It has become vital to post much more scripture.
I think you will find that it was His ‘Disciples’ who asked Jesus the meaning of the parable of the sower. Luke 8:9
It was not until they returned from being ‘sent’ that they are referred to in scripture as ‘Apostles’. Luke 9:10. As a ‘literalist’ you must surely be aware that the parable of the sower came before the disciples were ‘sent out to preach the gospel’ Luke 9:6
Look again. Luke 6:13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;
Perhaps you forgot the difference in terms. Disciples are pupils, learners only. Jesus picked an elite team from them. When Jesus selected the twelve out from among the disciples, He called them "apostles", which title was not among the remaining disciples until Matthias was selected to replace Judas. By then the twelve apostles were also still disciples. He also commissioned the apostles as ambassadors going out with power given by Jesus, in Luke 8. Since then "apostle" has meant one who is a commissioner of Christ, an ambassador for the gospel, sent out by Christ.
Are you seriously trying to tell me that Jesus deliberately chose to reveal the secrets of the Kingdom only to His select elite while deliberately hoodwinking the masses by feeding them misinformation, because it had been preordained by God that they should not be allowed to know the plain truth?
You are chasing the tail. Again, Jesus declared the spiritual lessons were His to give to the twelve. The parables carried the truth, but Jesus was not obligated to interpret the words so the people could comprehend intellectually. The reason people can't catch on to the spiritual lessons is explained by Paul in
1 Cor. 2: And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.  Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:  Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
Those crowds of people listening had their spirit of man in them, but not the spirit of God. Jesus selected twelve of all His pupils, electing to give those twelve the spiritual knowledge anyway by His authority the Father gave Jesus. The Father didn't give the wisdom, knowledge, words, authority to many men making many Christs. He gave it to one, and the one gave it to some. That small group was filled with the Spirit at Pentecost, then preached the same gospel Jesus preached, some receiving only as they believe God's way. It can't be taken at will outside of God giving it.
But I don’t think you can be right in that assumption because Jesus follows by saying “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” Matt. 7:11
Jesus is comparing a brutal man who at least protects and feeds his children to the obviously far greater provisions of our heavenly Father who will give better things, teaching godliness along the way. Nothing in that sermon promises the crowd the Father will give anything they want simply by asking. The whole of the sermon outlines who is qualified to even be heard by the Father. Being "in Christ" with the spirit of Christ in us qualifies us.
The disciples ASKED. (v. 9) So Jesus said "To YOU it has been given . . . ." (v.10) - In this case YOU means anyone who ASKS. - YOU does not mean some 'specially selected elite of God', (though I appreciate American Bible Belt Christiasns might all too often see themselves that way). The OTHERS are those who do not ASK.
Look again. Your comments are based on the first false assumption. Mark 4: And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.  And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.  And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
Ask or not ask, the Kingdom secrets were for the twelve. Then comes Mark 4:13
And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?
He gave them the key to unlock the parables. Then comes Mark 4: And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it.  But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.
The scriptures prove you are missing the point. Reconsider.
So first it is necessary to believe in the possibility that God exists, then it is necessary to believe that God will hear and answer the prayer of anyone who asks expecting an answer from God.
I am disappointed that you dissected scriptures to make the Bible say what you want it to say, well out of context. You left off the main qualifier, faith, which is vital to emphasize when pondering Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
It is not at all saying all you have to do is believe God exists and He will give you whatever you ask Him for if diligently seeking Him. Many diligently seek God, stalling in some religion, never finding God. No person can get to God anyway except through the Door: Jesus. Keep in mind that verse applies to the family of faith.
“If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you”.
The letter was to the brethren, fellow Christians, not to unbelievers in the world. The problem for a wicked man getting anything from God is like the double-minded man who receives nothing at all from God. James 1: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
It should be obvious not just anyone on earth can expect to receive from God just for believing He exists and then asking for whatever, even wisdom. There are conditions to be met. The diligent seeking must be in faith pleasing to God, for instance.
If that were actually the case there would be very little point preaching The Gospel to people from whom God is withholding wisdom because they are not yet ‘Christian’.
Oh No. You are quite wrong. “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few”. There is plenty of good soil out there but few to sow the seed.
You can continue teaching them worldly wisdom, try to impart your own knowledge somehow, but that coming from God will have to be taken with the Spirit of God in them. Maybe you haven't noticed that the majority of people hearing the gospel preached don't do much with it. Some folks act by faith believing while not understanding. Those are the ones God takes and floods with the mysteries of the Kingdom as they diligently seek God.
I matters not what my opinion about the God-breathed scriptures being what they are. It is however imperative that the true seeker of God will take the Bible unquestioningly as wholly inspired by the Spirit.
2 Tim. 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
ALL. If by inspiration, then none of it was birthed in any mind of man. Inspiration from the Greek theopneustos indicated "God breathed". Even a secular definition indicates an idea given from out of one's own mind. Look at the root "theo" to see the idea comes from the divine.
Be fishers of men
: Sep 27, 2011, 12:11 PM