Skip to comments.December 13 - Parable of the Sower: Receptive Hearers
Posted on 12/13/2019 9:40:44 PM PST by metmom
And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty (Matthew 13:23).
The ultimate barrier to salvation is unbelief, and anyone willing to receive the gospel on Christs terms proves he or she is good soil. God honors the humble faith of receptive hearers and opens their spiritual ears, minds, and hearts, allowing them to understand the gospel.
The example of the receptive hearers ought to encourage everyone who has ever witnessed in Christs name. Despite the nature and prevalence of the other hearers, there are always some whose hearts have good soil in which the gospel can take root and flourishpeople prepared by the Spirit to receive the truth.
Spiritual fruit is the inevitable by-product of spiritual life. Receptive hearers will demonstrate fruitfulness in both attitudelove, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Gal. 5:2223)and behavior, which Paul calls the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:11; cf. Col. 1:6). We are not saved by bearing fruit or doing good works, but we are saved to become fruitbearers (Eph. 2:10).
Jesus not only assures us here that believers will bear fruit, but that we will bear it abundantly: some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. These figures represent an extraordinarily abundant yield for the regions Jesus ministered in. They do not guarantee that we all will produce that much; but they do show the productive results of sowing the Word and emphasize that true believers will indeed produce fruit. Thats the point of Jesus parable.
Besides the obvious blessings and service opportunities created by fruitbearing, what other benefits pour into the lives of those who hear the Word and take it to heart?
Studying Gods Word ping
“proves he or she is good soil.”
Is this another example of Predestination?
John’s lordship salvation perspective taints all his teaching now.
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