By Fred Pruitt
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 saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye 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. (Matt 13:13-15)
Why, I asked, would Jesus not want to tell EVERYBODY the good news? Why the secrecy? It puzzled me. The idea, as some would say, of some being “chosen” to hear the truth and some not, well, that just doesn’t set well with me. Now, it does seem to say that in places, but that’s another of those Bible “parts” that the Spirit puts into wholeness for us.
In another place Jesus says, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. (Matt 11:25).
We’re getting close to the answer here.
It isn’t that Jesus didn’t want everybody to know. Of course he did. He came to seek out and to save that which was lost. He came for the whole world.
So why the secrecy then? Because “no flesh” shall approach God. This is not for the “human” mind. The “human mind” is a wonderful instrument, part of our wondrous human makeup. but it is only vaguely capable of handling spiritual truth, because it can only see in a linear, three-dimensional way. It cannot approach unto God. God is “wholly beyond” the human mind. And if we truly get the sense of what “wholly” means, we’ll understand how complete the gap is.
(Is the “human mind” or “human reasoning” Satan? I’m not meaning here what is called in scripture the “carnal mind” or the “mind set on the flesh.” Certainly he has his finger in this pie, and separation is his bailiwick. But he’s another of those “parts” who is working perfectly in this spiritual automobile doing his job. We always have to remember it was GOD who subjected us to separation, or “vanity,” and NOT Satan. He was only the agent of what God Himself wanted to accomplish. He’s the piece of sand in the oyster who causes the agitation necessary to bring forth the pearl. So we only ascribe to him his part, and don’t make too much of him as if he’s running his own show. ONLY GOD is running this show, from start to finish. )
When I’m talking here, however, about the “human mind,” I’m only talking about it in its wondrous capacity as an instrument created to discover and live the wonders of God in this natural creation. In its right function as servant of the Spirit of God within us, it does business with this world on the world’s terms; it speaks its language and knows life on its streets. It hurts with the world, cries with the world, understands its joys, and sees underlying all humanity the same heart-cry it knows within its own crevices, the lostness of being alone and thirsty in the wilderness and not knowing which way the water is. And all that is the platform by which the Spirit manifests Himself in our world, by means of our lives, the Mind of Christ working through the human agencies of our intellect, emotions, and physical body.)
But back to this secrecy thing. Ultimately, “spiritual understanding” is denied the human mind, denied “human reasoning” because it is completely beyond it. It comes from beyond, and is only known in the acceptance of faith, or, in inner “nothingness.”
Jesus said the Father “hid these things from the wise and prudent.” That’s an interesting choice of words. With “wise” we pretty much understand his meaning. He’s talking about those who are “wise in their own sight,” enamored with their own intellect or understanding, and thus being “wise” already, they have no need. They are the “whole” who need no physician, and the Son of Man was not sent for them. (Understand of course, I’m not talking about a permanent condition here, or even particular people, though in the Bible they are all separated into these particular groups of people or individuals, i.e. the Pharisees, the Romans, the Herodians, the rich young ruler, the faithful Centurion, etc., but all of these again, are “parts” which make up a whole. And we find all these “parts” played out in ourselves — but that’s for another time). Back to the point. Paul talks about the “wisdom of this world” and the Cross being foolishness to it. Same thing. Those who see themselves as “wise” either stumble over the Cross or they fall under it and get crushed by it (which sounds like a bad thing but is really a good thing — and we’ll all been there, done that).
But Jesus also adds “prudent,” which in my thinking means “careful.” But isn’t being “careful” a virtue? We’ve always been taught so, but Jesus says these things are not only not revealed to the “wise,” but neither are they revealed to the careful. And I think in this sense “careful” or “prudent” indicates a holding back, a fearfulness of letting go, afraid of some bad thing happening, like the man who, knowing the terror of his lord (in his own mind), went and took the “talent” that had been given him to invest for an increase, and hid it in a napkin and buried it in the ground. He received the rewards of his faith later, when his lord returned.
But then Jesus said the Father “hast revealed them unto babes” Here it is. What is a “babe”? A pure receiver, an open book, no fear, anything goes.
Now, we ALL at some point are “the wise and prudent” — wise in our own sight, careful to not take a wrong step, however it manifested in us. But something at some point comes along and just breaks that in pieces in us. Cuts us to the quick, and that breaking makes us into babes, because we can go no further in our own imaginations, and we’ve been brought up short to know it. Romans 7 — when we cry, “O wretched man that I am, who will deliver me?” that’s the “babe” crying out. The “wise and prudent man” has been broken, weighed in the balances and found wanting, and that conditioning has made us able to receive the deep things of God, which is the simple truth that He is our very selves, I AM, within us and as us, and we ourselves — spirit, soul and body — containers of Him who is All. Our lives from that point no longer center on ourselves and our needs, our wants, our desires, as if separate from Him, but on Him in us, and all those same wants and desires and needs now servants of Him in the propagation of His kingdom.
As I said above, we just are, we just be. Soul goes to and fro, body gets tired and hungry and other things as well, and in the midst Spirit is All in all. The Holy Spirit runs the show. Who are we to deny Him?
Let me bring this to an end with this.
(2 Corinthians 3)
Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart.
And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
This is a mighty, a wonderful, a DEEP passage here from brother Paul. This is the whole “doctrine/Spirit” thing in a nutshell. If anybody was a “teacher” it was Paul. He’s the guy who wrote Romans, which people have dissected, analyzed, categorized, thematicized, and theorized on, for nearly 2000 years. That as well as everything else he wrote, making elaborate “Romans road” systems and all that. I’m not saying any of that stuff is wrong or bad. They are all part of the process, all “parts” which are the Spirit’s perfect rendering of the whole. But Paul’s testimony himself about the “letter” is that the “letter” kills. I think he means more than the Law of Moses here. He says, “Hey, you guys, I have not taught you in fleshly ‘letter’ systems; I have not taught you a new ‘law’ to obey; but in ministering to you by the Spirit, you have become the letter of Christ by the Spirit, so that you live from the inner sufficiency of the Living God, who you have come to know within you as YOUR OWN, and not by any rote memorization of precepts and doctrines and written words. I have taught you to live from the Spirit within you, where we think nothing of ourselves, but KNOW our sufficiency is God, and only God.”
So then, bottom line, it’s always the same answer. God Himself is our life. He has captured us with His love, and won’t let go, and we don’t want him to let us go. He said, “Follow me, and I WILL MAKE YOU fishers of men”. He didn’t say, “Work real hard to become fishers of men” but “I WILL MAKE YOU”.
We live our lives as integrated wholes, and not as separate warring parties striving for mastery within us, because the ONLY ONE INTEGRATED WHOLE has overwhelmed us above and beyond all we could ask or think and so filled us that HE IS the ONE integrated WHOLENESS out of which our life springs every moment in the wholeness of God.