This is primarily for a young adult who is a professing Christian, whom
I know is tasting the pleasant fruits of the world for the first time.
Another heading to this teaching could also have been "Without Understanding?"
Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable. And
Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?
For those who regularly go to church:
And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying,
Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds
fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell
upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung
up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they
were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some
fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other
fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some
sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples
came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the
field. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth
the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed
are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the
wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest
is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the
tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of
this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall
gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and
gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the
kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables,
he departed thence. And when he was come into his own country, he taught
them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said,
Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?
Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his
brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are
they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?
And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A
prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own
house. And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,
Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash
not their hands when they eat bread. But he answered and said unto them,
Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God
by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother:
and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say,
Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is
a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; And honour not his
father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment
of God of none effect by your tradition. Ye hypocrites, well did
Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This
people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their
lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching
for doctrines the commandments of men. And he
called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and
understand: Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that
which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man. Then came his
disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended,
after they heard this saying? But he answered and said,
Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted
up. Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind
lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. Then answered Peter
and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable. And Jesus said, Are
ye also yet without understanding? Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever
entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the
draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from
the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts,
murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen
hands defileth not a man.
Jesus is talking here of the Jews, to the Jews, because He came for the
house of Israel (Matt 15:22-28), those who knew of the God of Abraham.
He is also now talking to those who go to church, to those who listen but
do not obey. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit is seeking
those who willingly become His servants so that He can bless them with
His Supernatural Presence, live in them, reward them spiritually and temporally,
and give them heavenly passports to His Kingdom.
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your
life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body,
what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than
raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they
reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are
ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one
cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the
lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed
like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field,
which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not
much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought,
saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall
we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your
heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek
ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things
shall be added unto you.
To change from living in our own miserly power. . . to the Almighty Power
of God the Holy Spirit.
To experience the glorius, joyful, life changing Spiritual awakening.
To be born again.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God
unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also
to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith
to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
We must live by faith - everyday; become God oriented not world
oriented: become aware of the work of the Creator all around us all of
the time, from the ants to the stars, thanking Him for creating us in His
image, submitting to Him and worshiping Him.
So, the worldly people are "going to hell in a basket", so what? (see above)
We must make sure that we do not follow them, but rather, by our Godly
example, let them also see that there is hope for them.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the
weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but
mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting
down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the
knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience
(2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
Some have grasped this, some haven't. The disciples were followers of Jesus
of Nazareth, they walked, ate and slept with Him daily but were not yet
converted (see Matthew 18:3-4).
Converted: To change from seeing all things in life from a worldly
perspective (how expensive everything is becoming) to seeing all
things from the everlasting, Godly perspective (I shall give you enough.
. . . Matthew 6:33-34).
To change I believe; to I believe.
When I believe, then I repent, or turn away from my former lifestyle.
I believe unto righteousness.
When God sees in my heart that I am truly repentant; willing to change
and rest in His peace, recognising the significance of the sacrifice of
Jesus Christ, He lovingly forgives me of my former sins in His wonderful
mercy and grace, and I become born again, having the Living God the Holy
Spirit living in me, comforting me.
My sense of values has changed and God will now use me who is committed
God grants repentance. . . . . is happy to use those whom He can trust.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily,
I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom
If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe
not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And
no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even
the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in
the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved
the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his
Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him
might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that
believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the
name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that
light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light,
because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the
light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made
manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth
on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than
these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall
ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the
Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love
me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give
you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even
the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him
not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and
shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because
I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am
in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments,
and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall
be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me,
he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto
him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my
sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which
sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present
with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father
will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things
to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with
you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard
how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved
me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father
is greater than I. And now I have told you before it come to pass, that,
when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ,
(by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made
us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That
in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in
his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye
saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift
of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained
that we should walk in them.
To the Hebrews, those who know of Abraham:
Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications
with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death,
and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience
by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the
author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Called of God
an high priest after the order of Melchisedec. Of whom we have many things
to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. For when
for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again
which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become
such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth
milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those
who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and
evil. Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us
go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from
dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of
laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And
this will we do, if God permit.
Jesus made a Covenant with Father God on behalf of man through the spilling
of His blood unto death on the cross for our sins.
If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort
of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil
ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of
one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife
or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than
themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on
the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ
Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal
with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form
of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion
as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the
death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given
him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee
should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and
things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Wherefore,
my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now
much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his
Thank you Lord Jesus, that Your obedience and charity made an entrance,
a gate, through the spiritual veil into the Presence of the Father.
God the Holy Spirit is the Power on the earth today, working in and through
believers so that God's will is done on earth as in heaven. If a
believer is not born again of the Spirit, he is not one of His.
The HOLY Spirit. The Comforter. He is a person, a spiritual Person;
and He is God's Person on the earth at this present time (this dispensation)
and has the Power of the Godhead to use for the Father's glory, if only
the Christian will allow it, through faith in His presence and Power.
The Christian is the temple wherein the Holy Spirit resides and is the
vehicle through which much of God's redemptive work is done.
But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,
And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to
it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles'
feet. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to
lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price
of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was
sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing
in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. And Ananias
hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came
on all them that heard these things. And the young men arose, wound him
up, and carried him out, and buried him. And it was about
the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done,
came in. And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land
for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. Then Peter said unto her, How
is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord?
behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the
door, and shall carry thee out. Then fell she down straightway at his feet,
and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead,
and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of
God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God
destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. Let
no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this
world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this
world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in
their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise,
that they are vain. Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are
(1 Corinthians 3:16-21)
And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another,
and toward all men, even as we do toward you: To the end
he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our
Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
(1 Thessalonians 3:12-13)
We are dealing with change in the attitude of the heart (soul) here:
And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them
in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because
it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but
to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and
he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be
taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because
they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing
ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall
not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their
ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any
time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their
ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted,
and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see:
and your ears, for they hear.
And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was
faint: And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red
pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.
And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold,
I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright
do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him:
and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage
of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus
Esau despised his birthright.
And he discovered the covering of Judah, and thou didst look in that day
to the armour of the house of the forest. Ye have seen also the breaches
of the city of David, that they are many: and ye gathered together the
waters of the lower pool. And ye have numbered the houses of Jerusalem,
and the houses have ye broken down to fortify the wall. Ye made also a
ditch between the two walls for the water of the old pool: but ye have
not looked unto the maker thereof, neither had respect unto him that fashioned
it long ago. And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping,
and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth: And behold
joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking
wine: let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die. And it was revealed
in mine ears by the LORD of hosts, Surely this iniquity shall not be purged
from you till ye die, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.
Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and
a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting
name, that shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the stranger, that join
themselves to the LORD, to
serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants,
every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of
my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them
joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called
an house of prayer for all people. The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts
of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that
are gathered unto him.
All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in
the forest. His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they
are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving
to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have
enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they
all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter. Come
ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with
strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more
And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your
faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God;
because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised
not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then
is not Christ raised:
(1 Corinthians 15:14-16)
Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise
not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? And why stand we in
jeopardy every hour? I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ
Jesus our Lord, I die daily. If after the manner of men I have fought with
beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us
eat and drink; for to morrow we die. Be not deceived: evil communications
corrupt good manners. Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have
not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.
(1 Corinthians 15:29-34)
Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us,
and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection
unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened
us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that
we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the
present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth
the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And
make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out
of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men,
and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently
lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing
up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest
there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one
morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when
he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no
place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears. For
ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with
fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, And the sound of a
trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated
that the word should not be spoken to them any more: (For they could not
endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain,
it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: And so terrible was
the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) But ye
are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly
Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly
and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the
Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus
the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that
speaketh better things than that of Abel. See that ye refuse not
him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on
earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from
him that speaketh from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth:
but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only,
but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing
of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those
things which cannot be shaken may remain. 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.
Some shall appear to be Christian to some, but shall not enter into the
Kingdom of heaven.
How do we find the way?
Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter,
but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
(2 Corinthians 3:6)
There shall be no testosterone or oestrogen, no strife in the Kingdom.
Why are there wars? For greed and sex. To satisfy the ego, to presteer,
to honour our soul's desire. To have power over others. To do what we
This is what we must be prepared to give up.
Do you want your reward here, to satisfy your desires?
Because we have chosen to put aside strife here on earth to the best
of our ability, to submit our wills, our souls to God, He, the Almighty
God shall honour each of us.
Like Esau, we cannot be converted by our own power, we need God's Power.
We plead with the Lord God to guide us in the way everlasting.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall
he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption;
but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ
Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit
for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew
forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe
on him to life everlasting. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible,
the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
(1 Timothy 1:15-17)
The Father is the Creator, the giver of life. At the moment of conception,
when two separate cells become one, God breathes His life into that unit
and it becomes alive. Just as God breathed life into Adam (Genesis 2:7),
so we each obtained this mystery called life.
God then gives us the opportunity in this lifetime to choose another life,
without time, either to be with Him, or not.
Do we want it?
Do we choose it?
Are we prepared to do anything that our future King asks of us, knowing
that He shall righteously not ask more than we can handle?
Do you Trust Him. . . . . the Man who died for you
Do you believe?
Are we of the elect?
And finally, here is a question for you, dear reader.
Did Jesus of Nazareth force the Jewish leaders into action against Him?
And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they
set him thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments
in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them
in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried,
saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in
the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. And when he was come into
Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? And the multitude
said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee. And Jesus went
into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the
temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of
them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written,
My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den
of thieves. And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple;
and he healed them. And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful
things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying,
Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased,
Who are the religious leaders of today?
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If
any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his
cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and
whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man
profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what
shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come
in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every
man according to his works.