Sunday, April 30, 2017

Matthew 13:18-23 (KJV) Understanding the Word Produces Fruit

Matthew 13:18-23 (KJV)
Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.When 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.But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 
I notice the various responses to the Word of God:
  • One hears and does not understand 
  • One hears and joyfully receives it
  • One hears but is filled with care
  • One hears and understands
The implication of the passage is that each is responsible for what he did with what he heard. The disciples did not understand until they asked for an explanation. Anyone can do that.
Notice that it is not joyfully receiving the Word that produces fruit, it is understanding it.
Fruit only comes from the extra step of explanation and thought.

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Matthew 13:18-23 (KJV) Understanding the Word Produces Fruit

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