The Tale of Varied Fruit

by admin ~ January 10th, 2015. Filed under: Brandenburg, gospel.

Jesus in the kingdom parable, the parable of the soils, says that “he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty” (Matthew 13:23).  The good soil is the believing heart, someone who is receptive to the good news and is saved through the gospel, which had been sown there.   You see from Jesus that every genuine believer will reproduce.  In a sense, everything living reproduces.  This characterizes a living thing.  Jesus doesn’t say why one good ground will produce more than another ground.  He isn’t even saying that the plant that reproduces the most was planted on the best soil.  I don’t think we should deduce that for several reasons.  From the context itself, we know that reproduction will occur only in good soil.  We know from 1 Corinthians 3 that God gives the increase and that the sower is irrelevant.  For that reason, 1 Corinthians 4 tells us that what is important is faithfulness.  We will be judged on faithfulness.  You might be faithful and only see 30 and someone who is less faithful sees 100, because he is sowing on more productive soil.  We shouldn’t be discouraged by a lack of productivity.  We just want to be faithful.  So my concern for you is, are you faithful?  Fearfulness and faithlessness are unacceptable.

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