Granted to Know the Mystery

After telling the parable of the soils in Matthew 13, Jesus’ disciples come and ask Him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” So he answers, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.”

Jesus Christ thus sets up several great truths about the way the world hears (and doesn’t hear) truth.

  • There are only two groups of people; one who hears the truth and understands is, and one who does not.
  • God is the one who determines the groups.
  • Those to whom it has been granted are to respond in humble, tear-filled joy.
  • Those who do not hear and believe are completely responsible for their own unbelief.

Now I’ve heard a lot of people tell me that whether we hear and believe is up to us, not God. So you who take such glory away from God answer me this – when I read this passage, am I to break down in weeping praise to God, or for the knowledge of God am I to thank myself?

Which do you honestly believe? May God grant you to know His beautiful mystery and praise Him.


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

2 Responses to Granted to Know the Mystery

  1. Brian L. says:

    Check this out, I wrote it shortly after reading your post and doing a lot of research:

  2. Britt says:


    Thanks for leaving that note. I need to post on MLK this year long before the dreaded day so that I’m not just being so reactionary but rather proactive, and more gracious.

    It’s just so sad that people so often use (reverse) racism in this case to overlook obvious heresy. But then, I suppose we do that for false prophets everyday.

    Thanks again,

    Britt at crossonmyback

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