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AND THE SEED
1 And again He began to teach by the sea. And a great multitude was gathered to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole multitude was on the land facing the sea.
2 Then He taught them many things by parables, and said to them in His teaching:
3 "Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow.
4 "And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it.
5 "Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth.
6 "But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away.
7 "And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop.
8 "But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred."
9 And He said to them, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"
In an honest forthright appraisal of the
scriptures the Rev. Charles Spurgeon wrote in his autobiography: “The
system of truth revealed in the Scriptures is not simply one straight line, but
two; and no man will ever get a right view of the gospel until he knows how to
look at the two lines at once.... Two truths cannot be contradictory to each
other... and it is only my folly that leads me to imagine that these two truths
can ever contradict each other” (Charles H. Spurgeon, Autobiography Vol.
1: The Early Years. pp. 173, 174). While
the believer is not disturbed by the paradoxical nature of the scriptures, the
disciple knows that the true depth is revealed when the paradoxes can be merged
and brought together, and this can only be accomplished when the Son of God
himself becomes the teacher, the mind of the disciple is opened, and the
Mysteries of God are comprehended.
the many paradoxes that Rev. Spurgeon saw as two lines of truth, is the
seemingly opposing biblical statements that while believers are saved by faith
in Jesus Christ, others appear to be preordained to fill a greater role as
minister, prophet, and even a Disciple of Christ who Jesus spoke of as one of
his brothers. What the Gospel states is that those who are called to fill a
greater roll are judged in accordance with a higher standard than is those who
are not. As it is written: "And that servant who knew his master's will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom
much has been committed, of him they will ask the
more" (Luke 12:47-48 NKJ)
This same message is repeated by James, the brother of our Lord, when we wrote:
"Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more
strictly" (James 3:1 NIV). And in the same way the Lord again warned
us in the Gospel of John: "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.
He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more
fruitful" (John 15:1-2 NIV).
Messianic followers, each of us must come to terms with what is perhaps one of the
primary questions that confront all believers: Are all people subject to the
same set of requirements? When the Apostle states that all who call upon
the name of the Lord are saved, does that also mean that those to whom much has
been given, the same will be required regardless of what has been given?
Contrary to what many today believe, the scriptures states that each of us are
presented with a differing set of requirements by which we will be judged.
And what is that criteria? What the Bible states is that not only is each one of us given our lot in life in
accordance with a predetermined criteria, but what Yeshua taught was that
those who failed to increase what is given to them, even what they have would be
taken away and be given to those who had an abundance:
“Therefore take the
talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. For to everyone who
has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not
have, even what he has will be taken away” (Matt 25:28-29 NKJ).
One of the many paradoxes that confront the believer is
explored in these biblical verses by the Wycliffe Commentary which
writes: “Herein is the crux of the interpretation. If this reckoning is the
judgment of the believer's works, then we apparently have a true believer
suffering the loss of his soul because of the barrenness of his works. But that
interpretation would contradict John 5:24. Or, if the unprofitable servant
represents a mere professing Christian, whose real nature is thus unmasked, then
it appears that the judgment of believers' works and the damnation of sinners
occur together, although Revelation 20 separates these judgments by 1,000
What does John 5:24 say?
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who
sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from
death to life” (John 5:24 NIV).
What we must recognize is the fact that there is only a contradiction
with respect to our interpretation of the word belief.
The Bible is very clear that those people who claim an allegiance to the
Lord, and yet continue to live in the manner of unbelievers, are themselves
self-condemned -- as seen in the words: “Not everyone who says to me,
'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of
my Father who is in heaven” (Matt 7:21 NIV).
Thus, while it appears that those who are given little, less is expected
-- it is in like manner true that to those who much has been given, they must
not only bear spiritual fruit, but they are required to actually live in accordance with the Royal Law of
God, and do the Will of the Father throughout every aspect of their lives.
The problem is that these verses, as in the twentieth
chapter of the Revelation and many other places in the Bible, appear to declare
two conflicting doctrines -- i.e., some state that believers get into heaven on
the basis of their profession of faith, while other biblical passages clearly
state that the believer will be held accountable for their deeds.
With regard to the requirement of works, in the parable of the sower and
the seed Yeshua clearly warned believers that they are required to increase what
has been given to them: “…multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred
times” what was initially received (Mark 4:8 NIV).
Yet, as the Wycliffe Commentary points out, John 5:24 is one of
those all-inclusive verses which appear to generally state that all believers
will be saved -- but who is a believer?
a biblical perspective the answer to this question is greatly dependent upon
who we are -- what kind of life were we born into -- how faithful have we been
with respect to our manifestation of the Word in our lives. Thus, the
scriptures teach: :
“And to one he gave five talents, to another two,
and to another one, to each according to his own ability” (Matt 25:15 NKJ).
When we therefore pose the question as to what is required, what we often fail
to see is the fact that some are born with greater abilities and opportunities
the Apostle writes: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for
whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own
flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit
shall from the Spirit reap eternal life”
(Gal 6:7-8 NAS); what
is being conveyed to us is that each of us is accountable for what has been
given to us.
the parable of the sower dispels, is the notion of some Messianic Believers and Christians that it does
not matter how we live once we have received the Word of God. This
misconception can be compared to a man who
desires to plant a vineyard, and having procured the finest seedlings ever
developed, attempts to plant these seedlings in a desert.
Regardless of the fact that we possess the most perfect seedlings ever
known to man, when we live our lives in the manner of a spiritually barren wasteland, the vineyard that we envision can never manifest and
become a reality.
In our quest to demonstrate this fact we must ask what
the Bible states: In the parable of the sower (Mt 13:1-58; Mk
4:1-20; Lk 8:4-56), Jesus taught that the Word could only be fruitful when it
was planted in the proper environment.
The Word that fell upon the ground at the side of The Way, could not
become fruitful because Satan takes away what was sown. And if we pose the
question as to where was the seed
sown? The scriptures states “...the word that was
sown in their hearts” (Mark 4:15 KJV) -- thus we can see that Satan has
the power to alienate us from our own
true inner spiritual reality.
And who are the people who can be likened to the Word
sown on stoney ground? The
Bible says that they receive the Word with gladness -- in our own time they
would be seen as people who proclaim that Jesus is their personal Lord and savoir
-- they call themselves by his name -- and they profess to be the people
of God. But because they “have
no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction
or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended”
(Mark 4:17 KJV).
What does it mean to have no root? When Yeshua taught that the Kingdom is within us (Luke
17:20-21), and that he is the true vine, we must understand that as the branches
who are to flourish in the Word in this world, we must bear fruit: "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more
fruitful" (John 15:1-2 NIV).
The root of man is his connection to the Kingdom within
the essence of his being. If
this root is healthy, then the Spirit and Knowledge of the Kingdom will flow
from its inner Source to bring about the growth of the disciple. If the believer clings to the doctrines and traditions
of other men, then the Genuine Knowledge that can only be received from the
Kingdom is negated, and the root that carries the life-giving Spirit and Truth
is severed -- as seen in the words:
"...my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no
And who are those people who can be likened to the Word
sown among thorns? Again we
see the problem being when these people cling to the things of this world --
i.e., its culture, doctrines and materialism -- anything that draws the
consciousness of the believer away from the inner Kingdom, and fixates their
attentiveness and focus of being in the outer world -- as seen in the words: “And
the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other
things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful” (Mark 4:19
As we can readily see, the
Bible itself warns that the Word cannot be planted anywhere we choose -- i.e.,
it cannot be planted by the side of The Way, upon the stony ground, or among
thorns -- but rather, only in the environment of what Jesus calls the “good
ground”. When it is
realized that the “good ground” is symbolic of our state of mind and
body, then we must recognize that our whole conception of the teachings of The
Way as a purely faith-based revelation is seriously flawed.
Again we see the paradox! If
all that was required was to have faith and profess the name of the Lord, then
there would be no purpose in teaching the concepts found in the parable of the
sower and the seed. Moreover,
we have the frightening declaration of the Lord to all who would call themselves
his followers that: “Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know
all parables?” (Mark 4:13 KJV) -- or, in the wording of a the modern
language New Living Translation: “But if you can’t understand this story,
how will you understand all the others I am going to tell?”
Those people who preach that the Word of God is universal
to any and all environments -- or that the meaning of
the Bible is plain, and can be easily understood -- simply do not comprehend
the very first principles of what this verse of scripture proclaims to all who
would call themselves the people of God.
Moreover, the Bible itself puts us on notice that only the people who are
the good ground, are able to even begin to understand the true meaning of the
scriptures -- i.e.,
“But if you can’t understand this story, how will you
understand all the others I am going to tell?”
Contrary to what we choose to believe in our present
time, what this parable tells us is that in the same way that we cannot plant
seedlings from a fine vineyard in the desert -- among thorns -- or on rocky
ground -- neither can we plant the Word of God in any cultural or doctrinal
mindset. How do we know this?
Because Jesus said that if we try, then we will be ignoring the very
first principles of the Gospel -- and regardless of what we profess with our
lips, we will remain spiritually unfruitful.
The Word must be planted in the
in order to grow. Every
teaching and concept that Jesus spoke must be envisioned as an essential truth
that sprang forth from the biblical foundation that existed at the beginning of
our Common Era. In the same
way that a seedling cannot exist apart from the ground within which it is
planted, the Bible itself warns us that the purity of the Word cannot flourish
within any culture or manner of thinking we attempt to transplant it into.
Unless the word that is preached to you is planted and nurtured within
the “good ground” and the same biblical foundation as that which
Jesus revealed it from, then it cannot be the genuine Word of God.
concepts that are taught in this parable are of such an exalted
magnitude, that they should be seen as the very starting place for all those who
desire to know anything of any genuine import.
In order to live a life of genuine substance, the life of every child
should be molded in accordance with the concepts revealed in this parable -- a
parable that is so important to those in pursuit of all Knowledge, both secular
and religious, that Jesus warned the people: “And he said unto them, Know
ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?” (Mark 4:13
KJV). And to put this great
biblical truth in the more modern language of the New Living Translation: “But
if you can't understand this story, how will you understand all the others I am
going to tell?”
You can’t! If
you fail to understand the meaning of this parable, then you can never
comprehend a single truth of any great importance.
Moreover, I confirm this well defined biblical statement with respect to
all of man’s endeavors in his quest to know himself and his true role in the
vision of Creation. It makes
no difference if you are a man of faith, science, or philosophy, unless you
understand the meaning of this parable in relation to your own life, then you
can never know anything of a genuine value and significance.
We are a people of very limited perception who dwell in a
confusing world. Any student
of history must conclude that the most intelligent men throughout all ages have
continually been wrong in their ideas pertaining to every aspect of life.
Both the world of science and religion in our own time are as little
ships afloat on a sea of confusion. The
truly intelligent person must ask why?
Why has the mind of man dwelled in the darkness of this world for so
long? If the universe is
indeed the work of a Supreme Being, then it is reasonable to ask where the
answer to man’s great dilemma lies?
There is of course many who will say that the Gospel
message was universal, and was put forth for all mankind to read, believe, and
affirm their faith! Many
would like to believe this, but the scriptures themselves clearly reveal to us
that it is the exact opposite which is true.
When Jesus taught the people, he spoke to the multitudes by parables, and
only his disciples were instructed in a plain and straightforward manner.
What this means is that whoever listened to him teach heard stories
about life that each hearer interpreted in accordance with their own
then, what each person heard was often not a great revelation of truth -- but rather,
very much within the limitations of their own patterns of belief.
When Jesus was questioned as to why he taught in this
manner, he very clearly said: “The secret of the kingdom of God has been
given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so
that, they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never
understanding” (Mark 4:11-12 NIV).
In view of the fact that what Jesus called the “secrets of the
Kingdom of God” was not taught to the multitude of people who listened to
him speak, the question that every believer today must ask is: Why would Jesus
not speak plainly to everyone who would listened?
To begin, we must ask ourselves what a parable is? Based upon church dogma, some people today erroneously
believe that a parable makes a teaching more plain and easier to understand.
In demonstration of this misconception, in some modern Bible translations
such as that used by the Jehovah's Witnesses, the word parable is rendered illustration.
Why? Because this is
what these religious organizations want to believe -- i.e., it affirms the validity of
manner of thinking -- and it is beyond their comprehension to understand why Jesus
would reveal to one group of people a different revelation than another group of
The Bible itself declares this modern-day common
assumption with respect to the parables to be false, and clearly states that
just the opposite is true. In
explanation of the above words of Jesus, the Wycliffe Commentary writes that: “…the
initiate was instructed in the esoteric teaching of the cult, which was not
revealed to outsiders… The mystery of the kingdom in its ultimate development
is the full-orbed message of the Gospel (Rom 16:25-26). The purpose of parables
was to instruct the initiates without revealing the items of instruction to the
ones who were without. This is in keeping with the Biblical principle that
spiritual understanding is restricted to those who have become spiritual...”
In our present-day preaching of the gospel, there is no
room for the concept of an “initiate”!
Yet, we continue to alienate ourselves from a higher perception of the
Word, so long as we fail to acknowledge that Jesus was not all-inclusive, and it
was his disciples who were the initiates into what the Bible states are the
Secrets of the Kingdom of God. The
key to understanding what is actually being portrayed in the scriptures, is when
we open our eyes to what the Bible actually states, and we permit ourselves to
become cognizant of the great truth that “spiritual understanding is
restricted to those who have become spiritual”. What does this rather astute observation in the
Wycliffe Commentary mean to us today?
In Jesus’ own words what he plainly said was a truth that has its
parallels in every aspect of our lives: The Sacred Knowledge of the Kingdom did
not belong to everyone -- but rather, it belonged only to those who were found
worthy to hear the higher revelations of truth.
The problem that inhibits our ability to fully understand this
well-defined biblical Truth, is seen in the continual assertion that the
worthiness of each person to hear these mysteries taught only to the initiates,
was predetermined prior to their even being born -- which is a revelation that
is simply beyond our doctrinal comprehension in our present time.
The idea that only a small group of people would be
taught the Mysteries of God -- and that they were chosen to hear these Mysteries
at a time before they were even born -- is so troubling to the people of the
simple faith, that the majority of modern-day Christians simply choose to ignore
this paramount biblical doctrine. They
therefore not only close their eyes and hearts to the message of the Bible they
claim to champion, but they sever themselves from the revelation of the
indwelling Word they continually petition with their lips to bestow upon them.
Very clearly, the concept simply makes no reasonable
sense to their manner of thinking. In
our desire to see Jesus as the savior of all people, we are unable to accept
what the Bible openly proclaims -- i.e., that Jesus came to call the few, and
the calling of these few was predetermined before they were even born into that
life. In view of what the
Bible actually states, our present-day belief that Jesus preached an
all-inclusive doctrine is from a biblical perspective, a defective and flawed
doctrine. Moreover, those who
read the Bible and continue to tell people otherwise, are simply lying to the
flock of believers in order further the cause of traditional church doctrines,
and ultimately maintain control over the congregations.
What each person must decide is in fact that same exact
question that was set before the Sadducees and Pharisees when Jesus physically
walked this earth -- i.e., whether you desire truth or tradition!
How important is this knowledge of predestination to our own personal
salvation? It is impossible
for us to walk in The Way, and not understand why only a chosen few were taught
the Mysteries of God, while the majority of listeners were given what the
Apostle Paul calls the milk of the gospel. It is impossible for us to be born again, and to be
genuine followers of the Son of God, unless we understand and embrace this great
spiritual fact. In
recognition of this indisputable biblical revelation, if we are to become
serious followers of the Christ, we must first come to the realization that what
we presently possess in the form of the modern Gospel message, is nothing more
than what was given to the multitudes of the people at the time that Jesus
preached the Word of God.
In even a very casual reading of the Bible we can readily
observe the existence of numerous instances where the Mysteries and Secrets of
God are made reference to, but not one place where even a hint is given
regarding the nature of these Mysteries that are not in any manner revealed to
the reader of the scriptures. Thus,
we are clearly warned that those Sacred Truths which the Apostle refers to as
the “meat”, or “solid food”
of the Gospel message, is
missing -- but in religious practice and the structure of our modern churches,
there exists a great void in the message we preach -- a message that all but
ignores the most important element of what Jesus taught.
Is this message important to us?
Once it is recognized that what the New Testament clearly proclaims is
that believers today haven't got the slightest clue as to the nature of what
Jesus said was the very life-giving teachings of the Word -- which teachings
were concealed in the Mysteries that Jesus taught did not belong to the common
hearer and believer of the Gospel message, and were reserved only for his
faithful disciples in private. Once
this well defined biblical reality is acknowledged, it can then be said that the
modern believer can rightfully be compared to an elementary school student who
has quit school, and yet dwells under the delusion that they are educated.
The problem is seen in the fact that in the process of
reinterpreting the gospel in a very carnal and Pagan manner of thinking, the
fourth-century Church of Rome severed the believer from advancing beyond the
elementary level of spiritual education.
In fact, they killed anyone who even mentioned the Spiritual Gospel of
Christ that the Apostle Paul wrote can only be perceived by men who have
overcome their carnal nature, and have themselves become spiritual.
In order to explain away the many biblical references to the Mysteries of
God that the political priests of the fourth-century Roman Church could not
comprehend, they created dogma and doctrines that were based upon purely human
perceptions of the Word. Literally,
they re-invented God, Jesus, and the gospel message, in order to make it
compatible to the Pagan mindset and understanding.
In doing this, they threw away the Keys of Knowledge that opens the door
to the inner Kingdom that exists within the mind of man, and set the church on a
course that severed all Christians for the ages to follow from the very essence
of the Word itself. They did
this for the exact same reasons as did the Sadducees and Pharisees before them
-- i.e., in order to insert themselves between the believer and God, in order to
maintain political control of the masses of people.
The present-day Christian world is evidence that
believers could forever argue over what belief is true, or more true, but we
would gain very little from this exercise in futility.
Once it is realized that what we are arguing over is what the Apostle
calls the “milk”
of the gospel, which equates to an elementary level
of Christian understanding, the sincere believer must recognize the need to
advance into the higher levels of instruction in the Word.
From the perception of our present-day understanding,
what should be truly disturbing to the reader is the assertion that the few who
were taught the Mysteries were chosen for this exalted position prior to even
being born. Moreover, in this
assertion there is still another paradox that cannot be answered by the modern
believer: If Jesus could teach the Mysteries to a chosen few -- and they could
be comprehended by these few -- why couldn’t these Mysteries then be taught to
The very recognition of this fact should invoke question
in the minds of the reader -- and this question should bring about still another
realization as to who would be deemed worthy to hear the Spiritual Gospel of
Christ -- which Gospel Jesus called the Mysteries of God.
Contrary to the Good News that we preach in our churches today, in the
very manner in which he taught, we must recognize that Jesus did not treat all
people equal. This is of the
utmost importance because if we ourselves are to embrace a higher understanding
of the Word, it is absolutely imperative that we understand why he was not
all-inclusive as we are today, and did not teach all people as equals.
What the Bible very clearly states is that only his disciples were
initiated into what Jesus called the “secrets of the kingdom”, while
the multitudes of people that he spoke to were taught in parables.
Why? Contrary to what
is preached in our churches today, the Bible itself states that Jesus the reason
he taught in this manner was to conceal the true meaning of what was being
revealed to a very select few. To
begin to comprehend this very clearly proclaimed biblical fact, is to start the
process of opening one’s mind to the higher revelation of the Gospel message.
Sincere Christians today are very much as the multitudes
of listeners who were present when Jesus physically spoke the words that are
recorded in our Bibles. Like
the modern Christian, the people who listened to Jesus speak very much believed
they were hearing the revelation of the Word -- but what they were actually
hearing was a teaching that was appropriate for the level of their own
individual understanding. In
comprehending this fact, it is equally important to recognize that what the
Bible very clearly affirms is that for their own spiritual well being, Jesus
permitted them to believe this great misconception -- and unbeknown to the
multitude of believers, this continues to remain true in our present day.
Fundamentally, what we assert today is that what the
Bible actually states is not fair! We
demand a universal and all-inclusive redeemer who will save all people who come
to him through the preaching of the word and the church. But is the Good News and the church today the same as
that which was envisioned by the original disciples of Christ? We would like to believe it is -- but everything we
have learned has demonstrated the great flaw that exists in what we
traditionally believe with respect to genuine Christian foundings.
To our own demise we therefore reject the very core
teaching of Jesus that is contained throughout the scriptures. Moreover, in the reinterpretation of the gospel, what
the modern Christian believes today is that Jesus has changed his ways -- and,
in a manner of speaking, they believe that he has repented, and seen the error
of his ways. Because we have
recreated Jesus in the image of an all-inclusive redeemer, we reject the reality
of the Bible, and embrace the doctrine that he no longer treats people today in
the same manner that he treated his hearers at the time he appeared on earth.
What is portrayed in the New Testament scriptures is not
a system of belief -- but rather, one that describes the absolute need to evolve
through the next stage of birth. There
are only two choices -- i.e., “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is
the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through
it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few
find it” (Matt 7:13-14 NIV). Having
lost the Key of Knowledge, Christians no longer possess the means to open the “narrow
gate”, and thus the road that leads to Life has been closed to them.
More than at any time in the past we now know that in the original Gospel
that Jesus taught prior to its corruption by Rome, unless we walk in The Way,
all other roads leads to destruction.
When Jesus taught the people the parable of the sower and
the seed (Mt 13:1-23; Mk 4:1-34; Lk 8:4-15), what he conveyed was that only when
man embraces the Word in purity and truth, and manifests the Gospel in their
life in word, thought and deed, can they expect to reap the rewards of the Good
News that Jesus revealed. It
is not a matter of faith and belief -- but rather, one of our experiencing the
next stages of birth. This
means that a Jew who embraced the tenets of the Sadducees and Pharisees who
preached dead works; or a Gentile who had the mindset of the Nations and
embraced a religion of redemption; or a Samaritan whose walk with the Lord was
stagnated because they did not possess a pure understanding of the Word of God;
or a person who is as the majority of people, and live a sense bound life; or
any one else that did not themselves totally surrender to the essence of Gospel
thought, could not walk in The Way. They
could believe -- and their belief brought them grace so long as they at least
tried to live in accordance with the written word -- but, as the Apostle himself
warned, their belief or faith alone could not bring about perfection or
From the perspective of the Word: A child who attends
school in the faith and belief that they will be educated -- without paying
attention and actually doing the work -- with little personal interaction and
involvement in the learning experience, will benefit little from the school
environment. Even though they
are in attendance, and went through the physical motions of attending class and
making an appearance, the necessary change and development of mind cannot
transpire until the child begins to seriously apply themselves to what is being
With respect to the parable of the sower and the seed,
perhaps even more important to the modern Christian is the warning of Jesus
regarding the scriptures: “Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye
know all parables?” (Mark 4:13-14 KJV).
What this means is that, unless we read the scriptures through the
mindset of the purity of the Word -- unless we are ourselves the good ground
that permits the seed to mature and grow -- we will not be able to comprehend
the true meaning of the scriptures. These
words are a warning to Atheists, casual believers, and even those who attempt to
take a scholarly or intellectual approach to the Bible -- i.e., that without a
total change of mind, there is no way that they will ever understand the true
meaning of what is written. Moreover, to the people of the simple faith these words
are a caution that they will never perceive anything greater than the surface
understanding -- i.e., the milk of the gospel -- until they release themselves
from the shackles of manmade doctrines.
What Jesus warns us in the words:
“Know ye not this
parable? and how then will ye know all parables?” -- is that unless we are
willing to come to terms with the message of this parable, and become the good
ground within which the Word is implanted, we are wasting our time when we
attempt to understand the true meaning of the rest of the scriptures.
Therefore, from a biblical perspective, we cannot believe in any manner
that we choose -- we cannot live in any manner that we choose -- and we cannot
pursue either life or the Kingdom in any manner that we choose -- and still be
able to comprehend the true meaning of the Bible.
These words represent a Gnostic manifesto as seen in the declaration that
there is only One interpretation of the text of the scriptures which are written
so as to conceal the Mysteries of God from the people who walk the broad-way of
life, and that One interpretation can only be taught by the Anointing (Christ)
of the Light. The problem is
that the Light can only reveal the Truth to those who are willing to live their
lives in the Truth.
For the most part, the modern Christian Church -- a
Church that, by its very institutionalized nature, cannot come to terms with
what we now know about the true foundings of the religion that Jesus taught, has
a number of serious obstacles to overcome.
The problem is that the Gospel was born in a spiritual bedrock that is
totally alien to the manner in which we think and view God and Creation today.
The New Testament mandate that each one of us would have to change both
our way of thinking, and manner in which we live, is a message that most modern
Christians reject. Why? They
simply do not believe what the Bible warns, regardless of the fact that this
warning is one of the paramount teachings of the Bible.
They see the words -- they perceive what it says -- and then they say: It
can't be talking about me! It
must therefore be making reference to someone else.
Fundamentally, the greater number of people who call
themselves Christian embrace a feel-good philosophical Christ, and demand that
God lowers His standards. They
do not desire to live in accordance with the Commandments of God -- they view
such a concept as an unnecessary restraint upon their lives.
Because their religion is philosophical, they have adopted the doctrine
that they are exempt from the requirement of works. In order to alleviate the scriptural mandate for
absolute change, they desire God to be all-inclusive, and accept them as they
are on the basis that they believe and have faith in Jesus. What they fail to realize is that this redemptive
doctrine is native to Mithraism, which was the universal religion of Pagan Rome
in the third and fourth centuries, and has little in common with the original
Gospel of the New Covenant!