Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Mark 4:1-20

"And He was teaching them many things in parables, and was saying to them in His teaching, "Listen to this! Behold, the sower went out to sow ...".

(Parable of the Sower) – “Many evangelists today believe that it is acceptable to lose 75% of “converts” to a backslidden lukewarm style’s of living because they incorrectly assume that Jesus is legitimizing it in the parable of the sower in Mark 4. The seed of the gospel falls on: 1) Hard soil, 2) Rocky soil, 3) Thorny soil and 4) Good soil Now Jesus said this parable unlocks the mystery of all the other parables! Of the first 3 types of people they believe the message but there is no regeneration because their heart condition was wrong so that when satanic pressure or hardship comes they fall away or just keep a hypocritical pretentious form of Godliness.

But the parable of the sower was never given by Jesus to console, comfort or legitimize disappointing evangelistic results! It was given for instruction. The purpose of the law is to turn the soil of a person’s heart. The law is to prepare the soil of a person’s heart before you sow the seed of the gospel! Jesus said the good soil represents the hearts of those who have understanding (Mark 4, Matthew 13 and Luke 8). Is Jesus saying there are some lucky ones in society who just happen to have good understanding hearts?

No, not at all! Romans 3:10 to 11 says, “As it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one; There is no one who understands, no one who seeks God”. So what made the difference? The law of God, the school Teacher gave them understanding, convicted them, and showed them their danger and their desperate need of a saviour. They agonized over their sin and entered through the narrow or small gate in a depth of repentance. They were wonderfully saved, justified in Christ, never to backslide, but to keep on producing fruit year after year 30, 60 or even a 100 times what was sown!”

Ref: Rob Rufus - "Which Gospel are You Preaching?" - “Let’s Talk” – NCMI Magazine – Issue 64.

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