8. SOME SEED FELL ON GOOD GROUND.
Then there was the seed that fell on good ground. Jesus likens this to one who hears the word and understands it. This person will go on in his Christian walk with the Lord, and will bear much fruit.
These people live in a positive environment for Christian life and growth. To compare those seeds sown into good ground with those sown into stony places, would be like comparing a child born of Christian parents and living in a Christian country, who has just been born again into the kingdom of heaven, with a young child born of Pagan parents and living in a Pagan country, who has just been born again into the kingdom of heaven.
The young Christian child of Christian parents, living in a Christian world has every thing working towards them becoming a mature fruitful Christian. While the young Christian child of Pagan parents, living in a Pagan world is bound to suffer many trails, and tribulations.
The Church age began with the sowing of the good seed of the word, the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yes, some fell amongst families of God-fearing Jews and God-fearing Gentiles and most of these families would have (as a complete family) gladly accepted the gospel in one day, then all gladly repented and were baptized into Christ.
Other seed would have been sown on the hard ground of Jewish families who loved the traditions of men and hated the truth, Jews who loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. These Jews would have rejected the truth and persecuted any family member who accepted the truth.
John 12:42 Nevertheless even among the rulers many believe in Him (that is they believed in Jesus Christ), but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. (Translation in italics added)
Other seed would have been sown into the stony ground of families, fully committed and dedicated to Pagan beliefs and practices. Among many extended Pagan families, one or two on first hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ would have immediately received the word with Joy; yet with no foundation of truth in their lives the word would not take root within them, and it would only endure for a while. For when their extended Pagan families turned on them because of their belief in the gospel, immediately, because they feared man more than God, these new Christian would stumble and fall back into Paganism.
New born again Christians who come from an environment that is hostile to the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Christian way of life; if they are to have any hope of surviving the attacks of the enemy, they will need lots of love and support from other nature Christians; they need to know they will come under the attacks of the enemy, and for this reason they need to be sure of their future eternal reward, and they need to be taught “not to fear those who can kill the body but not kill the soul, but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Hell” (Matthew 10:28).
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