Introduction – Part 01b

Mysteries of

The Kingdom of the Heavens

(A study of the seven parables in Matthew Chapter 13)

Part 01b

INTRODUCTION Continued

 

 

Let us continue our study of the seven parables in Matthew Chapter 13.

Two sets of 4+3 parables

These seven parables can be divided into two groups. The first four parables given at the seaside refers to the work of Satan; how he prevents or stops the fruitfulness of the sons of the kingdom. Satan having the power over this present world (Job 1:12; 2:6; Luke 4:5, 6) deceives or persecutes the sons of the kingdom and suppresses the Word of the Kingdom. Then the Lord re-entered the house (Matt.13:36) and gave three more parables, which tells us how the kingdom will surely come.

The first of these parables is the Parable of the Sower. The parable of the Sower and the following three parables speak about the present dispensation, following the removal of the kingdom from Israel and a new nation being brought forth to bear fruit (Matt. 21:33-43). This is that “holy nation,” a “peculiar people” who “in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy” (I Peter 2:9, 10). The new creation “in Christ” is exactly what the name implies – an entirely new creation in the human race (II Cor. 5:17). This is why Scripture, following this time, divides the human race into three separate and distinct segments: “Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God” (I Cor. 10:32).

Fruit bearing & Satan’s doom

In Matt.13, the field is the world and the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom (Matt.13:38). Here, the meaning of “fruit-bearing” should be understood correctly. When the multitudes came to John the Baptist to be baptized by him, confessing their sins, he said to them, “…bear fruits worthy of repentance” (Matt.3:6; Luke 3:8). Similarly, in this parable, the sons of the kingdom should receive the word of the Kingdom and bring forth fruits worthy of their King and His kingdom.

The sons of the kingdom are the saved individuals, who are saved by grace through faith (Eph.2:5, 8; John 3:16). These saved individuals are the new creation added to the church (Acts 2:47; 1Cor.12:12, 13). These four parables were given with a view to this new creation not only being brought into existence but also being extended the opportunity to bring forth fruit for the kingdom. We should receive the Word of the Kingdom and live our life worthy of that kingdom. We should remember that we are “bought at a price”, the purchased slaves of our Lord and we should do only those things which are pleasing to Him (1Cor.6:20; 10:31). Through total and continual submission to the Word of the Kingdom we should be transformed into the image and nature of Christ (Rom.8:29; Gal.4:19). We should spread the fragrance of Christ in this world (2Cor.2:14, 15; Eph.5:1, 2). Any person who comes into contact with us should taste the sweet savour of Christ in us.

When we are transformed into the image of Christ, we become fit and worthy to rule with Him (Gen.1:27, 28) and consequently Satan’s rule will come to an end and Satan and his angels will be removed from the heavenly realm and be cast into the eternal hell (Rev.12:7-10; Matt.25:41). Thus, our fruit-bearing will spell the doom of Satan. Because of this, Satan is very keen to prevent the sons of the kingdom from bearing fruit. Satan uses every means available with him to prevent us from bearing fruit and to suppress the Word of the Kingdom.