I’ve been writing about the word “good” in the parable of the sower. Today I will explore the usage of the word Kalos in Luke 8: 8, 15:

And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

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.

As I read the scriptures, I noted that the word good (Kalos) was contrasted with the opposite. For example:

  • God makes His sun to rise on the evil and the just (MK 5: 45).
  • the evil know how to give good gifts to their children (Mt 7: 11)
  • good trees bring forth good fruit, but the corrupt bring forth corrupt fruit (Mt 7: 17, 18; Mt 12: 35). For example, Dorcas did good (kalos) works  (Acts 9: 36)
  • Evil vipers cannot speak good things (Mt 12: 34)
  • Good men bring forth  good from the good treasure of their hearts while evil men bring forth evil (LK 6: 45)

More examples of the usage of the word kalos:

  • Jesus was called “Good Master” (Mt 19 :16)
  • The good and faithful servant inherited reward (Mt 25: 21, 23)
  • Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and the Lord said that she had chosen the “good part”. Martha was busy serving and complained that her sister would not help her. Which part would you prefer? (Lk 10: 42)
  • Abraham told the rich man that he had received good things in his life, while Lazarus had received evil things.  His good things were temporary. He had lived his life uncaring of Lazarus’ condition (Lk 16: 25)
  • Good stewards will inherit more than they invested (Lk 19: 17)
  • Men can be good e.g Joseph of Arimathea (LK 23 :50)

The usage of the word gives us an idea of the characteristics of the believer described by the dear Lord Jesus as “good ground”.

Blessings and have a great night.