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As I have mentioned previously, the kingdom of God is the primary message of the Christian gospel. As a result, you may be wondering: why isn’t the kingdom discussed more often? (From what I have seen, most Christian churches do not discuss the kingdom at all.)  Jesus gave us an indication about why the kingdom of God is not preached more frequently, in one of his parables – the parable of the sower. That parable is listed in both Matthew 13, and in Luke 8.

Luke 8:5-8 (ESV):

5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. 7And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. 8And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Jesus then explained what the parable of the sower meant. Here is his explanation for the seeds that were sown on the path:

Matthew 13:18-19 (ESV):

18 “Hear then the parable of the sower: 19When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.

Luke 8:11-12 (ESV):

11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.

Jesus’ explanation of this parable is extremely important. Basically, Jesus tells us that the adversary doesn’t want us to know about the kingdom – because that knowledge will lead us to salvation!  In other words, the reason why information about the kingdom is not very well known today, is because the adversary is actively trying to prevent that information from being known!

next week=> Kingdom Study 9: Final Thoughts

4 Responses to “Kingdom Study 8: Why Haven’t I Heard this Before?”

  1. on 28 Sep 2009 at 10:36 amMark C.

    Not only does the adversary try to keep people from hearing it, but when they do hear it he tries to muddle it so they don’t get it right. As you say, most Christian churches don’t discuss it at all, but those few who do, have varying opinions about what the Kingdom is about. Some think it’s the rule of God in your heart. Some think it’s figuratively fulfilled by the Church. Some think it’s a future reality but only for Israel, not for Christians who now have a whole new Gospel message that’s better. The plain truth of the Kingdom is amazingly simple when you read the Bible without previously conceived ideas. The hard part is unlearning the wrong doctrines that so many have been taught.

  2. on 29 Sep 2009 at 10:21 amStacey

    That is why I strongly believe that we as Christians should study the scriptures ourselves and not just go by what our church’s say and I also believe it is very important to go to God for these things to to help us to understand the “truth” in these matters. The reason being is like Mark C said above…”As you say, most Christian churches don’t discuss it at all, but those few who do, have varying opinions about what the Kingdom is about.”
    I also believe to have an open mind about the teachings you hear or discussions you have regaurding the scriptures because if you keep your mind set on one thing you may not hear the truth that God wants you to know.

  3. on 29 Sep 2009 at 10:35 amKen

    These “parable of the sower” verses show great insight into how the spiritual battle is waged against God’s truth. I considered myself a well- informed Christian (having read the Bible numerous times) for almost 30 years before beginning to get a glimpse of a kingdom of God perspective (in contrast to my old “dispensational” point of view.) I’m thankful to have started to realize how blinded I had been, so that I could begin to humble myself to the One I had sadly “taken for granted” for too long. Maybe articles like this can serve as a wake-up call to Christians (like me) who spent years in a tradition that misses the point of God’s coming kingdom and true repentence in light of its reality. May our God continue to rid us of “spiritual blinders” as we diligently seek Him.

  4. on 02 Oct 2009 at 2:46 pmKen

    Jesus certainly made repentance as demonstrated in ACTIONS key to salvation in light of God’s coming kingdom (as taught in Matthew chapters 24 & 25.)
    Some of the practical warnings in light of the coming events are: not being led astray by the false one’s claiming to be the Messiah (who will successfully deceive many,)
    not turning away (due to evil/ pesecution) to start betraying and hating one another,
    not being oblivious to the urgency of the times (like people were in Noah’s day,)
    staying watchful,
    staying diligent as servants (not being lulled into careless conduct: drunkeness/ beating up on fellow servants – saying: my master delays his coming,)
    not being personally unprepared, expecting to get in on someone else’s “oil supply,”
    and not being oblivious to the required loving compassion toward: those who hunger, thirst, are strangers, are naked, sick or in prison.
    This is a glimpse only of the true importance of right understanding and a right response of repentance and their relationship to salvation.

  

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