1. Psalm 25:12-14: What is your understanding of the fear of the Lord? The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him. Will the Lord show His covenant to anyone who does not fear Him?
2. Luke 8:16-18: Surely Jesus is not speaking of candles made of wax or pariffin! It seems that something secret is yet to be revealed. What does a man have, or should have; that more shall be given; and how is it that what a man does not have can be taken from him; even that which he seems to have?
UK Apologetics Reply:
Okay let us look at these Scriptures:
Who, then, are those who fear the LORD? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose. They will spend their days in prosperity, and their descendants will inherit the land. The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. (Psalm 25:12-14).
In short, God gives further knowledge and understanding to those who are respectful of Him; to 'fear' the Lord is to be respectful of the Lord, to recognise Him as Creator and Sustainer and to want to serve Him. One who mocks at the very idea of an omnipotent God, preferring the claims of evolution, is clearly not one who fears the Lord. In what way do the descendants of such people "inherit the land"? Very simple really. An understanding of, and obedience toward God, tends to run in particular familes. Another Psalm speaks of this:
Hope in the LORD and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it. (Psalm 37:34).
Also, of course, the 'sermon on the mount':
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5).
Eventually the saved inherit both Heaven and Earth (not just heaven as some appear to believe). This will be after the wicked, those who reject all of God's overtures, will no longer exist. The question is asked: 'Will the Lord show His covenant to anyone who does not fear Him?' No, not according to this. God gives a little understanding to people and those who start to positively respond are shown more.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13).
From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. (Acts 17:26-27).
Therefore those who scoff at and hate God never have a complete understanding of Holy Scripture. In His mercy, He does not allow people to have a deep level of spiritual knowledge while living in rebellion. To do so would conclude all such rebellious ones as destined for Hell because of their plain rejection of the deep things of God.
If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. (Hebrews 10:26-27).
"No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them." (Luke 8:16-18).
Christians are likened to light, manifesting the reality of God by their behaviour. Yes, Christians should be prepared to show their light, not in an arrogant, boastful manner but in a spirit of humility and in an eagerness to serve others.
When the Scriptures states, "...there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open," it speaks of the end of time when all things shall be revealed, there will be no more deception and no more secrets.
Finally, this Scriptures makes the point that, "...consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them." The meaning? Jesus is saying that merely listening is not enough, Christians must be 'doers,' willingly confessing Christ in even the most difficult situations. The result of merely being 'listeners' could be that one is confirmed as not being part of the Elect, but the real 'doers' will be "given more..."
Robin A. Brace. November 2nd, 2011.