“If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself.” (John 7:17 NASB)
Jesus was constantly hounded by the religious leaders of his day who seemed to always have a finger ready for pointing. It was as if they followed him around just to oppose and accuse him at every turn. They would say things to him like Moses said…what do you say? They were always poised with the gotcha!
When teaching Jesus would speak in parables which caused his disciples to ask him “Why do you speak to them in parables?” Jesus’ response to them was “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.” This struck me today in a new way.
What Jesus is telling them, and us, is since the disciples had already shown willingness to trust and follow after Jesus they were being shown the mysteries of the kingdom. In other words they were willing to do his will whereas the religious leaders weren’t. It’s as if the parables were keys to understanding and without willingness to follow they made no sense.
As we do what God tells us to do our understanding is opened and more light will flood in, but until we are willing we will remain confused and mixed up. You see the Bible tells us “without faith it is impossible to please him.” Much of the time faith requires us to step out into something without knowing all of what it’s about, but once we do we will be given more understanding.