Why couldn't the disciples understand (Luke 18:34)?

 34 But they understood none of these things; this saying was hidden from them, and they did not know the things which were spoken.

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Profile pic Mark Vestal Proud of nothing of myself. Freed by Christ who did it all!
I believe this is in reference to the not yet revealed ‘mystery’ gospel given only to Paul from Christ’s heavenly ministry for us today. Here is what Paul says regarding that:

(1 Corinthians 2:5-9):

"5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."

Satan would not have crucified Jesus Christ had he known that forgiveness of all our sins through Christ's blood would occur, and that the burial and resurrection of Christ on the third day would bring eternal life to all that will believe. Thus, the secret mystery was kept hidden from all, but mainly Satan.

The mystery gospel, revealed to Paul alone from Christ ascended into Heaven, is the only place in the Bible that you will find information regarding the dispensation of the grace of God, the church the body of Christ, the "catching away" of believing members who are in Christ, that Gentiles may have salvation without the need of first going through Israel, that forgiveness of sins occurred at the cross without the need of our additional works for salvation (unlike Israel's faith PLUS works program). Believers today do works AFTER salvation. We work because we ARE saved, not in order to BE saved.

This mystery was kept secret since the world began (Romans 16:25). Compare this to what is stated in Luke:

Luke 1:69-73:

"And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;
70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:
71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;
72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;
73 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham."

It is read here that Israel's salvation is through God's covenant program with Abraham (not God' grace program for us), made known through the prophets ‘since the world began’ (unlike the mystery gospel that was kept hidden since the world began), and only revealed to Paul for us until the fullness of the Gentiles come in (Romans 11:25).

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