What reply did Christ make?


"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. 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. Therefore speak I to
them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand."
Verses 11-13.
NOTE - Christ's object, therefore, in using parables was to teach the mysteries, or truths, of the
kingdom of heaven-truths not necessarily difficult to understand, but which had long been hidden or
obscured by sin, apostasy, and tradition-in such a way that the spiritually minded and those desirous of
learning the truth, might understand them, and the worldly minded and unwilling would not. When asked
the meaning of any parable, Christ readily explained it to His disciples. Matt. 13: 36-43; Mark 4: 33, 34.
See Luke 9: 9-15.

What is one purpose for which the Holy Spirit was sent?
What is the value of merely outward forms?
What is inseparable from the experience of justification by faith?
What did the prophet say His name should be called?
On opening the fifth seal, what was seen under the altar?
Who are to share this fate?
Why did the unjust judge answer the widow's prayer?

Questions & Answers are from the book Bible Readings for the Home Circle