A Matter Of. . .Eternal
. . .Life and Death
"And when much people
were gathered together,
and were come to him [Jesus]
out of every city,
he spake by a parable:
'A sower went out
to sow his seed:'. . ."
When a large group of people, which had gathered together from many cities, came out to meet Jesus, He began to teach them about the mysteries of the Kingdom of God through a parable/symbolic story referred to as:
"The Parable of the Seed."
The Parable begins with a sower/farmer sowing seed and this seed is going to fall on four different types of ground:
*1st Type of Ground = "the way side"
"A sower went out
to sow his seed:
and as he sowed,
some fell by the way side;
The first type of ground is called "the way side:"
= travelled way/road/roadway
This way side is not referring to the side of the road or edge of the road where plants often grow...but the Greek #G3598 specifies that it is a roadway or well travelled road...that we could perhaps even compare to the "broad way" of the world...that leads to destruction, which Jesus mentions also in Matt. 7:13.
Destruction at the way side = 2 Types:
1-"...and it was trodden down,"
Because this was a well travelled road, the seed was trampled/destroyed because of the amount of traffic on the road. . .There wasn't any safe place for it to grow.
2-..."and the fowls of the air devoured it..."
"Fowls" are "birds"...and birds often symbolize evil spirits. The devil is an expert at stealing...in this case stealing seed...He comes to kill, steal and destroy. (John 10:10).
The devil is also referred to as one that is known for "devouring"...Thus, Peter warns us:
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:"
Therefore, the devil, the "prince and power of the air," like the "fowls of the air," destroys the seed/Word of God by devouring it...How does the devil devour the Word of God?
Is not the Word of God "devoured" by taking it away from the people:
...banning it ...prohibiting it from being preached or read?
...by chewing it up/fragmenting it by taking it out of context from the pulpit or through adding and promoting the opinions and writings of men as being equal to the Word?
...or redefining it by introducing new words into new versions that change the original meaning of it?
There is a curse upon anyone that tampers with the Holy Word of God:
"For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book." (Rev.22:18-19)
*2nd Type of Ground = Rock
"And some fell upon a rock;..."
Some seed fell upon a rock...or fell upon a place that was so hard that it was unable to absorb water.
Destruction on the rock:
"...and as soon as it was sprung up,
it withered away,
because it lacked moisture..."
Without water...it could not survive ...so this seed died.
*3rd Type of Ground = Thorns
"...And some fell among thorns;..."
Thorns created an environment in which the seed could not grow, so it was choked and died.
Destruction by Thorns:
"...and the thorns sprang up with it,
and choked it..."
When the seed sprouted...the thorns came up with it...sharing the same environment ...squeezing and oppressing it...without freedom to grow..It died.
*4th Type of Seed = Fell on Good Ground
"...And other fell on good ground,..."
However, the 4th type of seed falls on good ground.
This Time...Not Destruction
...but Production of Fruit:
"...and sprang up,
and bare fruit
However, the last seed survives and thrives because it falls on good ground, takes root, grows, matures, and produces fruit.
Now Jesus warns us to take heed...to pay attention to something that is very important:
"...And when he had said these things,
He that hath ears to hear,
let him hear...."
Therefore, the disciples ask Jesus to interpret this parable:
"...And his disciples asked him,
What might this parable be?..."
Parables are not God's method of providing understanding...but for the purpose of hiding understanding
...even when the parable is expounded.
"...And he said,
Unto you it is given to know
the mysteries of the kingdom of God:
but to others in parables;
that seeing they might not see,
and hearing they might not understand..."
Jesus tells the disciples that only those who genuinely belong to Him will be given understanding of the parables ...Only the genuine believers will be able to receive the truth hidden in the parables...So Jesus interprets for the disciples...just like the Holy Spirit interprets the Word for genuine believers today:
"...Now the parable is this:
The seed is the word of God..."
The first thing that is vital to understand is that the seed is the Word of God, which comes from God's Holy Book, the Bible, as it is read or spoken.
Seed = Word of God
Receiving the gift of eternal life is really a very simple process, nevertheless it is at the same time, a very serious matter of spiritual life and death, which actually depends on what happens to the seed/Word of God.
We are saved from sin and subsequent death that is a result of our sin ...saved only by faith...and the faith to be saved comes from the Word of God:
"For by grace are ye saved
and that not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God:
Not of works,
lest any man should boast."
"So then faith
cometh by hearing,
by the word of God."
Word of God = generates/creates/brings about the faith to be saved.
Now...Jesus interprets the first three types of ground and explains how this seed/Word of God is destroyed:
"Those by the way side
[on the well-traveled roads of the world]
are they that hear;
then cometh the devil,
and taketh away the word
out of their hearts,
lest they should believe
and be saved."
The broad way to destruction is a very busy road. The precious seed of the Word, even though it has made its way into the heart...has failed to take root in this place/heart filled with worldly distractions...making genuine belief and salvation impossible.
...In this environment, it is easily overlooked, trampled under foot/not appreciated for its value...therefore becomes a vulnerable target for the devil to destroy.
In order for the Word to survive, it must not have any competition...It must have entire preeminence in the heart.
"They on the rock are they,
which, when they hear,
receive the word with joy;
and these have no root,
which for a while believe,
and in time of temptation fall away."
Now some seeds fall upon the rock...and some hearts even receive the seed/Word with joy...But the rock is a very hard surface...perhaps, under the surface, a very hard heart...unable to absorb any additional Word provided by the water of the Word...so remains there for a while..but without this additional water of the Word, is unable to take root...becomes defenseless against temptation, withers and dies.
"And that which fell among thorns
go forth, and are choked with cares
and riches and pleasures of this life,
and bring no fruit to perfection."
Cares, riches, and pleasures of this life are like thorns that create an environment where the seed/Word is choked...oppressed by things of the world...unable to grow, produce anything of value, or survive...
Next...Jesus describes the fourth type of ground and why this seed/Word of God survives and prospers:
which in an honest and good heart,
having heard the word,
and bring forth fruit with patience"
Somehow, by the grace of God...some seed/Word falls on good ground...that has somehow, by the grace of God...yielded to pre-cultivation by God...resulting in a good heart that has been enabled to be honest about its own sinful condition and need of the Savior.
Because of this...the seed of the Word of God is able to endure and freely grow...being nourished further by the Word of God...until it has matured, is therefore able to produce fruit in due season and claim God's promise that, through His grace we are saved...and because of His continued grace working in us. . .
...we are guaranteed:
Here are these specific promises from His Word:
"For by grace are ye saved through faith;
[faith by the Word of God]
and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of [our own] works, lest any man should boast.
For we are his workmanship,
[it is God's hand/Spirit working in us...
...as He keeps us yielded to Him],
created in Christ Jesus
[we are His project, brought into existence because we are in Jesus]
unto good works
[for the purpose of carrying out
the specific works His Spirit inspires and enables us to do]
which God hath before ordained
[prepared in advance to give us]
that we should walk in them."
[since we are enabled to fulfill His will...we have no excuse not to fulfill His will...because He faithfully provides all we need]
"Being confident of this very thing,
that he which hath begun
a good work in you
will perform it
[actually accomplish it]
until the day of Jesus Christ:"
[preparing us to be ready for
the day Jesus appears]
"He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels."
All truth will eventually be revealed.
For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad."
The seed is the Word of God and this parable of the seed is an illustration of how the Word of God produces a genuine, born-again, Christian.
This parable is not teaching that anyone can lose their salvation...but is explaining why some may profess to know Christ or know who Christ is, but have not been growing, overcoming sin, or producing any other evidence that a real conversion has actually taken place...because they have failed to submit to the Word of God and preeminence of Christ as Lord of their life.
Instead...they stubbornly cling to the throne of their own life...as the god of their life...fulfilling their own desires...remaining unyielded to God's will...according to His Word and Spirit.
We have discovered from this parable that good works alone are not sufficient evidence to verify a real conversion, since unbelievers are able to also do good works and appear to be "servants of God"...religiously "serving" God, when they do not really know Him at all.
21--"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the
23--And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
The Scriptures warn that in the end, there will be many false prophets teaching lies...and many distractions, as previously mentioned, regarding the first three types of ground into which the seed/Word attempts (and even appears) to take root...but for one reason or another fails...and dies out.
For this reason...many will believe they are Christians and going in the rapture...but will be left behind because they really do not know Him, have not really followed His Word, so were unable to overcome the grip the world, the flesh, and the devil had on them.
Then there will be "weeping and gnashing of teeth."
"Take heed therefore how ye hear:
for whosoever hath, to him shall be given;
whosoever hath not,
even that which he seemeth to have."
***To be sure you have a genuine saving relationship with Jesus Christ...scroll to the top of the page and click on the gift wrapped in gold on the left.