Bible Passage:Psalm 119:27,129
Make me to understand the way of Thy precepts: so shall I talk of Thy wondrous works. . . . Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.
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Christ says: "Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God." Here one might ask, What mystery is that? The mysteries of the kingdom of God are such things which lie hid in the kingdom of God; as does Christ with all His graces, whom He has shown to us. He who knows Christ aright, knows what God's kingdom is, and what may be found there. It is called a mystery, because it is secret and hid from human sense and reason where the Holy Ghost does not reveal it; for although many do hear and discern the same, yet, notwithstanding, they never conceive nor understand it. They hear of Christ and speak of Christ, that He has given Himself to death for our sins, but the same is only upon their tongues and in their ears, but not in their hearts, for they neither believe it nor are sensible of it, as St. Paul says: "The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God." Therefore Christ says: "To you it is given to know," that is, the Spirit of God gives it to you, so that you not only hear and see it, but you receive it within your hearts and believe it, therefore it is no mystery or secret to you. But to those who have not faith in their heart, though they hear it, to them it remains a mystery.
Father, in us Thy Son reveal;
Teach us to know and do Thy will;
Thy saving power and love display,
And guide us to the realms of day.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
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