The Keys to Understanding:

And He said to them, Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? Mk4:13

 

The Parable of the Sower is the bases of all gospel preaching. Without full comprehension of it, all preaching is in vain. (to no purpose, without effect) James 1:21 Says this:
Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

 

The 'engrafted Word' emphytos, is at the very core of man's consciousness, the Light that is in every man who comes into the world, John1:9,  the Word used only here in the NT is defined as: 'inborn, implanted by nature', a derivative of the Greek word Phyo, meaning to 'spring forth, spring up, begat', used in Luke's version of the Sower Luke8:6, 8

Either the Seed (Word of God) Sprang up and Produce an increase, or 'Sprang up and was Choked out by the cares of and the world, deceitfulness of sin. The Word Sown into the heart of man must 'spring forth' from good ground (well prepared) in order to Produce an increase unto eternal life. Otherwise as the Parable says it will be Choked out among thorns (sin and deceit within) or never take Root because the cares, riches and pleasures of life prevent it from bringing forth Fruit to maturity. Luke8:11-15

 

Now does this mean that the Seed 'embryo' of the Word of God is already within man at birth, by Nature, (Physis, Physics) or is this illustration of the Seed Planted and then taking Root as John explained: 12:24-25
 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

 

Either way we look at it the Core Truth remains, unless the Word (seed) takes Root in the human heart and Produces an increase, no Redemption will take place. Its the Word that effectively 'worketh', energeia, in those who have believed, taken root, and are producing an increase. The Synergy of you doing your part, Him doing His, Phil2:11-12

 For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe. 1Thes2:13

 

The 'receiving is hearing the Word of God and DOING it! James1:22, 'Be Ye Doers of the Word, not hearers only, deceiving yourselves', (deceiving in such as manner as: False reasoning, beguiling, delude, perfect illustration of such preaching as makes void any human effort required to be saved, Col2:4 'Beguile you with enticing words') Apart from man Preparing himself to receive the Word (Seed) on Good Ground, Grace cannot take effect; Titus2:11 'Teachings us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts and live soberly righteously in this present age', like the words of men, it is received in Vain, 2Cor6:1. Herein is the lacking in the establishment Church System, in every Statement of faith is a section that States man is 'Wholly incapable of preparing himself to turn from sin to God', so with a single stroke of the pen they make the Word of God (seed sown) of No effect, because it CANNOT take Root in a heart unprepared to receive it. (the preparations of the heart belong to man, Prov16:1)

 

This is why He is illustrating how the Word works, to reveal the importance of understanding that the human heart (the ground) has to be 'broken up, watered, turned over and fertilized' before the Seed can produce an increase. On 'Hard ground, uncultivated, neglected, beguiled by the deceitfulness of sin and false teachers, it may be partly understood and received with Joy, Christ says, even 'believed for a while, Mat13:20-21, sprang up and withered,  Lk8:13, Mat13:6, in time of temptation and persecution. So, like the unfruitful branch, John15:6, it is cut off gathered up and burned. On the Thorny ground, representing those wrapped up in the Worldliness, lust of eye, flesh, pride of life, it is inevitably Choked out (suffocated) and can bring forth no Fruit to maturity. (received in vain) Sin (neglect, selfishness) makes the Ground Hard and difficult to cultivate, thus requiring a 'Season of godly sorrow and repentance' 2Cor7:10-11 to make it receptive; meek, broken up, cleansed, because the Seed 'incorruptible Word of God', cannot take Root in a defiled heart. 1Pet1:22, 2Tim2:21

 

On the Way side lays the 'devil who snatches away the Seed (Word) lest they understand it and possibly takes Root. These are the Fowls of the air, Mat13:4, the Ministers of dark light, who lodge in the Branches of the Great tree of Religion (mustard seed grown up Mat13:31-32) likened unto Nebuchadnezzar's tree, Dan4, that grows to maturity and feeds all flesh. This is professed Christianity's Tree of Mystery Babylon, the Woman on the Scarlet Beast, uniting the false teachings of the world religious / political / social merchandizing the souls of men under Strong delusions, 2The2:9-10, who have fallen prey to the lying signs and wonders, take pleasure in their unrighteousness and will not receive a LOVE for the Truth! Snatched away, Choked out, Withered: the present day Professed System: 'Wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked! They cannot bring forth fruit with Patience, a Virtue of Christian growth, 2Pet1:5, essential in adding to your faith, because 'faith alone' has beguiled them. So in that Tribulation wortheth Patience, Rom5:3, and blessed is the man that endures temptation, Js1:12, they are lacking and so are 'scorched in the sun as

they succumb to the lusts of this world, looking for a quick escape (Rapture) while they delight in their folly and mysticism. But those who have received the Word on Good ground and produced an increase, understand that tribulations and trails are their lot and know also it is by their Obedience to the Truth, 1Pet1:22, they are Kept as His Wheat among the Tares, in the field (world) as the 'Good Seed, Children of God, until the final gathering (end of age) in which the Righteous will shine forth as the Sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Matt13:37-43.

 

Why does receiving with meekness the implanted word in good soil empower one (by grace) to keep and do the word of God which can save their soul? Because, from the beginning of one's venture in diligently seeking God they have obeyed the truth in preparing the soil of the heart by putting away once-and-for-all filthiness in the baptism of repentance with toil, vengeance, and zeal not to be regretted. A stony, thorny, rebellious heart will never permit the implanted word to take root or bring forth any lasting fruit, for the self-seeking soul has not yet been purged and will increasingly reject the Spirit of truth, through systematic theology, thus quenching the Spirit by suppressing the engrafted word making sure it never germinates therein. Herein they quarantine and isolate the Spirit of truth holding it in unrighteousness (excuses and lies) always referring to their clever Pundits who handle the word of God deceitfully making it of no effect by inventing theologies that contradict reason.

 

The truly awakened can see this clearly that down through the ages the so-called Great theologians have Systematically attempted to rationalize Christ's words and teach that darkness can co-exist with Light, resulting in the theory that Sinning 'Christians are in harmony with God, because He made them this way (sinful) for His glory. This is what Jesus said would happen when 'men slept' Matt13:19, that the wicked one would come in a Sow Tares among the Wheat and corrupt the field. The Tare, translated from Darnel, is a Grain with the similarity of Wheat much in every way, but the seeds within are Black and poisonous, a perfect illustration of the 'divers seeds' spoken of in Deut22:9, that if sown in the Vineyard defile the crop. Such is the sordid condition of the present day Professed Church System that supposedly represents Christianity to the world, yet is defiled to the core, BUT are in total darkness to the reality of their situation blinded in the Shade of the Great Tree by the sweet talking teachers / pundits / theologians who dwell in dark-light unknowing as the soothsayers, magicians and charlatans of this age. Your jovial, friendly and fun loving pastors are among these 'Tare sowers dispensing the formulas of faith alone, magical transfers and Substitution that saves the sinner in their sins and captivates their souls in great darkness. Matt6:23

John Said: '
This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not the truth. 1Jh1:5-6 ANYONE who resides in darkness (sin daily, sin-confess cycle of failure) is an imposter with no Truth in them and will Never understand the most basic Truth of all, that the Seed Must be Sown on Good Ground, fully prepared (in repentance and godly sorrow) to receive it BEFORE it can take Root and produce an increase. In the collective mind of professed Christian preachers and teachers I've seen and heard out there today (with the exception of a very few) man cannot prepare his heart and make it good ground ready to receive the Word, nor can he produce the deeds Worthy of repentance as his first good work pleasing unto God. He cannot be a good Samaritan or come to himself in the Pig Pen rise up and go to the father. He has to be made willing (in some manner) due to his inbred unwillingness or fallen nature as they call it and anyone who says they have come to Christ in such manner as amending their ways, clearing themselves of wrong doing, vindicating their past life of sin in laying aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness is called a Liar who knows not the truth.  

 

HOW then can they Preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, sow the Seed in a manner in which it can be most effective? They Cannot because of their Flawed understanding of the Nature of man. They can Sow Tares, that look like Wheat, but are black inside and they can bestow great comfort to the masses in their Teachings. But they can never 'receive the engrafted word that is able to save their soul' because they won't allow it to 'Spring forth within and Produce the necessary increase of Righteousness, Self-Control and Purity of heart. The Seed fallen into the ground remains alone, un-geminated in the death of self-life, lust and worldliness, awaiting the final harvest in which the Tares will be gathered up, bound and cast into the furnace to be burned. As a result the vast majority of Professed Christian preachers do not understand the difference between Conviction and Conversion, the true Nature of man and Producing deeds worthy of repentance. They do not even know what these DEEDS are or WHY they are Necessary in receiving the engrafted Word! Sadly they will get furiously angry at you for declaring man can be Released form the bondage of Sin in conversion, yet they will at the same time claim they are NOT preaching for sin. It is a conundrum that defies logic, but in the world of dark-light I guess it makes sense to them. Is there a Way of escape from this mess, yes, but unfortunately its the Way few will travel because it requires effort, diligence and endurance they will not Produce.

 

Understanding the Parable of the Leaven

 

Another parable He spoke to them: The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened. Matt13:33

 

Those who preach the Gospel from the flawed Premise of man inbred with a fallen Nature lack the Key to understanding the most basic principles of Jesus' teachings. If the 'leaven of sin (or sinfulness) is already present in man at birth how can the engrafted Word ever take Root and produce an increase on 'ground not prepared to receive it? It is in the 'good and honest' heart, Lk8:15, where the Word takes root, empty of guile and deceit, (leaven of selfishness, pride, ambition) if man is a 'lump of leaven by nature how can he become a new lump by merely 'receiving Jesus and trusting in the blood?

 

The general consensus of reformed theology is that man is born into the world corrupt and by believing in/receiving Jesus he can become less corrupt over time by a process of gradual sanctification. (or sinning less and obeying more with the common use of 1Jh1:9, continual confession as sin occurs) Since they have the Nature of man in reverse its a forgone conclusion they will also have these Principle Parables in reverse. The 'three measures' (in their mind) are the manner in which the Gospel will expand and eventually 'leaven the entire world with Grace and Truth. The Mustard Seed also, will grow-up and its branches reach out to all and the Knowledge of Christ will fill the earth. The Reformers imagined that a Great awakening was taking place in their time-frame that would eventually bring in a New age of enlightenment. So the leaven and the branches of the mustard tree were seen as a good thing spreading throughout the world for the betterment of mankind. Unfortunately they had it in reverse and failed to see that their age of enlightenment was really Mystery Babylon coming to fruition, the 'Woman (on the Scarlet Beast, Rev18) who hid the three measures, is NOT the woman they perceived of Rev12, from whom springs genuine converts out of sincerity, purity and love, BUT from of the woman on the scarlet beast out of which came pride, hypocrisy, deception. This is what happened to the Church, in which the three measures were hid, it has grown into a Massive System of error that has rendered the true Gospel of Jesus Christ null and void, with the fowls of the air lodged in its branches, illustrating the apostasy Jesus foresaw would take place in the hearts of men puffed up false knowledge and arrogance. The inverse of the 'Spiritual Kingdom (good woman, Rev12) from which the children of Satan are sired (Tares, goats) and grow up along side the Children of God spreading their lies and deceit.

 

The reason establishment Christianity has missed this is they fail to understand how deception works. Scripture says they 'creep in unawares, Jude3-4, and 'secretly bring in their destructive heresies that beguile unstable souls, 2Pet2:1-3. The Key is that the woman spoken of here 'took and hid' the leaven, blending it slowly over time into the mix until it 'leavened the Whole lump! Since the days of Augustine, the father of all false doctrines, the institutionalized Church has been infected with this poison, through smooth and flattering speech, great swelling words of emptiness and contradictions that are falsely called knowledge. Until the average professed sitting under it barely notices the dark-light surrounding them. So the downward spiral continues and the poor, blind and naked churches rejoice in their iniquity, warring against the Saints of God who keep the Commandments of God and have the true testimony of Jesus Christ. The leaven in this parable represents the gradual growth of pride, sin and hypocrisy corrupting the Church System. The Hebrews spent the entire week before Passover sweeping out any leaven found within their houses.  Its was a signature of sweeping away all forms of pride and hypocrisy, (unleavened). The cakes made of unleavened bread did not rise; Once again, a signature of pride not rising within Israel.  Therefore these parables of our Lord are showing us that an institutionalized Church would arise, united with the systems of men and grow up into a colossus Beast that would spread its demonic influence to the entire world. His Church the true 'ekklesia, called out ones, would stand aloof of this beast system, small in number but faithful to the end.

 

Sadly the Reformers saw the woman and the mustard seed branches as a positive influence on the Church instead of a creeping evil as was occurring. Much the same as Paul's allegory of the bond woman and the freewoman in Gal4:30. One from Sahara representing the Righteous the other those remaining in bondage to sin, saved under a pretense of righteousness. Such is the condition of the Church System, in bondage to doctrines and interpretations that reverse the meaning of Scripture. So to them the parables say the Opposite of the Truth and the Seed is scattered abroad to no avail. Paul warned form the start that any hint of leaven must be PURGED from among you lest it leaven the whole lump, 1Cor5:6-7, the leaven of malice and wickedness must not be allowed to remain. The measures of sincerity, purity and love maintain the unity of the body and the perfecting of the Saints. That's why the Ekklesia has always been separate from the institutionalized Church, from Pelagius to now, the True Saints of God are pursued, persecuted and despised by the false religious system made up of leaven, tares, goats and deceitful workers, 2Cor11:13-15. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 1Cor5:8  

 

Sincerity and Purity are the opposite of guile and deceit, just as the Tare is opposite the Wheat, the Sheep to the goat, the wicked to the righteous. By the logic of common sense darkness and light cannot coexist, one cancels out the other like day and night. The true Church cannot be a 'little leavened because leaven by nature (physical properties) corrupts the entire lump, Paul said 'have no fellow ship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them' Eph5:11, how long would a true Saint of God remain in a present day Church when they begin 'exposing the filth and corruption therein and calling pastors to account for ignoring the obvious. They would suffer the same fate as any true followers of Jesus Christ in the past who opposed the Beast System, exclusion and even death. Why do you think in each of His Kingdom Parables Christ is showing us that this corruption happens by Stealth? 'While men slept' He says, the 'Enemy came in and sowed Tares among the Wheat!' The Woman 'took and hid' the three measures and worked it slowly into the mix. The birds came in lodged in the branches of the Mustard tree as it slowly grew to maturity. Even the devil himself who snatches away the Seed Sown does so through guile and deceit. Remember the Beast, who has the appearance of a lamb but speaks the language of the Dragon, arises from the earth and deceives his followers into freely taking the Mark, no one is forced to take it. They identify with the System by assimilating the 'character of their father .
You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. John8:44 

 

Why did the True Servants of the Master immediately recognize the presence of Tares, (Matt13:33) by the simple fact that a Lie is not the Truth and darkness cannot coexist with light! 'You are of your father the devil and the desires of your father you want to do!' The Church mantra is: 'If I say I have no sin, I lie and know not the Truth', BUT Scripture says the opposite. They have everything backward!

 

If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and know not the truth. 1Jh1:6

 

He who says, I know Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him 1Jh2:4

 

The Word (Seed) cannot take Root in a Corrupted heart, (thorny, rocky, hard) if man is corrupted or fallen by nature to begin with, any germination that may take place will be Choked out before it can take root and produce an increase unto eternal life. And this is why the Whole Lump (institutionalized Church) is a mass of perdition tainted by error and has become a culture of immorality in a sea of filth. (But wholly blind to their perilous condition)

Hebrews 12:28-29 Says: 'Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire. There is only ONE fire, and the whole world has been on fire ever since Christ appeared on the scene. The fire has a two-fold purpose: It consumes the wicked, and it PURIFIES the Righteous by burning away all the dross in such manner that His people shall shine like Silver and be purified as Gold. (Zech13:9) There is nothing known to man that can be Purified and tried to the extreme limits of Gold and no substance on earth that reflects light to the limits of Silver. Thus you have His people Walking in this Purity and Reflecting the Light of the TRUE Gospel in a darkened world of lies and deceptions.

 

By Mike