Condition Of Mind: As is documented at this link (see Mystery Of The Gospel), Paul warned that if the congregation of faith-based believers were exposed to the esoteric teachings on the higher reality of the soul and the Mysteries of the Kingdom, they would reject these concepts and teachings as utter “foolishness”!!! Yet, as these faith-based believers begin to spiritually mature, they will need this body of concealed knowledge to advance beyond the elementary stages. Therefore, for the good of the faith-based congregations, the Gospel had to be presented to them in such a manner that they could only understand in accord with their own very elementary level of advancement — and the more they progressed in TheWay, the greater vision and understanding they would then be able to eventually possess. And thus, Jesus taught in parables, so that those few who possessed the capacity to understand, would receive the instruction that the multitudes were incapable of comprehending. And if we ask Why? In the parable of the Sower and the Seed ( http://SowerAndSeed.com ), what is portrayed above as the necessary condition of mind, is taken one step further — as in the rungs of the proverbial Jacob’s Ladder. In the parable, those who bring forth what is portrayed as sixtyfold, can perceive and understand a higher perception and understanding of what Paul calls the Mysteries of the Kingdom, than those who have brought forth thirtyfold — and ultimately the ones who have brought forth what is portrayed as “one hundredfold”, can perceive and understand what the rest of mankind remains totally blind to. Yet, the parable of the Sower and the Seed also warns that those who have not overcome the limits of their human carnal nature, and have failed to bring about the process of expansion of mind and being by becoming the “good ground”, these people cannot even begin to understand anything of any true sustenance and spiritual value. Thus, the warning of Jesus to those who ignore what the parable of the Sower and the Seed states: “Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?” (Mark 4:13 KJV) — or, in the wording of a the modern language New Living Translation: “But if you can’t understand this story, how will you understand all the others I am going to tell?” That the vast majority of believers, as well as the Gospel critics, all fail to understand the true spiritual meaning of the Bible, is because they ignore what this parable states to them.
When Paul makes reference to the inability of the faith-based believers to understand the true spiritual nature and “mystery” of the Gospel, we must pose the question: What is the meaning of the word “mystery”? Thayer’s Lexicon states that it is a “hidden thing, secret, mystery… confided only to the initiated and not to ordinary mortals. A hidden or secret thing, not obvious to the understanding. Of God: The secret counsels which govern God in dealing with the righteous, which are hidden from ungodly and wicked men… in rabinic writings, it denotes the mystic or hidden sense of an Old Testament saying…” Therefore, what Paul is stating is that spiritual knowledge (Gnosis) belongs only to those who are themselves spiritual. Why? Not because anyone desires to conceal this esoteric knowledge — but rather, the organic facilities of mind associated with the limitations of the physical body, are simply incapable of perceiving man’s own higher reality of soul and spirit. From an organic human perspective, it is not a matter of a more clarified explanation — but rather, there is no such thing as any explanation to convey to organic man what is incomprehensible to his very limited mind and being. From the perspective of the allegory of the Tower of Babel: The structure that permits the earth to reach into the expanse of the heavens, cannot be built with earth-matter — but must be built upon the transformation of the physical body and consciousness as stated by Paul: “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature” (Col 3:5 NIV).
When Jesus said of his disciples: “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that, they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding” (Mark 4:11-12 NIV) — that word translated secret, is the same word translated mystery, and makes reference to an esoteric knowledge that is beyond man’s organic comprehension. Yet, in a state of spiritual denial, the modern Church attempts to ignore the implications of what these words convey. In explanation of the above words of Jesus, the Wycliffe Commentary writes that: “…the initiate was instructed in the esoteric teaching… which was not revealed to outsiders… The mystery of the kingdom in its ultimate development is the full-orbed message of the Gospel (Rom 16:25-26). The purpose of parables was to instruct the initiates without revealing the items of instruction to the ones who were without. This is in keeping with the Biblical principle that spiritual understanding is restricted to those who have become spiritual…”
If, as openly stated above, it is true that Jesus taught initiates differently than the multitude of people who he portrayed as being “…outside”, then a true seeker must conclude that every article of faith promoted by the Church today, would have to be totally re-evaluated. Thus the question: What was Jesus stating with respect to why he spoke in parables? To ignore this question, is to reject the whole foundational objective and revelation of the Bible. Jesus was stating that only those who become separate from the thinking and ways of this world, and became true disciples of Messiah/Christ, are able to perceive and understand the secrets of the Kingdom of God — and in the Greek language, this sacred Knowledge is called Gnosis. And by the very meaning of the word that is being presented that cannot be revealed “…to ordinary mortals. A hidden or secret thing, not obvious to the understanding” — it is of the utmost importance to recognize that what is being conveyed is the fact that “…spiritual understanding is restricted to those who have become spiritual…”. Why? Because man in his organic or “natural” condition of mind, has yet to develop the facilities of mind necessary to receive and comprehend this higher spiritual knowledge that the biblical authors are making reference to. And this fact of human life that everyone must eventually come to terms with, is demonstrated in the Gospel of Thomas in the saying: (17) Jesus said, “I shall give you what no eye has seen and what no ear has heard and what no hand has touched and what has never occurred to the human mind.” It is not that either Jesus or the disciples wanted to hide or conceal higher spiritual facts and realities from anyone — but rather, the organic human mind which is limited by the consciousness and vibratory spectrum of thought of the physical body, simply is incapable of comprehending any thoughts, impressions and realities beyond what the organic human body/mind will accommodate, without evolving through the process of transformation that was — and remains — the primary objective of the Gospel message and teachings. Jesus came to lead the lost prodigal sons and daughters into the kingdom — but for the inner “narrow strait gate” to open, the body and physical mind must become what is allegorically portrayed as the Final Temple.
In analyzing what the Thayer’s Lexicon is stating above: Because the people are not yet initiates into the knowledge that is beyond the understanding of “…ordinary mortals” — secret knowledge that is “…not obvious to the understanding” — knowledge that is impossible to be revealed in the written text of the scriptures — knowledge that Paul, as “…an ambassador in bonds”, cannot speak openly about to the congregation of believers who he himself taught — Paul portrays the congregation of believers as “babes in Christ”. Again, to the Colossians Paul asks for their prayers that “…God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak” (see Col 5:3-4). Thus, these mysteries of the Gospel that Paul portrays as beyond the comprehension of believers of a “natural” mind, because these believers of the Gospel will look upon and reject esoteric spiritual concepts as utter “foolishness” (1 Cor 2:14) — cannot be revealed in man’s spoken or written words — but only when “…God …opens …a door of utterance, to [reveal] the mystery of Christ” — a knowledge that cannot be revealed “…to ordinary mortals. A hidden or secret thing, not obvious to the understanding” — including “…the mystic or hidden sense of “ a biblical story. And while God wants all the lost prodigal sons and daughters to receive the sacred knowledge which in the Thayer’s Lexicon it states is “…not obvious to the understanding [of] …ordinary mortals” — because the human earthly nature must be evolved, this sacred knowledge can only be perceived and comprehended by those who have prepared themselves to receive it.