“He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven…” (Matthew 13:11, emphasis mine)
The Latin term “scire licet” essentially says the same thing. “It is permitted to know” i.e. it goes without saying. In other words, it’s “common knowledge” (but important nonetheless). But notice how Jesus had to tell the disciples the reason why He spoke to others “in parables”. The things of God’s spirit are open to anyone with a humble heart. “Who hath ears to hear, let him (and her) hear.” (Matthew 13:9)
There are things in this life that are ours but we’ll never know it unless we stand up and assert ourselves. There’s a fine line, to be sure, when it comes to boastful pride versus a healthy self-confidence. It would seem that the world conspires to keep certain things from entering our realm of conscious awareness. Take, for instance, a boy who’s been bullied throughout his entire Elementary School experience only to find upon entering Middle School that he wasn’t the person many saw him to be. He was stronger. Something clicked in him and he discovered a core of strength that was there all along. The bullies saw it too and were threatened by it. Or a girl who walks by a group of peers that whisper and giggle for some reason unknown. When she sees her friend who plays both sides and asks what they were talking about, the friend always dismisses it. Leaving the girl with a hollow feeling in her heart. What she doesn’t know is that there’s something in her that threatens the clique. Oh, she’ll find out. And leave the others behind. Same thing goes for the Christian.
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:12)
A contraction or shortened form of the term scire licet would be the word “scilicet”. It means “namely”. So with reference to the things that have been “freely given to us of God”, let’s look at some of the particulars.
“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” (1 Corinthians 2:13)
Before we go any further, it must be known when God gives us any attribute befitting one of His sons or daughters, that it’s altogether different than something that would seek to pass itself off as a merely human facsimile thereof. For example, you’ll find that the mercy and gentleness that come from the heart of Jesus are able to withstand the storms with which life at large seeks to accost them. If anything, they’ll simply grow stronger and brighter. Conversely, any vestige of mercy or attempted gentleness that simply springs from our own heart only will find itself severely tested and wanting when it encounters the inevitable deeper and harder obstacles. Without the spiritual qualities of the Holy Spirit, any attributes we innately possess will only go so far. This isn’t bad news, it’s just the natural order of things. It’s actually good to know our limitations. And if you truly desire to please God wherever He takes you, then you must prevail upon His Spirit to know and understand the “things that are freely given to us.” Because we can’t make it without them.
“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Matthew 24:12) But what about this? “Love (charity) never faileth” (1 Corinthians 13:8) We must be talking of two different types of love. The former being shallow, the latter being God’s. And ours, if only we knew it.
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14)
We’ll never know what we have as “joint heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17) unless we ask and seek. God has spelled it out plainly through His word and through the life of His Son. Treasures waiting to be tapped that are ours for the taking. Things that go without saying. Don’t limit yourself by accepting anything less than what is rightfully yours. Mercy. Liberty. Conscience. Compassion. Healing. Love. Scire Licet.
“In whom (Jesus) are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:3)
“But when the multitudes saw it, they marveled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.” (Matthew 9:8)