Friday, May 3, 2013

Refusing the truth

Luke 22:66  And as soon as it was day, the elders of the people and the chief priests and the scribes came together, and led him into their council, saying,
Luke 22:67  Art thou the Christ? tell us. And he said unto them, If I tell you, ye will not believe:
Luke 22:68  And if I also ask you, ye will not answer me, nor let me go.
Luke 22:69  Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God.
Luke 22:70  Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am.
Luke 22:71  And they said, What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth.

These religious leaders should have known who Jesus was, but they did not believe in him. You cannot talk to unbelief. Jesus often spoke in parables because of peoples unbelief. Those who could hear could understand them, but those of unbelief had no understanding.

Mat 13:9  Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Mat 13:10  And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Mat 13:11  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.
Mat 13:12  For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Mat 13:13  Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
Mat 13:14  And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
Mat 13:15  For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at 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.
Mat 13:16  But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

A parable was a story illustrating a spiritual truth. Those who do not believe only hear a story, but those with spiritual ears to hear God's message, they hear his truth. Faith opens up our spiritual seeing and hearing. Unbelief cannot see and because of chosen unbelief they will not inherit eternal life. The spiritual leaders would not believe when given the plain truth. We are to hear and believe the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Some have purposefully chosen to not believe.  Do not waste too much time arguing with them.

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