“But when they were alone, He was explaining all things to His disciples” (Mark 4:34).
To all and sundry that were gathered to hear Him, Jesus only spoke in parables, but to those who were His own, He explained all things to them – when they were alone with Him!
Nothing much has changed; the verb “was explaining” is in the indicative imperfect active, meaning that it is incomplete; Jesus is still explaining all things to those who choose to be alone with Him; indeed, that is the only way that we can receive truth; by way of spiritual revelation given by the Revelator, Christ Jesus the Lord. To receive that we must be more alone with Him than we are gathered with others, seeking to hear His voice, not filling His ears with our complaints.
Because of this, Satan does his utmost to make sure that we aren’t alone with Him. Modern Christianity is built not upon being alone with Him, but upon gathering together in meeting places; there we will not hear His voice explaining all things, but the voices of men, who cannot explain all things. There we are so organized, directed and managed that there is little time left to be alone with Him.
Christians today seem intimidated; there is an unwillingness to seek the Lord for Himself, almost as if Christianity has replaced Christ. Yet Christianity can save no man; it is only as we are in Christ Jesus that we can be saved.
It is part of Satan’s business, of course, to intimidate God’s people and keep their spirit imprisoned; he knows that the believing and justified Christian has been raised up out of the grave of his sin and from that moment he devotes himself to keeping the believer bound and gagged, imprisoned in the grave clothes of fleshly religion. He knows that if we continue in this bondage we will never be able to claim the spiritual inheritance that is ours by new birthright and for which the Lord of Glory died.
He knows too, that, in that condition, we are not much better off than when we were spiritually dead!