In Proposition 14, George Peters states:
“Some things pertaining to the kingdom not so easily comprehended as many suppose.”
Once again it seems somethings just never change. Apparently back in 1884, Peters noted something that still happens today, namely the attempt by many to claim they have discovered all aspects of this mystery. Based on the reality presented in some of his previous propositions, we have to humbly admit we may not be as clever as we have often claimed, especially when it comes to making the declaration that we have this whole kingdom principle issue figured out. There is nothing wrong with admitting there still remains a mystery. In fact, such humility demonstrates that we are submitting to the leading of the Holy Spirit and God’s perfect timing in which He desires to make these truths known. There is purpose behind the mystery and it would behoove us to remain patient and watchful as God unfolds the details as He sees fit.
The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 14 is the following:
“Avoiding, on the one hand, the opinion of the Romish Church that the Scriptures are so unintelligible, so obscure that they need the interpretation of the Church, of Councils, of the Fathers, or of the Pope; and, on the other hand, the view of some Protestant divines, and others, that all things are clear and intelligible to him who is in the Spirit – it is best to preserve the due medium, that whilst many things are plainly stated, yet others, for the reasons given, can only be ascertained by laborious research, or, as some old writers have quaintly observed, by “digging for hid treasures.” The Kingdom, forming the subject matter of a large portion of the Bible, cannot be correctly apprehended in its totality without the student passing over all the different sacred writers have to say concerning it.”
For those not familiar with the term “Romish Church”, Peters is referring to the Roman Catholic Church. It is interesting that Peters states that the Protestant Church has a tendency to take the opposite extreme approach as the Roman Catholics, purporting that since the Holy Spirit resides within the believer, that means all aspects of Scripture are crystal clear. While certainly a function of the Holy Spirit is to reveal the truth of Scripture to the believer, this does not mean there is some sort of “Rosetta Stone” if you will provided that unlocks all of the mysteries of the Bible. If that were true, why are they called mysteries? As Peters noted, there is a more proper middle ground to take and it involves work. I appreciate the quaint saying, “digging for hid treasures”. It reminds me of the parable of the Parable of the Hidden Treasure (Matthew 13:44-46). The treasure of the kingdom is such that when found, regardless of whether it is a small part of truth we have encountered or whether God has revealed a larger part of His divine plan to His people, we will recognize the value of this treasure and will then go all in to grasp its truth as revealed in Scripture.