Expansion of the kingdom
In Matthew 13 the Messiah reveals the meaning of the parable of the sower. Many messages have been preached on this subject and the title as I have used it here, is not meant to in any way retard street evangelism but I hope to generate a greater passion for the people who have so dedicated their lives to this avenue of glorification of the Kingdom message. We would hope to see a far greater number of Believers making their claim and possessing territories yet to be won for our Lord.
19When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
Let’s go over this verse and try to get an understanding so that we will not be like those who this scripture is indicting. The Messiah intends for us to understand or perceive the sense of what he is saying to the audience. The Greek word is “akouo” meaning to hear; to perceive by the ear what was announced in ones presence, to comprehend and understand.
When you understand something then that gives you volition that is the power or ability to decide something by yourself and to take action to get what you want. In other words, you have now the will to make a translucent resolve with an overcoming power.
The will and overcoming power are all encased within the words that were spoken but require understanding to get its release.
But we see in “Roadside Christianity” there is no real understanding of the proposed intent. What we see in operation is,
- It sounds good to the soul – “My soul says, yes Lord”- we are going to our religious assemblies and getting caught up in the “hoopla” where we make it a point to say “amen” all the way through the sermon but in the end, there was no perception and we are left as empty as we came. Perception implies a dept, a looking into, a searching out and a going to all areas that are fathomable. When Moses sent the 12 spies into the Land of Promise to explore and to spy out the land there were 10 that returned with an evil report. The reason is that they had no understanding to grasp hold of the promise God had given to Abraham. Paul said in Romans 8:38,39, "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height, nor dept, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Paul was saying that he wouldn't let the past nor the future rob him of his today in Christ. Therefore people in whom there is no understanding of the matter of salvation are stuck in a place where they are inexorably robbed of their present experience.
- When we have no understanding of what we have been given then someone else will employ it for their use. Usually its methodology will be used against the one for whom it was intended. I believe Christians are graded on 4 levels as described in Matthew 13. I believe God would like to give his people inventions in science, industry, economics and medicine but because of the immaturity of his people those things has been delayed. The scripture says, that the earth groans for the manifestation of the son of God. God knows that if he gives the gift to you it won’t be too long before it’s in the hands of your enemy.
- We fail to put forth a challenge in situation that arise, often reclining in the fact that it is God’s will.– We do not understand that we are the mind of God upon the earth, for it is through us that the thoughts of God is manifested. It is through the media of intercession that God creates changes as the mind of man ministers the Spirit of God and by grace, God approves himself. Often when God had it in his mind to destroy Israel, it was Moses, the covenant partner of God who God used to bring forth another manifestation of the mind of God.
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