1. INTRODUCTION

The Lord told me this week that this post is  about “the haves and the have nots in the kingdom of God”.  These words may sound strange, but Jesus told the disciples:

those who are open to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But to those who are not listening, even what they have will be taken away from them  (Matt 13: 12).

We know now that He was not referring to the natural ear, but to the ear of the spirit.  There are many people who hear and believe that Jesus is the Son of God, but even devils believe and tremble (James 2: 19). Are the devils going to heaven? Are they saved?  Many people enter the Kingdom but do not remain, as we see in the parable of the sower. Jesus said that everyone who says Lord, Lord will not enter His kingdom. In other words, you will be refused if you are not born again.

We saw that many people followed Jesus and were taught the parables. However, He  explained the meanings only  to the 12 disciples and expected them to be able to interpret other parables as they grew in understanding.  Jesus revealed clearly in the parable of the sower that the word will be preached and received initially by some people.  Some of them may be lost because of the condition of their spirits.

We need  to understand that the  human spirit receives the word of God under certain conditions. This will help us to develop strategies to meet the needs of those who are at risk, in order to help them to escape the eternal flames of hell.    

2. KEY TO THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER

Jesus showed us that there are four groups of people who hear and receive the word of God.  However, all of them do not endure to the end to be saved. He gave us a  key to the parable of the sower and I will share it as a reminder: 

  • sower = person who preaches/teaches the word
  • seed = word of God/word of the kingdom (Mt 13: 19)
  • wayside, stony place/rock, thorns, good ground = place into which the word is sowed which is the human spirit. These terms also describe the  condition of the human spirit and its short and long term response to the word of God.
  • those by the wayside= curious onlookers, doubters, religious sceptics.
  • stony ground/rock= a hard spirit
  • thorns = spirit is wounded and bleeding
  • good ground = spirit that receives and practices the word. They become  life long disciples of the Lord in spite of afflictions, persecutions and other conditions faced by all of the other short term believers.

In the upcoming posts I will write in detail about the human spirit and its response to the word of God.

Blessings and have a great day!

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