but not of the Kingdom of God.  Is walking out on water [Matthew 14.28] when you should be repenting, the display of a good and noble heart?  Is sitting down in a courtyard to warm yourself by a fire, whilst your Lord whom you would die for is being slapped and hit only meters from you, a display of a good and noble heart?  Is to answer, “…phileo…” when you were asked, “…do you truly agape Me more than these?” [John 21.15] a good and noble heart that has the honesty to say, “No,” first?  So then, to learn from even the apostles?  I think not, elect, for a good and noble heart lays only with God and His Son.  As such, only those who have learned to listen to Him and put His words earnestly to practice need come near.

There is another though, also an apostle, who can be your inspiration, one who persecuted the disciples to death, who then himself sought to repay the harm he had done by standing up against all who displayed hypocrisy to the words of the Lord, even if he were another apostle.

However, for you, elect, the Jesus that the Holy Spirit reveals through His testimony, who is the exact Image of the Father, for They are One, is the One who has the requisite goodness and nobility in His heart for you to copy so that you may truly hear the word.

You see, a word can be spoken, but how you hear that word, how you accept that word, and how you retain that word, depend on the condition of your heart.  Whereas the eleven may never have heard the word nor accepted it, and certainly did not retain it, the pharisees and the chief priests who successfully murdered Jesus certainly heard the word He spoke, and accepted it and retained it.  But unfortunately, because their hearts were evil, murderous and cowardly, that was how they reacted to the word Jesus spoke, “After three days I will rise again.” [Matthew 27.63] A secret that Jesus Himself never told them, but only to the twelve. [Mark 8.31; 9.31; 10.34; Luke 18.33] A secret that undoubtedly Judas Iscariot told them as part of his betrayal… so that the enemies of the Lord so believed the betrayer of the Lord that they broke the Sabbath to go and see Pilate to have him post a guard and seal the tomb in case there was a plot to steal the body to deceive the people about the rising of Jesus from the dead. [Matthew 27.62-63]

The evil and the absence of nobility in the hearts of the chief priests and pharisees had been evident throughout the ministry of Jesus.  Hypocrites that they were – unable to heal the sick – they persecuted Jesus for doing what they could not do for the people they were supposed to care for because He healed on a Sabbath.  And in Matthew 27.62 the Holy Spirit bears witness that these same people confirmed the truth of Jesus’ words by hypocritically breaking the Sabbath by going to see Pilate!

So the problem lays not in hearing, accepting, retaining and persevering with the word, for if the heart is not good and noble, it will not yield the crop of not only the word sown, but also of the Person sown.  For clearly, in teaching this parable to the twelve when He was alone with them, the Lord said, “The farmer sows the word.  Some people are like seed…” [Mark 4.14-15] so that what has been sown in the Kingdom of God is not just the message of the kingdom, but also the people of the Kingdom of God, and two Persons in particular – the Son of the King and Their Holy Spirit.

Many who are and will be in the Kingdom of God are people who are “…like seed along the path…  Others, like seed sown on rocky places…  Still others, like seed sown among thorns…  Others, like seed sown on good soil…” [Mark 4.15-16, 18, 20] Whereas the result is predictable with the pharisees even though they believed the message of the apostle sent to them (Judas Iscariot), and they accepted, retained and persevered with the word they heard… the results are not so predictable with those who are in the Kingdom of God, who have been born again of water and the Spirit, who have been instructed about it.

For the eleven did not accept it and the message was snatched away like a bird snatching a seed.  And then when they did go and see the empty tomb and heard the message again… they still did not believe it for fear of persecution, and the word came to nothing.  And even though they accepted the message with joy when it came from Jesus’ own mouth in their presence, it still did not bear fruit, but withered as soon as the pleasure of going fishing was offered instead of the inaction and boredom of waiting in the city.  So the word was fruitless and the Holy Spirit still could not come to them whilst Jesus was present on the Earth.  And that fruitlessness, that failure to mature, continued as not only the pleasure of fishing choked them, but the cares and anxieties of appearing acceptable to others, and the deceitfulness of wealth and riches of raising up a big congregation continued to choke them all through the records of Luke.  And there was never, never recorded the appearance of a kingdom from within them amongst them… an everlasting kingdom of power where people ate, drank and talked with joy, peace and righteousness.  The seed may have grown, but the weeds choked it and it never matured.  The kingdom displayed by Jesus and the Person of Jesus was never multiplied 30, 60, 100 times… all because no one persevered with the word.

They left the tomb too early, for if they had at least hung back like Mary did, they would at least have also seen the Lord.  However, they persevered in something else.  When Mary returned and said, “I have seen the Lord!” [John 20.18] they persevered in their unbelief.  And after Jesus told them, “I am going to send you what My Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high,” [Luke 24.49] they again did not persevere… but left to go fishing at Peter’s suggestion, and the rest is history.

So what then is the secret of the knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom of God?  Elect, you have to be like seed on good soil – people with good and noble hearts who hear the word, accept it, retain it and by persevering, seek to produce the 30, 60, 100 fold.

It is not enough that you do something like Jesus or be someone like Jesus.  In some little way you have to have the desire to do more than He did – 30, 60, 100 fold – and dare to dream to be more than He is – 30, 60, 100 fold – for even though it may seem impossible and it may not be achieved, but at least have the goodness and nobility of heart to desire it for Them who gave everything of Themselves for you that you may be where They are.

Selah.

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