The Parable of the Sower…

Jesus poses this question to His followers: What kind of soil are you?…

Are you hard soil, rocky soil, soil that is overgrown with thorns and thistles, or are you a healthy and nurturing type of soil, that’s ready to accept the seeds that are sown in you?

The human heart is like receptive soil to the seed of the Word of God.

The soil that the seed fell on represents four different categories of hearers’ hearts, measured by the four different reactions to the Word of God: the hard heart, the shallow heart, the crowded heart, and the fruitful heart.

The Parable of the Sower

The first thing necessary in order for us to respond positively to God’s offer, in the salvation of our souls through the gospel message, is for us to recognize the value of what He is offering.

What plain truths about Jesus, His Cross, and God’s kingdom reveal divisions among people, and why?

Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-19

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

Truths: samples include (Jesus) is fully God and fully human;

He is the Messiah, our Savior, and King;

Belief in Jesus’ substitutionary, sacrificial death, burial, and Resurrection is the only way to be reconciled with the Father and to receive the Holy Spirit;

There is no other way to enter God’s presence than through the shed blood of Jesus Christ;

God’s kingdom is for those who live by grace through faith, now and forever;

Those who ultimately reject Jesus prefer the kingdom and rule of Satan over repentance and submission to God.

Divisions:
People’s responses to these truths show differences in outlook, worldview, and orientation.

Only God knows the ultimate responses each person gives to Jesus, but we divide at different points and times based on who we say Jesus is and what He does.

So who do you say Jesus is?

Jesus said of Himself, in John 14:6…

“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

His name is Jesus (Savior), and in the Book of Acts we’re told…

Acts 4:11-12

11 This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’

12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

This is your invitation:

Selah (let us pause and calmly think about these things)

Come join the Adventure!

Skip 🕊️

Author: SPARKS FROM THE ANVIL OF LIFE

This is an open forum where we look into and investigate the Rhema Mysteries of God's Word; and also other issues of importance for our day and time.

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