America in the Kingdom Parables

C.O. Stadslkev - 1959

The Sower and the Seed

Matthew 13:1-23

   THE READER'S attention has already been called to the fact that the Parable of the Sower and the Seed introduces the other parables on the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.

   Verses 10 and 11 of Matthew 13 tell us "the disciples came, and said unto him (Jesus), Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given."

   Here we learn that there are mysteries or secrets in the Kingdom of Heaven on earth which would be made known in parables.

   In verse 19 of Matthew 13 Jesus indicated that Satan would put forth special effort to keep people in ignorance and confusion relative to the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.

   Verse 19 reads as follows: "When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side."

   As with other truths taught in the Scriptures, a scriptural interpretation and a correct understanding is necessary if the Word of God as the seed is to take root and produce the desired results.

   The importance of understanding is also emphasized in verse 23 where we read, "But 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."

   Since God's great ultimate purpose in His plan for this earth is the establishment of His kingdom on earth where His will shall be done as it is in heaven, we can understand why Satan has put forth such a desperate and persistent effort to keep people in ignorance and confusion relative to what is meant by the Kingdom of Heaven or the Kingdom of God on earth.

   We must remember, as we read in Matthew 13:11, that the Lord's purpose in giving these kingdom parables was to make known the mysteries or tile secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven.

   And remember always, we must not confuse the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth with the mysteries of the Church of Jesus Christ.

   In his letters to the Ephesians and Colossians, the Apostle Paul claims that he was the first man to whom the mystery of the Church of Jesus Christ was revealed.

   In verse 2 of Ephesians 3 he wrote that it was given unto him to open the dispensation of grace or the Church Age. In both Ephesians and Colossians he states that the mystery of the Church is "Christ in you the hope of glory," that personal salvation is for all people who will receive and believe on the Lord  Jesus Christ. See Ephesians 3:1-6 and Colossians 1:24-29.

   After Jesus had set forth His parables of the Kingdom of leaven as given in Matthew 13 He said, "Have ye understood all these things? "They replied, "Yea, Lord."

   If the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, of which Jesus spoke, are identical with the mysteries of the Church of which Paul wrote, then the Lord failed in His teaching and the disciples were mistaken in answering that they understood the kingdom parables, for the disciples most certainly did not understand the mysteries of the Church until after the death and resurrection of the Lord.

   Furthermore, if the Kingdom parables are Church parables making known the mysteries of the Church then Paul was in error in teaching that the mysteries of the Church and the Age of Grace were first made known to him.

   Before going into the study of the Parable of the Tares Among the Wheat we shall consider the shorter parables of Matthew 13, and then return to that parable.

 

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