And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, so that “they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand, lest they should turn and be forgiven.”
On the surface this appears to be a strange passage. What do you think of when you read about Jesus speaking of insiders and outsiders? I think that he is speaking of the differences between those who follow their fleshly instincts and those who follow their hearts. I think that it is the difference between those who trust and hear with their hearts and those who are spiritually deaf because they lean on their own fleshly understanding.
When I think of the phrase "the secret of the kingdom of God" I am confronted with the idea that there is an invisible realm present in our world that is kept secret from our fleshly senses. God's kingdom is a secret to all who lean on their own senses and are not open to the workings of the Holy Spirit. But to we who have been born spiritually this kingdom is not a secret at all because we have eyes that can see and ears that can hear.
Help me today Lord to trust you not with eyes that see physically but with my inner eyes.