Parable of the Sower- Shofar eBook, Ch. 6 Good Ground Christians and Conclusion
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GOOD GROUND CHRISTIANS
The parable of the Sower is the most important parable to study because it reveals why there will be a comparatively small group of Christians who will hear the word of God and do God’s will, and the reasons why this will be so. The faithful and fruitful believers serving the Lord at His Coming will likely be few in number, rather than many.
“But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” (Mt 13:23)
“But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience’. The Amplified Bible says, ‘But as for that (seed) in the good soil, these are (the people) who, hearing the Word, hold it fast in a just (noble, virtuous) and worthy heart, and steadily bring forth fruit with patience.” (Luke 8:15)
“..work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” (Philippians 2:12)
After Jesus told the parable of the sower, He said,
“He that hath ears to hear, let him hear”
(Mt 13:9,18; Mark 4:9, 23; Luke 8:8).
Why would Jesus say, “If any man have ears to hear, let him hear?” Everyone has ears and can hear, but not everyone UNDERSTANDS what they have heard. Jesus expounded on His Words to His disciples and said of them, “blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear” (Mt 13:16). Jesus said, “Take heed therefore how you hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have” (Luke 8:18).
Good Ground Christians are humble with ‘an honest and good heart’; they take God’s Word seriously, understand it and apply it to their lives; they reverence God and His Word. Their lives reflect good moral character and spiritual fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23). They provide a good testimony and produce fruitfulness in their lives, bringing no reproach to the name of the Lord. They live by this:
“For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth; Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Eph 5:9-11).
CONCLUSION OF THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER
The parables are called the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven or God. We have a king whose name is Jesus and He has a kingdom that will soon be established upon the earth. It is called the millennial kingdom, a thousand years of peace that will follow the kingdom laws Jesus preached about. He taught about the kingdom of heaven in the Sermon on the Mount (Mt chap 5-7), and in His other teachings. The kingdom of heaven is mentioned 32 times, only in the book of Matthew, while the kingdom of God is found 69 times, only in the New and not in the Old Testament. The kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God are both the same kingdom that Jesus proclaimed!
In the parable of the Sower there three groups that are no worse than the other– the wayside, stony, and thorny ground Christians. They all are the deceived or backslidden Christians– make-believers or unbelievers, backsliders, compromisers, hypocrites, lukewarm and such like. Most think that because they go to church or that because they are in a church, they are or will be saved. This also speaks of members of every religious group and denomination. The Bible says except they are born again they will neither see or enter the kingdom of God (John 3:3-8). This is why the gospel of the kingdom must be preached! We are given the responsibility to reach our families, friends and others with the gospel, and also to intercede for them in our prayers, that God will move in their lives and the Holy Spirit will bring them under conviction of sin. Many do not realize that they are on the broad way“that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat” (Mt 7:13). If we don’t warn them, those who are deceived by their self-assurance and who are satisfied with their level of spirituality will have a rude awakening when they are not received into the kingdom of God! Ezekiel 3:18-20 tells us that if we don’t warn the wicked, the backslider or lukewarm Christian, everything good that they ever did will not be counted, but their blood will be on our hands! That is why we must ‘Sound the Shofar!’
SUMMARY AND SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY
The parable of the Sower illustrates the importance of receiving God’s Word into our hearts and becoming fruitful Christians, worthy of having a place in God’s kingdom. We learned from this parable how people handle the Word when they receive it, how long they kept the Word before it was forgotten or what made them lose interest in God’s Word. And we learned that Christians can be identified as belonging to basically one of 4 groups, with the Good Ground Christians numbering only one out of four Christians, according to this parable.
What is the main reason for lack of commitment in our faith walk?
The main reason is LACK OF FAITH. In Romans 10:17, it tells us that “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Thus,
NO WORD, NO FAITH; LITTLE WORD, LITTLE FAITH; MUCH WORD,GREAT FAITH! Our Christian walk requires us to believe and be obedient to the Word of God, and this will determine whether or not we will be found acceptable to God.
Jesus said, regarding the parable of the Sower,
“Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know ALL parables?” (Mark 4:13)
This points out the importance of studying the parable of the Sower because it unlocks the understanding to all of the other parables that Jesus taught! In a brief overview of some of the parables, it can be seen that God is going to sort or separate out unacceptable Christians in a number of ways. The following parables and others should be studied. The parables are found in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, but none in the gospel of John. Here are some of them:
- Parable of Fig Tree Relating to the Way Side, Stony, and Thorny Ground Christians;
- Parable of the Tares- True and Counterfeit Christians;
- Parable of Dragnet in the Sea- Good and Bad Christians;
- Parable of Faithful and Unprofitable Servant- Fruitful and Unfruitful;
- Parable of Rich Man and Beggar- Thorny Ground Christians;
- Parable of Rich Young Ruler- Thorny Ground Christians;
- Parable of Ten Virgins- Wise and Foolish Christians;
- Parable of Talents- Good-Faithful Servant and Unprofitable Servant;
- Parable of Hidden Treasure- Good Ground Christian;
- Parable of Pearl of Great Price- Good Ground Christian;
- Parable of Mustard Seed- Good Ground Christian.
(This ends Chapter 6 from ‘Sounding the Shofar- Exhortations for the End Times’ eBook)
Further recommended reading:
Mt 7:13- 29 These scriptures detail who will go to heaven, how to tell the true leaders and disciples from the false ones.
Rev 3:15-22 Description of apostate church of end times, neither cold nor hot, but lukewarm (the Way Side, Stony, and Thorny Ground Christians) and will be rejected by God.
(Next- Chapter 7 WATCHMEN ON THE WALL)
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