THE GOSPEL: How It Works In Us (Part 1)
Good Seeds Produce Good Roots
and Result In Good Fruit
The only ‘good seed’ the New Testament speaks of
is planting good, gospel truth into our minds and hearts.
A Gospel Life Message from The Gospel Life Coach
Jesus says this is ‘required knowledge.’
It is something we must understand (Mark 4:13).
It tells us how the gospel works in us.
Both Jesus and Paul spent their entire ministries preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God. They say the gospel is what gives us all of God’s good Kingdom things, and that it is the power of God in us.
Jesus says that no good root produces bad fruit (Matt 7:18, 12:35). Also remember that roots are produced by seed.
UNDERSTANDING THE SEED AND THE FRUIT
So many pastors, preachers and counselors are mainly concerned with the good fruit we produce, also called good works and good performance. But I have learned something as a Bible counselor with NCCA (National Christian Counselors Association). What I’ve learned is that the fruit is not as important as is the seed that is planted.
This is because fruit is produced automatically from the seed. If you plant wheat seeds, you raise wheat. If you plant weed seeds, you raise weeds. This is what The Parable of the Sower is all about: Jesus, and what Paul calls ‘fathers of the gospel’ planting good seed into people with good receptive hearts. Jesus says this is the most important parable to understand (Mark 4:13). He says if we don’t understand this, we won’t understand much else.
I like to say God is smart: he knows if he plants apples seeds in us, he won’t raise squash. If ‘seed’ doesn’t communicate with you as far as being human goes, then substitute the word ‘sperm.’ We all know what sperm does, and how it creates after itself.
Paul later tells us that it is the GOSPEL that produces good fruit from us (Col 1:5-6). Now, this should tell us that the GOSPEL is the good seed that God plants into us. Thus Jesus says we must believe it, which means live it (Mark 1:15). Thus Paul says it is the power of God (Rom 1:16).
RECEIVING FROM GOD
No wonder Jesus says his way is easy! You see, our job is just to RECEIVE from God. Our loving Abba Father God gives us ALL of the good things of his Kingdom. Paul says if we will just RECEIVE good things from God’s gospel, then he will automatically produce good things from us. This really isn’t a lot of work, now is it?
The gospel seed we receive into our hearts merely sets God’s gospel process into motion. Thus Jesus almost nonchalantly says, “As you have freely received, so freely give.” Thus Paul says to only preach the New Testament, meaning the gospel (II Cor 3:6). We should read the Old Testament, but in reading it we need to read it with a New Testament gospel understanding or it puts a veil over our heart (II Cor 3:15-17).
You see, the Old Testament law demanded what it could not produce. The New Testament gospel produces in us what it does not demand. This is why we need to receive it: it is the power of God in us. The gospel empowers us to live life better by accident than we ever could on purpose.
GOSPEL SEED VS. NON-GOSPEL SEED
According to Paul, there are only two types of spiritual seed: gospel seed and NON-gospel seed. And he indicates there are many, many more preachers trying to plant NON-gospel facts into us than there are those planting gospel truth into us.
Anything that is NON-gospel should be sprayed, cursed and weeded out (Gal 1:8-9). And to give you an indication of the problem, Paul compares what he calls “10,000 INSTRUCTORS in Christ,” with very few “FATHERS of the gospel” (I Cor 4:15). Paul may have been exaggerating in his day, but in our day with more different denominations and churches than we can even count, it is no exaggeration.
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I Corinthians 4:15 also says that the gospel
is what ‘begets us in Christ.’
It is how we are ‘birthed’ into Jesus and become one with him.
No wonder he says we must believe and live it (Mark 1:15).
Instructors in Christ don’t focus on gospel seed, but instead on the fruit: on hopefully good fruit that can be observed and seen and weighed. Fathers of the gospel focus on good seed that comes into us, knowing that it will produce good fruit. To repeat, it is the GOSPEL that produces good fruit from us (Col 1:5-6). “What you freely receive is what you freely give.”
When we receive good seed into us daily, like the ancient Hebrews did God’s manna, then things go better in our lives. We experience a lot more prosperity and health (III John 2). This is because we have gospel truth in us, and live in that truth (III John 3).
If we live eating bad non-gospel seed, then we don’t experience prosperity and health. Instead, we seem to need more loans and more healing and more pills.
BELIEF VS. BEHAVIOR
Non-gospel preachers focus on behavior: good fruit they can see. If they don’t see good fruit, they condemn us and make us feel guilty. Paul says there is now no condemnation in Christ (Rom 8:1).
Learn a secret here! Good gospel seed produces good fruit from us. Good behavior will never produce correct belief, but correct belief will eventually produce good behavior.