1. The Parable of the Sower
How the Gospel of God’s
Kingdom Works In Us
The Parable of the Sower
(Matthew 13:3-9, Mark 4:2-8, Luke 8:4-8).
Watch the 3 minute animated video here:
The text of the message, with scriptures, follows the video.
I believe this parable must be first because Jesus says we must understand this parable or we will not understand the others (Mk 4:13).
This parable is based on the oldest truth in the Bible: “Things grow after their own kind” (Gen 1).
Jesus is the Sower of the seed (which is the word of God or his gospel of the Kingdom (Matt 13:19, 24:14). Also a ’father of the gospel’ could sow this gospel kingdom seed (I Cor 4:15).
The seed (word) he sows into us is gospel truth simply because Jesus says we must repent of all other beliefs and believe the gospel. If he means this, he can’t sow something different into us.
This is a problem for us today because, with all the different denominations and preaching, we think we have many options to choose from, and we can even create our own beliefs. This isn’t true.
We think the terms ‘testimony of Jesus’
and ‘the word of God’ means the Bible
from Genesis to Revelation. This is not true!
It is much more specific!! It’s the gospel message
God gave Jesus to bring (Deut 18:15-19),
that we are told we must believe (Acts 3:23-26).
But we must know what gospel truth is,
which the parables of Jesus, and the teachings of Paul reveal!
The parable can speak to both non-Christians about salvation, and Christians about believing the gospel truth. Naturally, we should not have rocky, shallow or busy hearts, which are three types of hearts that don’t receive gospel truth. We are meant to have good hearts toward the gospel.
But most Christians don’t live the gospel. The parable says only 25% live it, but according to Christian polls, today fewer than 10% of Christians live it. This probably means the others are all stuck in some type of other denominational thinking, or self-concocted theology.
This parable says if we will RECEIVE gospel truth, then it can settle down into us and we can RELATE it to our lives personally. After this, then we RELEASE it to others: 30, 60, 100 times over, as the parable says (Matt 13:8).
But the gospel is the process of God. All we have to do is RECEIVE it, and then God takes over and multiplies it in us. We fellowship in the gospel, and then God is able to complete his good work in us (Phil 1:5-6). God uses the power of gospel truth to produce good things from us (Col 1:5-6).
The most important thing is what we receive into us. What we receive controls us. “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he” (Prov 23:7). The fact is that our calling is to ONLY receive gospel truth into us.
What is the bottom line that Jesus is saying to us in this parable? He is saying, “Please trust me and my Father enough to know we will not mislead you. Trust that we know what the truth is, and let us plant this gospel truth into your heart. Don’t reject it. But if you listen to all the preaching that comes down the Pike, you will miss the gospel, because most preachers don’t preach the gospel. Paul says they preach what they think will ‘scratch your ears.’ Just trust us and receive the gospel, to live the abundant life of Jesus. Then, more gospel truth will be revealed to you. ‘To him who has, will more be given’.”
Remember: my purpose is not to totally discuss each parable. It is to only
show the gospel in each parable, and how it practically impacts us.
NEXT: The Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds
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