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which  the  English  “hidden”  is  translated,  is  derived  from  the  root  “apokrupto.”  Strong’s
               Concordance defines this Greek word in the following manner.

               apokrupto; to conceal away (i.e. fully); figuratively, to keep secret:

               In Christ are “concealed away” all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. If one would gain access
               to these concealed treasures they must be intimate with Christ. Like the disciples who went aside
               from the multitudes and privately inquired about the meaning of the parables, those who want to
               arrive at the knowledge and understanding of the secret things of God’s kingdom must prove that
               they are disciples, and not merely confessors, of Christ. The qualifications of discipleship are
               exceedingly high. It will cost a man or woman everything in order to be a disciple of Yahshua.

               Luke 14:26-27
               “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and
               brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry
               his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.”

               Luke 14:33
               So then, any of you who does not forsake (renounce, surrender claim to, give up, say good-bye to)
               all that he has cannot be My disciple.
               [Amplified Bible]

               Understanding that the treasures of wisdom and truth are concealed by the godhead, to be revealed
               to those who will pay the cost of surrendering their lives to the lordship of Christ, one can begin to
               perceive why the Bible remains a closed book to so many. It also explains why many authors,
               teachers, and  Internet  bloggers  are deriving  so  many  spurious  interpretations  of  the  mysteries
               contained in the Bible. The price of access to divine truth is costly. Many look for a way to acquire
               knowledge while avoiding the high cost of discipleship with its self-denial, and suffering.

               Many of the best selling authors in Christendom today are promulgating doctrines and theories which
               did not originate in Christ, who is the source and guardian of divine truth. Their teachings have
               arisen from the counsel of their own soul, and the fruitless imagination of the carnal mind. Some are
               looking to occult and deceptive writings for inspiration. Consequently they are being led astray into
               much error and are influencing others who stumble with them in the darkness.

               In discoursing with a brother in Christ on this subject recently, I shared with him the following:
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