articles of chapter 6

The Parable Of The Sower

The Parable Of The Sower; This is one of the most important of Jesus’ parables.

Mat 13:18 Hear then the parable of the sower:

19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and doesn’t understand it, the evil one comes, and snatches away that which has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown by the roadside.
20 As for what was sown on the stony ground, this is the person who hears the word and accepts it at once with joy;
21 but since he doesn’t have any root in himself, he lasts for only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes along because of the word, he immediately falls away.
22 As for what was sown among the thornbushes, this is the person who hears the word, but the worries of life and the deceitful pleasures of wealth choke the word so that it can’t produce a crop.
23 What was sown on the good ground, this is he who hears the word, and understands it, who most assuredly bears fruit, and brings forth, some one hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty.

People hear in the Church the priest speaking the word of God, but the priest does not much preach of the kingdom of God. Preaching of the kingdom of God was the most important thing for which Jesus was sent (Luke 4:43). If you do not even talk about it, your faith will remain inadequate.

Invitation and election are not irrevocable and no invitees have been tied to an invitation. There is no such call of God that man could not render void by one’s own decision. Man must constantly compete to be worthy of the caller. Paul found confusing doctrines in churches that were not in accordance with the gospels declared by the apostles. He warns:

Gal 1:6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ to follow a different gospel,
7 which is not really another one. To be sure, there are certain people who are troubling you and want to distort the gospel about Christ.
8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should proclaim to you a gospel contrary to what we proclaimed to you, let that person be condemned!

A good and legitimate question today is: Is the gospel of this day in the churches and congregations are declared according to the gospel proclaimed by the apostles?

God’s word is also to be understood. A person who understands also produces fruits of the Spirit, someone hundred-fold, some sixty-fold and some thirty-fold.
The [Jesus’] parable is about a sower: the seed means a word of God’s kingdom and fruit means the fruit of the Holy Spirit, or the spreading of God’s word to other people. The parable describes how God’s word is “sown” abundantly, and so God calls out listeners. Unfortunately, rarely the seed falls into good ground, a receptive human mind. But if that’s the case Jhn 1:12 says: However, to all who received him, to those believing in his name, he gave authority to become God’s children,

At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from wise and intelligent people and have revealed them to infants. (Mat 11:25). – I have sometimes heard a question presented to a church’s representative and heard the answer: “Unfortunately, we do not know about this, it is a mystery of God”. And yet, we know, the Bible tells the answers to many questions.

When a man hears the call (the word of salvation from God) and understands what he is hearing, the important decision is then followed; whether or not he should believe. At this point, the salvation of each person is resolved. God has by no means settled this beforehand. It may well be that God has made a positive choice for some people, even so that this person becomes e.g. a prophet, another one becomes a teacher, some became apostles, etc. If God is making such a positive choice for some it does not mean that for everyone has been made a decision for salvation or damnation.

To such holy ones is Paul referring to in Rom 1: 6-7 You, too, are among those who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ. 7 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be holy [or saints]. May grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be yours!

Likewise 1 Pet 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the chosen ones who are living as strangers in the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, that you may obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled in his blood: Grace to you and peace be multiplied. 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may show forth the excellences of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

 

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