Parable of the SOWER – 02a

Mysteries of

The Kingdom of the Heavens

Part 02a

PARABLE of the SOWER – continued

 

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

In the previous part (Part 02), we have seen about “the Ones Sown by the Wayside” and now let us see about the Ones Sown in the other three parts of the field.

2) Ones Sown into Stony Places

Comparing the parable and the explanation (v. 5, 6, 20, 21), the ones sown into stony places represent the saved individuals who hear the Word of the Kingdom, understand the Word, and obey it joyfully (v. 20). They endure “for awhile”; but, when “the sun [tribulation or persecution arises because of the word] was up they were scorched, “and because they had no depth of earth” and “no root” they wither away (v. 5, 6, 21).

When any individual responds to the gospel of the grace of God, he is saved by grace through faith, that is, he is saved from eternal condemnation and he receives eternal life, as the free gift of God (John 3:16; Eph.2:5, 8). By simple faith he receives the forgiveness of all his sins and becomes a child of God (Eph.1:7; Col.1:14). He is also sealed and indwelt by the Holy Spirit (Eph.1:13; 2Cor.1:22) and joined to the church which is the body of Christ (1Cor.12:12, 13). Due to these eternal blessings, peace and joy floods the heart of the believer.

But many immature and false teachers preach and teach that there will be no more pain or sorrow, but only blessings and happiness all through their life. But our Lord has warned us, “…In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). We are exhorted to “run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus…” (Heb12:1, 2), “you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise…” (Heb.10:36). When we continue to hear the voice of the Lord and obey Him, we will have to endure losses, sufferings and shame in this world. “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2Tim.3:12). Glories cannot be attained without enduring sufferings (Luke 24:26; 1Pet.1:11; Rom.8:17; James 1:12). All those believers who refuse to understand and submit to these deeper truths stumble and become unfruitful.

3) Ones Sown Among Thorns

Comparing the parable and the explanation (vv. 7, 22), the ones sown among thorns represent individuals who hear the Word, and “go forth” (Luke 8:14). Apparently they endure for awhile, understand and begin to obey but are then overcome by the enemy. That used to bring about their fall is revealed to be “the care of this world [age], and the deceitfulness of riches” and the “pleasures of this life” (Luke 8:14).

Presently, the kingdom of the heavens is in the hands of Satan and his angels. They are seated in the heavenly places (Eph.6:12) and they rule from the heavens over the whole earth (Luke 4:5, 6; John 12:31; 2Cor.4:4). But, when the saved individuals hear the Word of the Kingdom, bring forth fruit – understand and obey – they will become worthy to enter the kingdom and replace Satan and his angels. The Word of the Kingdom is a message having to do with saved individuals occupying positions as co-heirs with Christ in that day, ruling in the stead of angels presently ruling with Satan. And this is something which Satan will do all within his power to prevent. Satan uses the things of this present age, which are now within his power (Job 1:12; 2:6), to blind our eyes and frighten us. All those who are unable to recognize the difference in the value of things that belong to this age and of the things of the coming age are easily overcome and become unfruitful (Rom.8:18; 2Cor.4:17, 18; Heb.12:16, 17).

4) Ones Sown into Good Ground

In the fourth part of the parable we see those sown “into good ground” (v. 8, 23) representing individuals who hear and understand the Word (first part of the parable); they refuse to allow “tribulation or persecution” to deter them as they progress toward obedience and fruit-bearing (second part of the parable); and they keep their eyes fixed on the goal out ahead, rather than on the things of this present world system (third part of the parable). They hear, understand, and grow in the Word (cf. Acts 20:32; James 1:21; I Peter 2:2). They are the only ones who overcome and bring forth fruit among the four groups mentioned, “some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.” These individuals are the only ones who fulfill the purpose for their redemption – bringing forth fruit where Israel had failed, qualifying them to occupy positions with Christ in the coming kingdom of the heavens. These are the ones who will be allowed to ascend the throne with Christ in that coming day, occupying positions exactly commensurate with their fruit-bearing.

Mention is made in the parable of the Sower of individuals bringing forth fruit in varying amounts – “some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold” (vv. 8, 23). And payment for the varying amounts, seen in another parable, the parable of the pounds in Luke 19:11-27, would be exactly commensurate with their individual fruitfulness. In the parable of the pounds, ten servants were each given one pound. Each was given a portion of his Lord’s business to use during the time of his Lord’s absence, in order that he might be accorded the opportunity to bring forth an increase. One servant brought forth a tenfold increase; and the Lord, upon His return, gave him authority over ten cities. Another servant brought forth a fivefold increase; and the Lord, at this time, gave him authority over five cities. But a third servant failed to use that entrusted to him, and he was not only denied governmental authority but he was also severely rebuked by his Lord. This is not only the way Scripture plainly presents the matter, but this is also what God’s perfect justice and righteousness demands. If matters occurred any other way, God would not be perfectly just and righteous in His judgmental dealings with His servants to whom He entrusted His business during His time of absence.

For more detailed study on this subject, kindly refer to www.lampbroadcast.org >>books>>The Mysteries of the Kingdom by Arlen L. Chitwood