Most professing Christians do not know what it even means to be a Christian. To be a Christian is to be a follower of Jesus Christ, a person who listens to Jesus and who follows Him. Most professing Christians are just busy with dead religious practices, or they are Bible students. They listen to other people. They are busy with religion but they do not know Jesus and that is why Jesus will say to many of them:”Go away, I never knew you.”
Jesus Christ reveals the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven to those who follow Him, to His disciples. Jesus did not call believers. He called disciples. The disciples of Jesus asked Him about the meaning of the parable of the sower and we read in Luke chapter 8 verse 10, He said to them:”To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.” Why is it that the disciples were given to understand the meaning of the kingdom of God while to the others Jesus spoke in parables? They could not understand what He was talking about. It is because the disciples had committed to follow Jesus and they obeyed Him. They were following Him. They repented from their own ways. They turned away from going after their own desires, they were following Jesus. They were baptized in water. They were taught by the Master, and He opened their understanding. He gave them understanding of the kingdom of God.
Most professing Christians do not have understanding of the kingdom of God because they don’t know Jesus. They have no real relationship with Him because they have never obeyed Him. They have never obeyed the gospel of Jesus; they never repented, when ever baptized in water, and they are not living according to the words of Jesus. They are not His followers. They are not Christians. Most professing Christians are not His sheep. They are goats, they follow their own mind. They study the Bible and they think that they know everything that there is to be known about God and the kingdom of God and about salvation, but they know nothing because they don’t know Jesus. They are blind and they don’t have any understanding.
We only get understanding of the kingdom of God when we listen to Jesus, when we follow Him, and that starts with obeying His commands. That starts with obeying the gospel of Jesus Christ. You have to obey His words. Turn from your own ways, turn from sin turn, to Jesus. Repent, be baptized, seek Jesus and listen to Him. If you listen to Him He will teach you. He was the teacher of His disciples, and He is the teacher of all those who follow Him, of those who are disciples. He teaches His own sheep. He guides His own sheep.
Most professing Christians don’t know Jesus. They don’t follow Him. They practice religion. They go to church, they study the Bible, (nothing wrong with a Bible) but you cannot understand the Bible, you cannot understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God, if you do not listen to Jesus, because Jesus gives understanding. We read in 1st John chapter 9 verse 20, the Apostle John wrote:”And we know that the Son of God has come and He has given us understanding, so that we can know the true God, and now we live in fellowship with the true God, because we live in fellowship with His son Jesus Christ. He is the only true God and He is eternal life.” That is Jesus Christ. If we do not live in fellowship with Him then we cannot have understanding we cannot understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God.
Most professing Christians do not understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God, they do not have any relationship with Jesus Christ. They are practicing religion. They have false security. They think they are saved and they think they are going to heaven but they are not disciples, and they are not following Jesus Christ. They are only fooling themselves.
Have we come to know Jesus Christ through our relationship with Him, because we have become obedient to Him; because He reveals Himself to those who obey His words to those who obey the gospel of Jesus Christ, who repent and are baptized and who listened to Him, whose seek Him. You cannot follow Jesus if you do not hear His voice. You cannot know the mysteries of the kingdom of God if you are not taught by God. You can read the Bible, you can listen to other believers; you will not understand because it is given to those who follow Jesus Christ.
Are we following Jesus? Do we truly know Him and are we living on revelation from Jesus Christ Himself? Those who are being led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Are we sons of God, children of God, or are we only fooling ourselves. We need to get serious with Jesus. We need to follow Him and be disciples, if we want to enter the kingdom of heaven.
May Jesus bless you.