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Parables: Mysteries of God’s Kingdom Revealed through the Stories Jesus Told

ISBN: 9781400203505



Pastor-teacher John MacArthur helps readers understand Jesus’ parables and how they relate to the whole of His message.

Jesus was a master storyteller, and the parables He told were ingeniously simple word pictures with profound spiritual lessons. Understanding the parables is a crucial matter for followers of Jesus. Jesus told parables so His people might comprehend His message about the kingdom of God clearly.

Master expositor and Bible commentator John MacArthur has spent a lifetime explaining the Word of God in clear and comprehensible terms. In Parables he helps Christians understand the essential lessons contained in the most famous and influential short stories the world has ever known.

Resource Experts
  • Helps Christians understand the essential lessons contained in the parables
  • Examines the nature of Scripture and preaching
  • Addresses common misunderstandings about parables
  • One Ominous Day in Galilee
  • A Lesson About Receiving the Word
  • A Lesson About the Cost of Discipleship
  • A Lesson About Justice and Grace
  • A Lesson About Neighborly Lov
  • A Lesson About Justification by Fait
  • A Lesson About Faithfulne
  • A Lesson About Serpentine Wisdom
  • A Lesson About Heaven and Hell
  • A Lesson About Persistence in Prayer

Top Highlights

“In short, Jesus’ parables had a clear twofold purpose: They hid the truth from self-righteous or self-satisfied people who fancied themselves too sophisticated to learn from Him, while the same parables revealed truth to eager souls with childlike faith—those who were hungering and thirsting for righteousness. Jesus thanked His Father for both results: ‘I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight’ (Matt. 11:25–26).” (Page xxi)

“What is a parable, and how does it differ from other illustrative forms—metaphors, similes, fables, allegories, and the like? A parable is not merely a simple analogy. It’s an elongated simile or metaphor with a distinctly spiritual lesson contained in the analogy. Short figures of speech like ‘as strong as a horse’ or ‘as quick as a rabbit’ are plain similes—simple and straightforward enough not to require an explanation. A parable extends the comparison into a longer story or more complex metaphor, and the meaning (always a point of spiritual truth) is not necessarily obvious. Most of Jesus’ parables demanded some kind of explanation.” (Page xxiv)

“What, then, does that statement in Mark 4:33–34 mean: ‘without a parable He did not speak to them’? That’s a description of Jesus’ public teaching style only during the final year or so of His public ministry. It refers to that intentional change in teaching style that took place about the same time Jesus’ Galilean ministry entered its final phase.” (Pages xxii–xxiii)

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

John F. MacArthur

John MacArthur (b. 1939) is a Calvinist theologian, author, editor, and teacher. He is a popular conference speaker and the president of both The Master's College and The Master's Seminary. He has also served as pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California since 1969. Best known for his expository exegesis of the Bible, Logos has collected more than 3,000 of his sermons in the John MacArthur Sermon Archive and offers the complete MacArthur New Testament Commentary.

MacArthur’s pulpit ministry extends around the globe through his media ministry, Grace to You. In addition to producing daily radio programs for nearly 2,000 English and Spanish radio outlets worldwide, Grace to You distributes books, software, and CDs by John MacArthur. He has written hundreds of books and study guides, including the bestselling John MacArthur Essential Bible Study Library and the MacArthur Study Bible. He is also the author of notable titles like Different by Design and Twelve Ordinary Men.


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  3. Fred Littlefield
    This is a very good book on parables. John McArthur explains so many things about parables and how they work and how Jesus used them for his ministry. Very good insight both on the technical and spiritual sides, and it is to the point and concise. I have the Kindle edition and liked it so much that I wanted it in my Logos library.