For he has delivered us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins. Colossians 1:13 & 14.
How can we know the stories Jesus told?
We are not the Disciples.
Matthew 13:10-15 The Passion Translation (TPT)10 Then his disciples approached Jesus and asked, “Why do you always speak to people in these hard-to-understand parables?” 11 He explained, “You’ve been given the intimate experience of insight into the hidden truths and mysteries The Greek word musterion is found twenty-seven times in the New Testament and means “secrets” or “mysteries.” The mysteries of heaven’s kingdom realm are spiritual insights into the nature and ways of God. Jesus Christ can only be fully understood by the spirit, not merely by the intellect of man. Jesus taught his disciples using the cryptic language of parables to move them beyond intellectual abilities and engage the spirit. If the listener had a hunger to learn with an open, teachable heart, then Jesus’ words brought life and understanding. We must always be those who push aside our opinions and traditions to glean the deepest meaning of all that Jesus did and taught.12 For everyone who listens with an open heart will receive progressively more revelation or “To he who has, more will be given.” This is an obvious ellipsis that, in the context, refers to having an open heart to receive the understanding of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. until he has more than enough. But those who don’t listen with an open, teachable heart, even the understanding that they think they have will be taken from them. 13 That’s why I teach the people using parables, because they think they’re looking for truth, yet because their hearts are unteachable, they never discover it. Although they will listen to me, they never fully perceive the message I speak. 14 The prophecy of Isaiah describes them perfectly: Although they listen carefully to everything I speak, they don’t understand a thing I say. They look and pretend to see, but the eyes of their hearts are closed.15 Their minds are dull and slow to perceive, The Aramaic is “waterlogged.” their ears are plugged and are hard of hearing, and they have deliberately shut their eyes to the truth. Otherwise they would open their eyes to see, and open their ears to hear, and open their minds to understand. Then they would turn to me and let me instantly heal them.
The more you understand the parable the more you will receive. You need clarity to understand the parables. What actually is it saying? What is the purpose of the parable? It isn’t a story; it is a spiritual truth God trying to give you. His purpose is to give you clarity in the direction he is taking you if you are seeking him. Meanings of truth are seen when you hear the spirit of God revealing revelation to the meaning.
See Job 15:8; Proverbs 3:32; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Colossians 2:2; 4:3. realm of heaven’s kingdom, but they have not.
Isaiah 6:9-10 Isaiah’s Message 9 Then he said, “Go and tell the people: ‘You keep listening but understand nothing. You keep watching but learn nothing.’ 10 Go and preach a message that will make their hearts dull, their ears plugged, and their eyes blind. Otherwise, their eyes will begin to see, their ears will begin to hear, their hearts will begin to understand, and they will return to me for healing and be healed.”
All would turn to me and let me instantly heal them.
If you would allow Jesus Christ who opened the veil and came into that hidden part of your mind, speak we would perceive that Jesus Christ wants to be a part of their lives and heart. Which would bring your plugged hearing to hearing. He works as lightning flashes, to remove the hard of hearing. Turning others who really want to hear, and hopefully turn some who can let go of self-long enough to hear. Just be willing to hear.
Jesus Christ speaks as a voice hidden inside you. Come with me, walk this way. I will draw you to myself, which literally means, I will drag you to know me. My abundant love will transform you. You are in me for when I rose from the dead on the cross, I created one new human race.
Ephesians 2:11-15 A New Humanity 11–12 So don’t forget that you were not born as Jews and were uncircumcised (circumcision itself is just a work of man’s hands); you had none of the Jewish covenants and laws; you were foreigners to Israel’s incredible heritage or “commonwealth.”; you were without the covenants and prophetic promises of the Messiah, the promised hope, and without God. 13 Yet look at you now! Everything is new! Although you were once distant and far away from God, now you have been brought delightfully close to him through the sacred blood of Jesus—you have actually been united to Christ! 14 Our reconciling “Peace” is Jesus! He has made Jew and non-Jew one in Christ. By dying as our sacrifice, he has broken down every wall of prejudice that separated us and has now made us equal through our union with Christ. 15 Ethnic hatred has been dissolved by the crucifixion of his precious body on the cross. The legal code that stood condemning every one of us has now been repealed by his command. His triune essence has made peace between us by starting over—forming (The Greek is “to create in himself one new man.”) one new race of humanity, Jews and non-Jews fused together!
Severing off the old life of sin and death for all humans. Jesus said he accomplished what, not even evil Lucifer could imagine. The payment for all to be reconciled to Jesus Christ by the pure blood. Which is now in operation from my death and resurrection and I will continue throughout all eternity, ages to ages. For God the Father and I are one. We agreed together to redeem all mankind, for that was always our loving plan. We love people. We wanted a way to bring more into our heavenly home. Our first plan was to create a man and woman who would multiply. We wanted more children to love. We wanted the babies to grow in relationship with us. Child to friend, friend to relationship, relationship to companion, companion to companionship, companionship to engagement, engagement to bride, which equals the wife and the husband. The living temple of God in every person on this planet since Jesus Christ rose from the dead.
Think about this I tell you to love your wife as you would love yourself. I don’t tell you to be angry at her, put her out, mistreat her. You would never do that if you loved her. I do the same. I love you and have always love you. I will not harm you or disappoint you. I will always seek you to see the love I have for you.
The Trinity knew that the way for man to mature was they have to depend on us, Father, Son & Holy Spirit. If they never passed innocence, they could never really know the love of God. The Bible says that the one who forgives much loves much. God has forgiven you, he loves you so much, so he has forgiven all.
Luke 7:47 (TPT) She has been forgiven of all her many sins. This is why she has shown me such extravagant love.
Psalm 32:10 So, my conclusion is this: Many are the sorrows and frustrations of those who don’t come clean with God. But when you trust in the Lord for forgiveness, his wrap-around love will surround you.
Matthew 6:12 Forgive us the wrongs we have done as we ourselves release forgiveness to those who have wronged us.
Matthew 9:2 Just then some people brought a paraplegic man to him, lying on a sleeping mat. When Jesus perceived the strong faith within their hearts, he said to the paralyzed man, “My son, be encouraged, for your sins have been forgiven.”
Matthew 18:21-23 21 Unlimited Forgiveness Later Peter approached Jesus and said, “How many times do I have to forgive my fellow believer who keeps offending me? Seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “Not seven times, Peter, but seventy times seven times! (This is a metaphor for an attitude of forgiveness that is limitless “with a perfect heart”.) 23 The lessons of forgiveness in heaven’s kingdom realm can be illustrated like this: Read all Matthew 18:24-35.
Matthew 18:35 In this same way, my heavenly Father will deal with any of you if you do not release forgiveness from your heart toward your fellow believer.”
Matthew 26:28 For this is the blood that seals the new covenant. It will be poured out for many for the complete forgiveness of sins.
Mark 2:5 When Jesus saw the extent of their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “My son, your sins are now forgiven.”
Mark 2:9 Which is easier, to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are now forgiven,’ or, ‘Stand up and walk!’?
This is a perfect example of people then and now. If you tell them they are forgiven they are transformed. They stand up they choose Jesus. Jesus told them they were forgiven. They did not know him. He told them I love you.
So, trusting God can set you free. So, if your friend isn’t a believer yet, how will you turn them to know Christ? You forgive as the women in Luke was forgiven. You see your friend really hurting and has faith when you pray for them, because of your love. They will be able to see Gods loving coming through you to them.
John 8:4-9 4 Then they said to Jesus, “Teacher, we caught this woman in the very act of adultery. 5 Doesn’t Moses’ law command us to stone to death a woman like this? (Old law where it is clear that both the man and woman were to be stoned to death.) Tell us, what do you say we should do with her?” 6 They were only testing Jesus because they hoped to trap him with his own words and accuse him of breaking the laws of Moses. But Jesus didn’t answer them. Instead he simply bent down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 Angry, they kept insisting that he answer their question, so Jesus stood up and looked at them and said, “Let’s have the man who has never had a sinful desire throw the first stone at her.” 8 And then he bent over again and wrote some more words in the dust. (See Jeremiah 17:13. Jesus wrote in the dust to fulfill Jeremiah’s prophecy that those who forsake God (spiritual adultery) will be written in the dust. All of the accusers were guilty of having forsaken God, the fountain of living water, and yet were so anxious to stone this woman to death. The same finger that wrote the Ten Commandments in stone also wrote the names of each of the accusers, or perhaps he wrote in the dirt in front of their eyes, pointing to their hypocrisy.) 9 Upon hearing that, her accusers slowly left the crowd one at a time, beginning with the oldest (“starting with the priests.”) to the youngest, with a convicted conscience. 10 Until finally, Jesus was left alone with the woman still standing there in front of him. She stood back up and said to her, “Dear woman, where are your accusers? Is there no one here to condemn you?” 11 Looking around, she replied, “I see no one, Lord.” (The Aramaic contains a powerful testimony from this woman.
Apparently, the woman had the revelation of who Jesus really was, for she addressed Jesus with the divine name in the Aramaic, MarYah, Lord Yahweh! See also 1 Corinthians 12:3. The Greek texts use the word kurios for Lord, which can also mean “sir” or “landowner.”) Jesus said, “Then I certainly don’t condemn you either. (Aramaic is “Neither do I put you down” (or, “oppress you”). The Torah required two witnesses. There were none left!) Go, and from now on, be free from a life of sin.”
Jesus came to change the law to LOVE. That is what he was trying to show the people, who God the Father really was. The Religious leaders became twisted in there thinking and represented God as an overlord, dictator or cruel punisher. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil, the works of the tree of good and evil, the evil thinking that came from their own minds.
Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornication, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.
Mark 3:28 I tell you this timeless truth: All sin will be forgiven, even all the blasphemies they speak.
Here is a timeless truth all sin will be forgiven and all the blasphemies that were spoken. This all happened after he rose from the dead and took care of the sin problem for all of humanity. If you will just believe him. You can start over today become the person you want to be. Be powerful in your understanding of God for He forgave you, even though you know you have done wrong. How much more you will you forgive others because they do not know him just like you did not know him.
Here is a great story from: Exodus 21:33-34 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) 33 “When a man uncovers a pit or digs a pit, and does not cover it, and an ox or a donkey falls into it, 34 the owner of the pit must give compensation; he must pay money to its owner, but the dead animal will become his.
Restitution for an ox or donkey, falling into a pit. So, wouldn't God have a plan for the ages, which also included the restitution for all. The one who made the pit, the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil, is responsible for having left the pit, the tree out in the open/uncovered and He is the one who must make restitution. God must make restitution for the one who fell in the trap of the tree of Good & Evil.
Tradition says you are responsible for falling into the pit and are responsible for your own restoration. Not so.
Psalm 90:1-2 (TPT) Psalms of our pilgrimage on earth God, the Eternal 1 Lord, you have always been our eternal home, our hiding place from generation to generation. 2 Long before you gave birth to the earth and before the mountains were born, you have been from everlasting to everlasting, (Hebrew word for “eternity” is actually “horizon”—from one horizon to the other.) the one and only true God.
The one who put the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the garden is the one who will make restitution for all. God's plan for all man is to give opportunity for knowing his love, grace, mercy, all dimensions of God. Created all in his image and likeness, He created us to know him personally over dog, horse or elephant. Man is the center of God's love relationship. He wants you to know him. Eve was flawless, a glowing woman of God. She only knew God by her innocence. She could never grow morally without knowing and understanding the powerful revelation of the love of God. Without pain, without hurt, without loss, without stubbing your toe, without losing a son. She may have stayed in a state of glowing glory but God wants you to glow and live with Him. How could she be transformed and really know what love was really like if all she knew was perfection.
She lost sight of who she was in God. She heard a lie that she was separated but she never was.
Hebrews 5:8-9 (TPT) 8 But even though he was a wonderful Son, he learned to listen and obey through all his sufferings. 9 And after being proven perfect in this way he has now become the source of eternal salvation to all those who listen to him and obey.
James 1:2-4 (TPT) Faith and Wisdom 2 My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! 3 For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up power within you to endure all things. 4 And then as your endurance grows even stronger it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking.
1 Peter 4:12-14 (TPT) Living in the Grace of God 12 Beloved friends, if life gets extremely difficult, with many tests (or “when the burning of a fiery trial is occurring among you.”)(the refiners fire, melting pot of correction, chastisement") don’t be bewildered as though something strange were overwhelming you. (The Aramaic adds a clause here, “because these things are your communion in the inheritance.”) 13 Instead, continue to rejoice, for you, in a measure, have shared in the sufferings of the Anointed One so that you can share in the revelation of his glory and celebrate with even greater gladness! (There is a glory unveiled in us as we focus on Christ in our difficulties. This brings immediate joy and rejoicing when we pass through suffering.) 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are greatly blessed, because the Spirit of glory and power, who is the Spirit of God, rests upon you. (“the [Shekinah] glory of the Spirit.”)
Seek out the Father while you are open to hearing Him. Sit if a quite place and bring still ness to your heart and mind. Ask him what you will. Sit and picture yourself talking with Him, or sitting in a rocking chair with Him. (that is where I am). Be still, be courageous and seek his heart for you. No begging picture what you think He is like. Picture the most loving Father there could ever be and I’m telling you that is who He is. My heart is for you to find the love of your life. E is my love and as the tears of love fall right now, I surrender all over again. His love is so precious and present. You will praise His name. His name is Jesus. For all Humanity.
Many situations actually help us see a God of love, of redemption and mercy for all. No one is perfect or can ever be. But when you experience his love you can see more clearly that his loving kindness is better than you can imagine. You will be more like him because his kindness lives in you. You will be more like your Father in heaven and you will help bring heaven to earth.
They didn’t know all in Acts 28:2 but God had revealed to them that the love they had was generous, their kindness helped open their eyes to see that the living God was in them. He lived inside of them. He is alive inside of you. This plan of destiny is for you to understand the words that he speaks the parables that he shares to give freedom and knowledge. It is a deep privilege to look into the heart of the creator God and see that his love is triumphing over judgment and his mercy is for the one new humanity. Best of all, we can reveal the love of God when we love. Love is not hard to show when you realize his love is in you believe the true parable of love will appears.
Philippians 4:8 So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always.
I always love the long tale of Job. He thought he knew God, he believed there was a higher power. He was afraid of him and always tried to follow the rules. But when he came to know him personally the parables were open to him.
Every moment of every day He loves me. This love will never fail me, I open my mouth and ask for his love to come and comfort me, for I want to receive the love you have for me. I have Him, I have Him.
Sincerely Pastor Valerie Rounsfull