Salvation And the Word Of God–Part 2

Matthew 13:3-9; 18-23 and in Luke 8:4-15–Because of the length of these scriptures I will refrain from printing them here. The Parable of the Seed and the Sower.

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Continued from yesterday–In this parable Jesus says that the seed is the word of God and there are four kinds of hearers.

Hearer one—this hearer’s heart is hard, he doesn’t understand it; it does not penetrate nor find a place in his heart. The devil comes along and takes the word of God out of his heart lest he should believe and be saved. The word of God is not mixed with faith (explained later under faith) and does not profit him/her.

Hearer two—this hearer receives the word of God with joy, but has hard places in his heart and the word of God does not take root.  This hearer endures for a while, but when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word of God, by and by he is offended and turns from it.  He hangs in there as long as it is convenient, but will not stand firm if he is troubled because of the word of God.  His belief is not strong.

Hearer three—this hearer receives the word of God and it takes root, but the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and pleasures of this world choke the word of God, and he becomes unfruitful.  This hearer still has a world focus.  He focuses so much on the cares of this world that he limits the operation of God’s word in his life.  He allows the riches and pleasures of this world to take precedence over his faithfulness to God’s word.  They occupy his mind and time allowing no place for the word of God.  He is as a tree that produces no fruit.

Hearer four—this hearer has an honest and good heart.  He hears the word of God, understands the word of God, keeps it and with patience becomes fruitful.  Here we have the formula for bringing forth spiritual fruit.  First, hear the word of God.  Second, understand the word of God.  Third, keep (obey) the word of God.  Fourth be patient.  It takes time for fruit to appear and come to perfection (be ripe).  Among these hearers there are varying degrees of fruitfulness. Some thirty, some sixty and some a hundred fold.  The word is “received not as the word of men but as the word of God, which effectually works in them that believe” (1 Thessalonians 2:13).  This is the kind of hearer we must be if we want to experience salvation and the fullness of the abundant life.  Jesus said, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear” (Matthew 11:15).