1. PARABLE OF THE SOWER is the mother of all PARABLES; no wonder Jesus said to His disciples, “… KNOW YE NOT THIS PARABLE? and HOW THEN WILL YE KNOW ALL PARABLES?” [Mark 4:13] PARABLES are by nature riddles, hard to crack and PARABLE OF THE SOWER more so; it is the KEY to MYSTERY OF GODLINESS, “And without controversy great is the MYSTERY OF GODLINESS: GOD WAS MANIFEST IN THE FLESH, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” [1 Timothy 3:16] The SEED is the WORD of God, as in Luke 8:11 and the pedigree thereof is as follows, “In the BEGINNING was the WORD, and the WORD WAS WITH GOD, and the WORD WAS GOD” [John 1:1] It is custom for the farmer to hide in the earth, so God HID Himself in Jesus Christ to raise men in the IMAGE and LIKENESS of the SON, “Till we all come in the UNITY of the FAITH, and of the knowledge of the SON OF GOD, unto a PERFECT MAN, unto the measure of the stature of the FULNESS OF CHRIST” [Ephesians 4:13] The SEED is not MONEY or MATERIAL but the WORD revealed in us by which we are initiated into MYSTERIES of God, as it is written: “… Unto you it is given to know the MYSTERIES of the KINGDOM OF GOD: but to others in PARABLES; that SEEING THEY MIGHT NOT SEE, and HEARING THEY MIGHT NOT UNDERSTAND” [Luke 8:10]
2. As in all PARABLES, characters are buried in persons or symbols; the SOWER or FARMER is God. The farmer sows his best SEED, so did God, “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” [John 3:16] The SOIL is the MIND of man, where the SEED is SOWN in HOPE of PROMISE of ETERNAL LIFE, “And this is the PROMISE that he hath promised us, even ETERNAL LIFE” [1 John 2:25] A good farmer ploughs his land before planting, God did the same; He ploughed the HEART of man with the death of Jesus Christ and watered the SOIL with His BLOOD. The GOSPEL preached in the name of Jesus Christ is the SEED, that is, how God was manifest in the SON, “To wit, that GOD WAS IN CHRIST, RECONCILING the WORLD UNTO HIMSELF, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation” [2 Corinthians 5:19] Though no farmer ploughs the WAY SIDE, some SEED end up there, “Those by the WAY SIDE are they that HEAR; then cometh the DEVIL, and TAKETH AWAY THE WORD out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved” [Luke 8:12] WAY SIDE is the kingdom of darkness of this world; it is HEART of men sold out to Satan, “In whom the god of this world hath BLINDED THE MINDS OF THEM WHICH BELIEVE NOT, lest the light of the glorious GOSPEL OF CHRIST, who is the IMAGE OF GOD, should shine unto them” [2 Corinthians 4:4]
3. STONY GROUND received the SEED, signifying willingness to receive the LIFE of God, “And these are they likewise which are sown on STONY GROUND; who, when they have HEARD THE WORD, immediately RECEIVE it with GLADNESS;” [Mark 4:16] Alas, the JOY of SALVATION was short-lived, the foundation of FAITH was shallow; those who come to Christ are required to grow ROOT conformable to, “… FOUNDATION of APOSTLES and PROPHETS, JESUS CHRIST himself being the CHIEF CORNER STONE” [Ephesians 2;20] The foundation of FAITH required to grow the SEED to maturity is formed in CONFORMITY to TRIALS, SUFFERINGS and DEATH of Jesus Christ, as it is written: “That I MAY KNOW HIM, and the POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION, and FELLOWSHIP of His SUFFERINGS being made CONFORMABLE UNTO HIS DEATH” [Philippians 3:10] Those who renounce the pattern of Christ and His Apostles are STONY GROUND, “And HAVE NO ROOT in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when AFFLICTION or PERSECUTION ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are OFFENDED” [Mark 4:17] The SEED among THORNS are men who were once renewed in SPIRIT by the WORD but fell into FLESHLY LUSTS, “And that which fell AMONG THORNS are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are CHOKED with CARES and RICHES and PLEASURES OF THIS LIFE, and BRING NO FRUIT TO PERFECTION” [Luke 6:14] The SEED is not of this world, the FRUIT is not measured in earthly parameters; beware of those who SEDUCE you with PROSPERITY OF FOOLS, “… MEN OF CORRUPT MINDS, and destitute of the truth, SUPPOSING THAT GAIN IS GODLINESS: from such withdraw thyself” [1 Timothy 6:5]
4. GOOD GROUND is the CHURCH, the family of God, “Being BORN AGAIN, NOT OF CORRUPTIBLE SEED, but of INCORRUPTIBLE, by the WORD OF GOD, which liveth and abideth for ever” [1 Peter 1:23] The SEED of the LIFE of God thrives on GOOD GROUND and “... that on the GOOD GROUND are they, which in an HONEST and GOOD HEART, having HEARD the WORD, KEEP IT, and bring forth FRUIT with PATIENCE” [Luke 8:15] These are men and women who receive the GOSPEL as HONEST TRUTH, not doubting, daily searching the Scriptures to be established in PRESENT TRUTH. They KEEP and NOURISH the SEED in PATIENCE, DISCERNING the times and seasons, “For the EARTH BRINGETH FORTH FRUIT OF HERSELF; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the FRUIT IS BROUGHT FORTH, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the HARVEST IS COME.” [Mark 4:28] The FRUIT cannot be altered once the SEED is sown; the earth brings forth whatever SEED is sown. There is another SEED, it looks so much like the True SEED, “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” [Matthew 13:39-40] Friend, the “END OF THIS WORLD is at hand when the Lord shall appear to receive His harvest; are you on GOOD GROUND?