by Rev. Vince Finnegan on May 25, 2008
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Matthew 13:1-9 Jesus gave this parable explaining the main responses people have when hearing the Gospel of the Kingdom.

Matthew 13:11 Jesus' gospel was the Gospel of the Kingdom. Matthew 9:35; 4:23. Jesus, the great prophet, made known the mysteries of the Kingdom, but only those who had a genuine heart for God were able to understand. If the preachers and teachers of our day are an indication, the knowledge of the Kingdom is still a mystery.

Matthew 13:12 The granting to know and to understand the mysteries of the Kingdom of God has never been given in an arbitrary, capricious, or unjustly discriminating way; rather, this knowledge is given in direct relationship with the heart of the person. Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness have always been filled.

Matthew 13:13 Just showing up is not enough. God knows our hearts.

Matthew 13:18 Jesus always spoke the Gospel of the Kingdom.

Mark 4:23-25 Take heed to what or whom you hear. Matthew 7:14-20

Luke 8:16-18 Take heed to how you listen.

Galatians 1:6-10 The gospel that is taught today in the name of Jesus has little to do with the message that Jesus and his apostles (including Paul) taught.

Matthew 13:18 This parable is about how people who hear the message regarding the Kingdom respond and not those who hear a false message.

Matthew 13:19 In Matthew, he is called "the evil one;" in Mark, "Satan;" and in Luke, "the devil." Everyone who hears the Gospel of the Kingdom will be attacked by the devil (1 Peter 5:8&9). He is a supernatural force that works through lies and deceptions. He causes people to think their problem is with other people, when in reality we wrestle not against flesh and blood.

Matthew 13:20 and 21 Jesus warns his disciples that there will be affliction or persecution because of our faith. John 16:33

Matthew 13:22 The worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth; Mark says - "the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word;" Luke -- "they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity."

Matthew 13:23; Luke 8:15 We must remain faithful to receive the fruit. Perseverance is required.

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