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Revelation on the Kingdom of God


Jesus revealed the secrets of the kingdom of God more to his disciples than to the public. Jesus clarified, “Knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted” (Mt 13:11). Quoting Isaiah, Jesus said, “This is why I speak to them in parables, because ‘they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand’” (Mt 13:13; Isa 6:9-10).

Besides His revelations in the Old Testament, God revealed the identity of Jesus to John the Baptist when he baptized Jesus, proclaiming, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Mt 13:17; Mk 1:11; Lk 3:22). When Simon Peter confessed “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God,” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father” (Mt 16:16-17). The Father again revealed Jesus to Peter, James, and John during the transfiguration of Jesus with a voice from heaven, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him” (Mt 17:5). Hence, revelation came from the Father during the Old and New Testament times, and from Jesus during his earthly life.

Paul wrote to Corinthians: “Consider your own calling, brothers. Not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human being might boast before God” (1 Cor 1:26-29).



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