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October 21, 2020, 11:10 AM

The Parable of the Soils

Matthew 13:1-23

The parable of the sower explains how people respond to the Gospel.  The sower is the one who shares the Gospel.  Herein we should reflect on a lesson that believers neglect which is to share the Gospel. We excuse our disobedience to the command of Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20), but Jesus doesn't accept our excuses.  Before we get to the soils, we should pause and ask if we are sowing the seeds of the Gospel in our communities.  Here we have God's method for saving souls.  Jesus died.  We go. People hear, and some believe.

The reception of the Gospel depends on the condition of the soil.  The blame for rejecting the Gospel is not placed on the one who shares.  This doesn't  mean we shouldn't do our best, but the sowing of the Gospel is the call of the believer.  The reception of the Gospel is the duty of those who hear it.  In this parable, Jesus provides us four types of hearers of the Gospel.  The first one hears but doesn't understand it (18).  The second one is moved by the Gospel but after some afflictions, he falls away (He was not saved).  The third one hears but his focus is on the things of this world, he yields not fruit.  The last one hears and produces fruit.  Are you producing fruit?  If you are not sure, read Galatians 5:22-23.  Have your    received the Gospel?