Hello and welcome back!
My wife, Rhonda, asked me to say hello to you so here it is:
Rhonda: “Hello everyone! Enjoy your study!”
Thank you, dear. Ok, let’s get started!
I pray that all is well in your life as we begin this next look into the parables of Jesus.
Today, we are going to take a look at the overall, Big Picture of the parable. In other words, each parable that Jesus tells reveals the Big Picture and that picture was, is, and always will be The Kingdom of Heaven!
You may be thinking, “What? Every parable that Jesus tells that is recorded in God’s holy word, the Bible, is talking about the kingdom of heaven?”
Yes it is — the kingdom and what it consists of.
“This study reveals to the children of God the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven that the great prophets longed to see and understand but were not allowed to see during their earthly lives.”
Sometimes the kingdom of heaven is referred to as the kingdom of God. They are both the same thing. There is only one kingdom; it is God’s kingdom in heaven. Matthew makes this quite plain:
“He answered them, ‘Because the secrets of the kingdom of heaven have been given for you to know, but it has not been given to them’” [emphasis mine].
~ Matthew 13:11 (HCSB)
The reason that we are also studying the beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount along with Jesus’ parables is because the kingdom of heaven is also the big picture there also; in fact, Jesus’ whole 3 ½ year ministry was about the kingdom of God!
Within the big picture of the kingdom of God we also find three close-up snap shots. These three snapshots are as follows:
The Character of the Kingdom of God
The main parables that reflect this character of the kingdom are:
- The Mustard Seed (Matthew 13:31-32).
- The Leaven (Matthew 13:33).
- The Hidden Treasure (Matthew 13:44).
- The Pearl of Great Price (Matthew 13:45-46).
The King’s Character presents a snapshot within the big picture of the kingdom of Jesus Himself:
- The Vineyard Workers (Matthew 20:1-16).
- The Prodigal (Lost) Son (Luke 15:11-32)
Character of the Subjects of God’s kingdom is referring to the individuals that make up the body of Christ in the church:
- The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37).
- The Persistent Widow (Luke 18:1-8).
In this study, we are not eliminating the other parables. What we are doing is showing the parables that point out these three snap shots and the obvious parables that represent them; all within the main big picture of the kingdom of God.
The other parables of Jesus also represent one or more of these three, close up snapshots of The kingdom’s character, the king’s character, and the subjects of the kingdom’s character. All of the parables will be covered in this study!
This study reveals to the children of God the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven that the great prophets longed to see and understand but were not allowed to see during their earthly lives.
You have that privilege because you are resting in Jesus because you have been saved and adopted into the kingdom ( if not, please consider accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior).
Take a look at Matthew 13:11 and Matthew 13:35 below:
“He answered them, ‘Because the secrets of the kingdom of heaven have been given for you to know, but it has not been given to them’” (emphasis mine; those who are not true followers).
~ Matthew 13:11 (HCSB)
Now look at Matthew 13:35 below:
“…so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled: I will open My mouth in parables; I will declare things kept secret from the foundation of the world.”
~ Matthew 13:35 (HCSB)
This scripturally proves that until this time in the history of God’s creation these truths have never been revealed even to God’s chosen people. They were not even revealed even to Abraham, Moses, David, all the way up until the ministry of Christ Jesus began that gave birth to the Church Age.
Before you begin this study of the parables of Jesus Christ, please consider the following Scripture verses:
“Then He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.’”
~ Mark 16:15-16 (HCSB)
Are you saved? Have you received Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior? He is the only way to the Father and eternal life. There are two paths; one leads to God and forgiveness for sin while the other leads to eternal damnation in the lake of eternal fire.
Please consider, “If you were to die today, do you know where you will spend eternity?”
That’s it for this post! I have enjoyed sharing this time with you.
Next post, we will begin our study by painting a Word Picture of the kingdom of heaven!
I pray blessings on you and look forward to seeing you soon next post!
Until next time…
QUESTION: Do You Know Jesus As Your Personal Lord And Savior? Do You Know That You Are Going To Heaven?