The Stories Of Jesus #2

Matthew 7:6 “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.”

Holy things have great value, they are as costly pearls. We need to learn to place the proper value that they deserve, upon them. Jesus did this, he shared the mysteries of the kingdom of God to his disciples, but not unto other people. To other people these mysteries remain hidden.

Matthew 13:10-11 “And the disciples came and said unto him, Why do you speak unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but unto them it is not given.”

What a blessing and an honor to be given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven! Today, the modern church places very little or no value upon these mysteries. They have discarded and rejected these mysteries, and they have utterly refused to become disciples of Jesus Christ. Oh, they claim to be disciples, but their definition of being a disciple does not require meeting the requirements that Jesus made for being a disciple. So they are not truly disciples, no matter what they claim to be. Listen to what a true disciple of Jesus said, when others fell away.

Luke 6:66-68 “From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, will you also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? you have the words of eternal life.”

I LOVE that answer! To whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life!

Do you want to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven? Do you want eternal life? Then follow the example of Simon Peter and place the proper value upon the words of Jesus Christ. You must recognize that only Jesus has the words of eternal life. Not anyone else. So fill yourself with the words of Jesus Christ and obey them. This is eternal life.

Matthew 7:15-20 “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns? or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is chopped down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.”

We need to be on the lookout at all times for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing. They put on a false front of being a sheep. They can speak, look, and act like a sheep; at least for a time. But by their fruits you shall know them.

Revelation 2:2 “I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you cannot bear them which are evil: and you have tried them which say that they are apostles, and are not, and have found them liars.”

The message of a false prophet or false apostle will always be to lead us away from the doctrine of Christ. The only salvation that there is, is to receive the doctrine of Christ and to obey it.

2 John 1:9-11 “Whosoever transgresses, and abides not in the doctrine of Christ, has not God. He that abides in the doctrine of Christ, he has both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God Speed: for he that bids him God Speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”

Notice, John said, if there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine. These are people who come to convert you with their doctrine. They are like the Mormons and the Jehovah’s Witnesses who come knocking at your door. These are not people you meet, or who come to visit, or are family members. So we still need to practice hospitality to all people, up until the point where they attempt to convert us to their false doctrine. Then we are to reject them, not receive them into our house, shake hands with them, or tell them, “God bless you.” We are not to separate ourselves from all non-believers any more than Jesus did.

Luke 19:1-10 “And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for today I must abide at your house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, that he was gone to be the guest of a man who was a sinner. And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor: and if I have taken anything from any man by false accusation, I restore him four fold. And Jesus said unto him, this day is salvation come to this house, for as much as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Luke 17:34-36 “I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, the other left.”

Matthew 7:24-27 “Therefore whosoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that hears these sayings of mine, and does them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”

Whosoever hears these sayings of MINE. Jesus is not talking about the Bible in general. He is not talking about the Old Testament or the Pauline epistles. Jesus said, these sayings of MINE. In the context, he is talking about the entire Sermon on the Mount. He also speaks about ALL of his sayings, every single word of them. We know this because of Jesus’ last great command to the apostles in the great commission.

They were to “Teach them to obey ALL things WHATSOEVER I have commanded YOU.” (Matthew 28:20).

That would be every single thing that Jesus said in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. This is what Jesus commanded the apostles to teach to the church. This is the doctrine of Christ as mentioned in 2 John 1:9. Jesus places GREAT IMPORTANCE upon his own words. Jesus is the Word of God.

John 6:45 “It is written in the prophets, and they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and has learned of the Father, comes unto me.”

John 7:16-17 “Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself”

John 8:26-28 “I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. They understood not that he spoke to them of the Father. Then said Jesus unto them, When you have lifted up the Son of man, then shall you know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father has taught me, I speak these things.”

John 8:31-32 “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue in my Word, then are you my disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Today, the false prophets tell us that what Jesus taught was only for that time. It all belonged to a different dispensation. Now we are in the church age, and we are to obey the epistles.

I went to Bible College. The founder was a false prophet who taught this doctrine. This is the spirit of anti-Christ. It is against the doctrine of Christ. It is obedience to the doctrine of Christ, that is, every word that Jesus spoke and commanded, that saves us. There is no salvation except through obedience to the doctrine of Christ. So, what is YOUR LIFE founded upon? Are you a wise man who hears Jesus’ sayings and obeys them, thus building a foundation upon the rock? Or, are you a foolish man who hears Jesus’ sayings and does not obey them, thus constructing no foundation at all? Your salvation or your damnation, heaven or hell, depends on which choice you make concerning obeying or not obeying Jesus’ sayings.

Matthew 9:15-17 “And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bride chamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast. No man puts a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up takes from the garment, and the rent is made worse. Neither do men put new wine into old bottles; else the bottles break, and the wine runs out, and the bottles perish; but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.”

These sayings of Jesus were proceeded by a question. “Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but your disciples fast not?” (verse 14).

First, Jesus tells them that his disciples cannot mourn as long as he is with them. Jesus links mourning and fasting together. He said that when he was taken from them, then they would fast. During the arrest, crucifixion, and burial of Jesus, the disciples mourned greatly. There was great weeping and fasting. How could anyone mourn or fast when Jesus was physically with them?

Psalm 16:11 “You will show me the path of life: in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand there are pleasures ever more.”

The disciples were in the very presence of God Almighty. Jehovah God became a man, and his name was Jesus. The part about the old and new garments, the old and new wine, speaks of the old covenant and the new covenant, the law of Moses and the kingdom of God. The disciples of John asked about fasting, but they asked about it in the context of the old covenant. Jesus was telling them that they cannot mix the old covenant with the new covenant. Jesus came preaching and teaching the kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus said, “The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presses into it.” (Luke 16:16).

So Jesus did not preach nor teach the law or the prophets. Everything that Jesus taught, said, preached, and commanded was part of the kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven. So the question about fasting by the disciples of John, did not mix with the teaching and preaching of Jesus. The disciples of John spoke of the law and the prophets. This did not mix with the kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven that Jesus spoke of. So, even on the subject of fasting, there is old covenant fasting, and there is new covenant fasting. They are two entirely different things. The deed itself may be the same, but one is old and the other is new. Jesus taught fasting in the kingdom of God.

Matthew 6:16-18 “Moreover when you fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face; that you appear not unto men to fast, but unto your Father which is in secret: and your Father, which sees in secret, shall reward you openly.”

Luke 6:21,25 “Blessed are you that hunger now: for you shall be filled. Blessed are you that weep now; for you shall laugh. Woe unto you that are full! for you shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for you shall mourn and weep.”

What is the purpose of mourning, weeping, and fasting in the kingdom of God?

Luke 9:23-25 “And he said to them all, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever shall save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?”

James 4:4-10 “You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Or do you think that the scripture says in vain, the Spirit that dwells in us lusts to envy? But he gives more grace. Wherefore he says, God resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”

We are to daily deny ourselves and humble ourselves before God. Our SELF is very much alive and needs DAILY denial to keep it under control. So mourning, weeping, and fasting in the kingdom of God is to do this.

Matthew 13:3-15 “And he spoke many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; and when he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside, and the fowls came and devoured them up: some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some a hundred fold, some sixty fold, some thirty fold. Who has ears to hear let him hear. And the disciples came and said unto him, Why do you speak unto them in parables? 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. For whosoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that he has. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophesy of Esaias, which said, By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive: for this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest 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.”

The parable of the sower without the interpretation is impossible to understand. Even with the interpretation, only a few people understand it. Only a disciple of Jesus can clearly understand it. Jesus said, “Who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Either you have ears to hear, or you do not have ears to hear. Only those that the Father has chosen have ears to hear. The disciples asked, “Why do you speak unto them in parables?” Jesus spoke to the disciples openly, and not in parables, so naturally they wanted to know why Jesus spoke to other people in parables. Why them and not us? The reply of Jesus is very revealing. “Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.”

Before I became a disciple of Jesus I did not understand his parables. I partially understood, but not fully. Therefore I was also in error. Partial truth is error. Only pure truth is truth. In March of 2010 I quit my job and began to live by faith. I began to serve Jesus as a street preacher. I gave a lot of time to study and to deep thought. Little by little light began to shine. Now six and a half years later, I have a good understanding of Jesus’ sayings. I also notice that the famous pastors, teachers, and evangelists DO NOT correctly understand Jesus’ sayings. They do partially, but not fully. They do alright foe awhile, and then they miss it. Why? They have not met nor obeyed the conditions of discipleship that Jesus taught. They are holding back. And, “He who saves his life shall lose it, but he who loses his life for my sake shall find it.” Only disciples are given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. I have noticed something else too. Even though I openly speak of the mysteries of the kingdom of God, people still don’t get it. It is hidden from them.

Proverbs 1:6 “To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.”

What is light to me is a dark saying to other people. I see what many others do not see. I tell them, but they do not have eyes to see, or ears to hear, or hearts that understand. Some day soon people WILL UNDERSTAND!

Revelation 7:9,13-14 “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindred, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these that are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, you know. And he said to me, these are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

Praise the Lord! All of the mysteries of the kingdom of God are hidden FOR the true disciples of Jesus. Become a disciple, following the conditions that Jesus set forth, and you too will receive eyes that see, ears that hear, and a heart that understands.

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