Not So Random Thoughts 7

Matthew 22: 29 But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God. 30 “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 31 “But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God: 32 ‘I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF
JACOB ‘? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”

Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. 28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,

It should be easily seen that unregenerate people do not make good interpreters of Scripture because they are not spiritual people and that is true regardless of how scholarly they are and how religious they are. The natural man is always suppressing the truth of God and that includes scholars and religious people. God blinds people and hardens hearts as judgment upon their suppressing the truth about Him and they exchange the truth of God for lies about God. So many people wonder why there are so many interpretations of the Bible in our day, but it is no real mystery. God hardens the hearts and blinds the eyes of people and they interpret the Scriptures according to those hardened hearts and blinded eyes.

Matthew 13:10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” 11 Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. 12 “For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. 13 “Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.

Why did Jesus speak in parables? It is not because of all the popular answers given to us today, but Jesus Himself told us why He spoke in parables. He spoke in parables in order to hide the truth rather than reveal the truth. He hid the truth as a way of bringing judgment. While it is so hard for people to swallow, understanding Scripture is not a matter of free-will either. That is also the sovereign prerogative of God. A good understanding of Scripture and of the character and nature of God are given to those whom He is pleased to give it.

Matthew 13:14 “In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, ‘YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND; YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE; 15 FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL, WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR, AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES, OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES, HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN, AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.’

John 12:37 But though He had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him. 38 This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet which he spoke: “LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT? AND TO WHOM HAS THE ARM OF THE LORD BEEN REVEALED?”39 For this reason they could not believe, for Isaiah said again, 40 “HE HAS BLINDED THEIR EYES AND HE HARDENED THEIR HEART, SO THAT THEY WOULD NOT SEE WITH THEIR EYES AND PERCEIVE WITH THEIR HEART, AND BE CONVERTED AND I HEAL THEM.”

The passage in John 12 (just above) is crystal clear to this point. It tells us that “for this reason they could not believe.” Why could they not believe? Was it because they did not choose to do so? Was it because they did not exercise the free-will to do so? No, it was because He had blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts so that they could not see and perceive. It does not matter if one is a professor at a seminary or a pastor of a large congregation, that person is utterly dependent upon God for spiritual understanding. In fact, being a professor or pastor can lead to a greater blindness because knowledge puffs a person up and makes them proud. This is true whether a person is orthodox or liberal or whatever. This is true regardless of a person’s wealth or status in life. God opposes the proud and one way He does this is by blinding them and hardening their hearts and leaves them without any spiritual understanding while they go on puffed up with information about the Bible and false ideas about God.

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