A Tremendous Opportunity to Build Christian Civilization is Upon Us
1 And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land.
2 And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine,
3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:
4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:
6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.
9 And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.
11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?
14 The sower soweth the word.
15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.
16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.
18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,
19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
21 And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick?
22 For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.
One of the more insightful things Jesus ever spoke as recorded in the Holy Scriptures was when He told the disciples in verse 13 if they didn’t know or understand this parable He told them, how could they know or understand all the parables.
In other words, all parables were based upon this one parable. And since these parables were concerning the kingdom of God on planet earth, or to put it another way: visible Christian civilization, understanding this parable was the key to comprehending how it was to come forth.
Why this is important to understand is because so many Christians, especially so-called Christian leaders, have chosen to attract people by gimmicks and worldly means in order to grow the number of people that attend their churches.
Yet Jesus clearly states in the parable of parables, that the way to grow the kingdom of God is by faithful and accurate preaching of the word of God.
The other important aspect is that the ground of the people receiving the word needs to be good ground. The outrage is when the ground of the people is good, and the preachers or teachers teach unsound or outright false doctrine that negatively impacts their lives.
In our generation that includes cultural Marxism, socialism, feminism, tolerance for the intolerable, and many other ideologies contrary to the clear teaching of the Bible.
False teachers and churches will end up collapsing under the judgement of God as they attempt to deceive and frustrate faithful believers.
As for the word sown in good ground, it produces much fruit in the lives of God’s people. This fruit, as it changes a person from within to without, is the visible manifestation of the kingdom of God on earth, or the new creation civilization.
To be effective, we need to get much better at applying the word that is heard to all areas of life; it needs to go beyond theory to giving examples for believers on how it can apply to the problems and situations in life they face.
From beginning to end, the Bible is full of wisdom and understanding on how we got to where we are and how to live life as it is meant to be. Providing the foundation of the faith and providing Biblical answers will go a long way toward building the kingdom of God on earth, and to see Christian civilization arise to become the alternative to the world that continues to collapse under the weight of sin and deception.
Those churches and fake church leaders are finding out, and will continue to find out, that becoming more like the world isn’t what will grow their churches. After all, why would anyone want to sit under teaching that does nothing but reinforce their way of life and culture? Offering an alternative is what will attract people, and that alternative is revealed only in the word of God.
As the word of God is taught and bears fruit in the lives of believers, there will always be those that oppose the word of God and its impact on the world that will infiltrate the churches in order to disrupt and undermine what is happening. It is far past time these people are warned, and if they don’t stop, should be kicked out of the church. We are not to be tolerant of evil, but warn those that are trying to destroy the people of God from within.
The same needs to be done concerning unrepentant sin. We are not to accept people that are sinning in the name of tolerance. God isn’t tolerant of sinful lifestyles, and we being made in the image of God, aren’t to be either. Cast the unrepentant out so others may learn to fear God, and also so it doesn’t spread to others in the Christian community.
We aren’t in the business of trying to build up numbers at all costs, we’re in the business of accurately sowing the word of God in the lives of people, and allowing God to give the increase. As with the 12 apostles, once the foundation was in place, they had the ability to serve thousands of new believers. They wouldn’t have been able to if they hadn’t been taught by example and word by Jesus Christ for about three and a half years, and accepted, received and obeyed His teaching.
The twelve became a microcosm of the new creation civilization Jesus Christ gave birth to, and from knowledge and experience, were able to successfully sow that same word into the lives of those that were new to the faith, while living it out before them as an example to the flock.
We have a extraordinary opportunity before us because of the abandoment of the faith by false and fake pastors and priests. We can embrace the words of God and keep the ground the word embeds itself in good. That way we can see the fruit of the word take hold in the lives of ourselves and others, and the civilization God is building expand and enlarge around the world.
The reason for the tremendous opportunity is because the ability to contrast between fake, heretical or fallen churches allows those obedient to the word of God to shine forth as lights to the world and salt to the corruptive forces of the world attempting to permeate God’s people with a worldliness that opposes the person and purpose of God Almighty.
For most of us we should focus on the locality we live in, narrowing it even down to our neighborhoods, if we live in a city. The same is done in rural areas, with the exception it is spread across a wider geographic area, by which I’m referring to those that live in the country.
Our job is to teach the word of God, read it, learn it, obey it, and keep the ground of our hearts soft so it can do the work it is meant to do, and not be stolen or choked to the point it doesn’t take root in our lives.
Jesus taught that this is the foundation of understanding all parables, and parables are primarily for the purpose of seeing what the kingdom of God is like, or in other words, how it will impact the people living on planet earth.
Those that hear and obey will bring forth much fruit, and as versus 21 and 22 above state, this will become visible on the earth in the eyes of people, as it’s meant to be set on a candlestick, not be hidden. It’s meant to be manifested or seen, not be kept hidden and secret. That is the new creation civilization that will fill the earth with the knowledge of the Lord.
For most of us, our part is to live it out in the sight of those people we’re in contact with on a daily basis; not only individually, but as a community of believers building the kingdom for all to see and hopefully, enter.