God’s Word

  1. Truth must be acted upon in order to be retained (v. 12). “Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.”
  2. Truth applied grows—v. 12a. “Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.” Obedience is the key to having more truth. If you want to know the secrets of God, to know God’s truth, then obey what you know. Do what is before you, and as you do, more truth will be given to you. Some of us are not growing in our spiritual lives because we’re doing nothing with what we have. We know it, but we’re not using it.
  3. Truth rejected is lost—v. 12b. “Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.” Some people believe that if you just throw out the truth, it will not return void. Certainly the Scripture says in Isaiah 5:11 that what the Lord says will be accomplished. But the Word of God will have impact on us only if we are open to it.
  4. Truth is eventually concealed from the disobedient—v. 13b-15. Not only is it lost, but eventually, if we don’t apply it, it is concealed from us. “This is why I speak to them in parables: Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.” Wow! That sounds tough! Why the concealment? “For this people’s heart has become callused: they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.” The Lord is not withdrawing truth from certain individuals simply because He doesn’t like them. He’s not willing that any should perish but that all would come to repentance. In fact, the truth is available to everyone. There is no secret truth for some little select group of folks. If we hear and obey, all the truth is available to us. But if our hearts are hardened, we will not be given more and more truth.
  5. Truth applied blesses—v. 16-17. “But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. [17] For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” What a wonderful day we live in! All the Old Testament prophets longed to see and hear what we can access as believers. The Disciples were the first recipients of an understanding. The Old Testament saints had kind of a picture book of truth. We, however, have the reality!

 

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