What can we learn from the parable of the ten virgins? How can we become wise virgins and welcome the Lord’s coming? Get the answers in a gospel discussion.
The parable of the lost sheep conveys the heavenly Father’s love and concern for mankind. Then do you know the deep meaning of this parable made by the Lord Jesus?”
Baptism is an important ceremony, representing that we accept the Lord Jesus as our Savior. The Lord Jesus is Christ, but why was He also baptized? What is the significance of His baptism?
Martha gave the Lord Jesus hospitality, but the Lord Jesus didn’t praise her. Instead, He said, “Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Why is it?
Usually, we only see the grace and material blessings the Lord Jesus bestows on us as His love. Actually, between the lines of the Lord Jesus’ words there is also His selfless love for us mankind.
Jesus Christ bestowed abundant grace upon man and what He expressed was the attribute of mercy and love. From the Lord Jesus’ preaching and work, we know that God is not only merciful and loving and that He is also …
The Lord Jesus was tempted by Satan three times as recorded in Matthew 4:1–11. Do you know the meaning of the Lord Jesus being tempted? What lessons should we learn?
The theory of the Trinity is something that is hard for the pastors and preachers to interpret clearly. What is the relationship between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit? You will easily get the answer from this article.
When the Lord Jesus worked, He said many words to the people at that time. Some of them are very straightforward. For example, the Lord Jesus often said, “Truly, truly, I say to you …” Some are indirect, just as what the Lord Jesus said to Philip, “I am in the Father, and the Father in me” (John 14:10). But what really impressed me were the parables spoken by the Lord Jesus, such as the parable of the net, the parable of the shepherd’s seeking the lost sheep, the parable of an evil servant exacting a payment from a debtor, the parable of the return of the prodigal son, the parable of the marriage feast, the parable of the fig tree, and so on. Looking at these parables, I couldn’t help thinking: Why did the Lord Jesus speak these parables when He worked? What was His will hidden behind them? With these questions, I kept praying to the Lord to seek His enlightenment. One day when I studied the Bible, I read the passage of verses, “And the disciples came, and said to him, Why speak you to them in parables? He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that he has. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which said, By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear” (Matthew 13:10-16). Pondering these verses carefully and praying and seeking in the words of the Lord Jesus, I had a little understanding of His words. It turned out that when the Lord Jesus was doing His work and preaching, there were many people who came to listen to His preaching, but not all of them were the ones who truly followed the Lord and walked in His way, such as the Pharisees at that time. Their purpose of listening to the Lord’s preaching was not to seek the truth, but to find accusations against the Lord Jesus and tempt and frame Him. Some people followed the Lord Jesus because they saw that He had performed many miracles, that He could bestow upon man grace and blessings, and heal the sick and cast out demons. Their purpose was to gain more grace and blessings instead of following the Lord’s way and caring for His will. Only a few followers were willing to follow the Lord because they loved the truth and saw the authority and power in His work and preaching, such as Peter, John, Jacob, and so on. Therefore, in order to gain those who truly believed in God and loved the truth, the Lord Jesus used parables to preach to all, expressing the truth to testify God’s work, God’s disposition and to reveal the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. All of those who loved the truth actively sought for the Lord Jesus, so that they attained enlightenment and guidance from the Holy Spirit and understood the meanings of the parables. However, those who didn’t love the truth but only asked for grace and blessings didn’t initiatively seek the meanings of these words so they never understood the truth. In this way, the ones who had true faith in God and loved the truth, and those false believers and unbelievers who only asked for grace and blessings were separated and sorted according to their own kind. This fulfills what the Lord Jesus said, “Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that he has” (Matthew 13:11-12). This is the first aspect of significance of why the Lord Jesus spoke parables when He worked. Later, on a website I saw these words, “The first one is the parable of the sower. This is a really interesting parable; sowing seeds is a common event in people’s lives. The second is the parable of the tares. As far as what tares are, anyone who has planted crops and adults will know. The third is the parable of the mustard seed. All of you know what mustard is, right? If you don’t know, you can have a look through the Bible. For the fourth one, the parable of the leaven, most people know that leaven is used for fermentation; it’s something that people use in their daily lives. All of the parables below, including the sixth, the parable of the treasure, the seventh, the parable of the pearl, and the eighth, the parable of the net, are all drawn from people’s lives; they all come from people’s real lives. What kind of picture do these parables paint? This is a picture of God becoming a normal person and living alongside mankind, using the language of a normal life, using human language to communicate with humans and to provide them with what they need. When God became flesh and lived among mankind for a long time, after He had experienced and witnessed people’s various lifestyles, these experiences became His textbook for transforming His divine language into human language. Of course, these things that…
In the parable of the shepherd seeking the lost sheep told by the Lord Jesus in the Bible, we can see God’s mercy and love to mankind. However, do you know the hidden meaning of these words in the parable “Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish”?
As the Bible records, when the Lord Jesus did His work, the Pharisees wildly defied and condemned Him. Do you know the root of their resistance? In a Bible study meeting, Brother Zheng got the answer.
In the Age of Grace, God was incarnated to do His work and save mankind. What is the significance of the incarnation? Do you know? The fellowship in this article will bring you new light.