Participants: Pastor Stephen Bohr
Series Code: CGC
Program Code: CGC000031
01:14 Shall we bow our heads for prayer?
01:16 Father in heaven, what a wonderful privilege it is
01:20 to come into Your presence.
01:22 We thank You for Your Holy Word, which is a sure compass
01:28 in a world of confusion and rebellion.
01:32 And as we study today about sowing a character,
01:38 and reaping a destiny, we ask that Your Holy Spirit
01:42 will be here to teach us.
01:44 We thank You for hearing our prayer,
01:46 for we ask it in Jesus' name, Amen.
01:51 During the course of this seminar we have been studying
01:56 primarily the meaning of Genesis 3:15.
02:02 And I would like to refresh our memory about that verse,
02:06 which is foundational to all of scripture.
02:10 In that verse, God is speaking to the serpent,
02:14 and Adam and Eve are standing there and listening.
02:17 And God says to the serpent, I will put enmity between you
02:24 and the woman, and between your seed and her seed.
02:29 He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.
02:36 One thing is very, very clear in this verse, and that is that
02:42 there are only two groups that exist in this world
02:46 from the beginning till the end of time.
02:50 Only two seeds: the seed of the righteous,
02:54 and the seed of the wicked.
02:56 Now in our study today we're going to notice that
03:01 in the group, which is classified as the wicked,
03:04 there are three different kinds of people,
03:09 whereas on God's side there is only one type of person.
03:15 So in the category of Satan's seed are three types of people,
03:21 whereas on the side of God's seed there is only one type.
03:28 Now we're going to study today the famous parable of Jesus
03:32 of the sower who sowed the seed.
03:35 And as we begin, I would like to say that this parable is
03:40 found in all three of the synoptic gospels.
03:44 What I mean by the synoptic gospels is Matthew, Mark,
03:48 and Luke. This parable is found in all three of these gospels,
03:53 which means that we're not going to remain only in one gospel
03:58 as we study this parable.
03:59 We're going to go to Matthew, Mark, and Luke in order to
04:05 glean details from every single one of these gospels.
04:13 And as I'm speaking now, I would like to ask the deacons
04:18 to please distribute the list of texts.
04:20 That almost skipped my mind.
04:22 We have lists of texts, and we would like the deacons,
04:25 at this point, to please quickly distribute these lists of texts.
04:29 We want to begin by looking at Matthew 13:37, Matthew 13:37.
04:42 We want to determine, first of all,
04:45 who the sower of the seed is.
04:49 It says there in Matthew 13:37 the following:
05:06 So in the parable of the sower the person who sows the good
05:12 seed is none less than Jesus.
05:15 Now we also want to determine what the seed represents.
05:20 Go with me to the gospel of Luke 8:11, Luke 8:11. It says here:
05:44 So notice that we have one sower, Jesus.
05:48 We have only one seed, which is the Word of God.
05:52 Now I want you to notice that that seed, that word of God,
05:57 is very, very powerful.
06:00 Go with me to Isaiah 55:10, 11, Isaiah 55:10, 11.
06:11 Here we find the prophet speaking the following words.
06:15 Isaiah 55:10, 11.
06:21 For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
06:26 and do not return there, but water the earth
06:31 and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to
06:36 the sower and bread to the eater: so shall my word be that
06:43 goes forth from my mouth: it shall not return to me void,
06:48 but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper
06:54 in the thing for which I send it.
06:57 Here God promises that when He sows His seed,
07:01 His seed will bear fruit.
07:05 His Seed is powerful.
07:07 His word is powerful.
07:09 So what do we have so far?
07:11 We have a sower, who is Jesus.
07:14 We have a seed, which is the word of God,
07:18 and that seed is powerful to produce the results for which
07:24 God sent it. But in this parable, we also have four
07:29 different soils, four different grounds, so to speak.
07:34 Now the question is, what do these four soils represent?
07:38 Go with me to the gospel of Mark 4:15, Mark 4:15.
07:48 Here we have an explanation of what is meant by the soils.
07:53 It says here the following:
07:56 And this is speaking about the seed that fell by the wayside.
08:01 But it will give us the principle for all of the soils.
08:05 It says in verse 15:
08:27 So the seed is sown in the ground, or in the soil,
08:31 but the soil represents what?
08:34 The soil represents the heart.
08:37 And so in this parable of the sower, you have four
08:41 different kinds of hearts.
08:44 Three of these hearts are not desirable.
08:47 Only one of them is desirable.
08:50 In fact, three of these hearts end up being
08:54 in the camp of Satan.
08:55 And only one of these ends up being on the side of God.
09:01 And so summarizing what we've studied, we have in this parable
09:05 one sower, who is Jesus.
09:08 We have one seed, which is the Word of God.
09:11 The Word of God is powerful to accomplish the purpose
09:16 for which it is sent.
09:17 And finally, the soils represent four different kinds of hearts
09:23 upon which the seed of the truth of God's word follows.
09:28 Now lets examine all four of these soils and see what they
09:33 have to teach us today.
09:35 Let's go, first of all, to the seed that fell by the wayside,
09:40 or on the path. Go with me to Luke 8:12, Luke 8:12.
09:50 The seed by the wayside. It says here:
10:00 By the way, everyone in this parable hears.
10:05 Those seeds that are planted by the wayside, the hearts hear.
10:12 Those in stony places, the people hear.
10:15 Those among thorns, the people hear.
10:19 Those on good ground, the people hear.
10:23 In other words, there is no way of saying, I didn't know this.
10:27 In other words, everyone is responsible, because everyone
10:31 of these soils hears the Word of God.
10:34 Now notice once again, it says in verse 12:
10:55 The seed that falls on the wayside, or on the path,
10:58 does not even begin to germinate.
11:01 The moment the seed falls on the heart, the devil comes
11:05 and takes away the seed.
11:07 These are individuals who hear the Word of God, and immediately
11:12 they reject the word, or they postpone, they refuse to accept
11:17 what God is teaching them.
11:19 We have Biblical examples of this type of person.
11:23 You remember, for example, when the apostle Paul appeared before
11:27 Felix. The story is found in Acts 24:25.
11:34 The apostle Paul preached this tremendous, powerful sermon,
11:39 and after he preached the sermon, he was hoping that
11:42 Felix would accept the message.
11:45 But I want you to notice what happened with Felix.
11:49 It says here in the book of Acts 24:25, the following:
12:06 Notice Paul's sermon.
12:07 He's preaching the word of God about these things.
12:20 Do you know the opportunity never came,
12:23 because that was his moment of opportunity.
12:28 When he said, it's convenient I will call you,
12:32 no convenient time ever came.
12:36 We have also the apostle Paul standing before king Agrippa.
12:41 Notice Acts 26:27, 28, Acts 26:27, 28.
12:50 Once again the apostle Paul has preached a powerful sermon
12:54 about receiving Jesus Christ, and preparing for the judgment.
12:58 And I want you to notice what happens when he finishes
13:01 his sermon. It says there, in Acts 26:27, 28:
13:26 Sad, tragic words.
13:29 So Paul preached these powerful sermons before Felix,
13:33 before Agrippa. Felix says I will call you
13:38 at a convenient season.
13:39 He puts it off. Agrippa says, you know, what you're saying
13:43 is very persuasive and powerful.
13:45 You almost persuade me to become a Christian, but not quite.
13:49 The seed fell on the path.
13:52 The seed fell by the wayside.
13:55 It did not even begin to germinate in the heart.
13:58 These types of hearers are also illustrated by those who stoned
14:05 Stephen, the first Christian martyr.
14:08 Go with me to the book of Acts 7, Acts 7.
14:13 By the way, this whole chapter, almost, is a sermon presented by
14:20 Stephen to the Jewish Sanhedrin, to the Jewish council.
14:24 And I want you to notice what happens after the sermon
14:29 is preached. Chapter 7 and starting with verse 54. It says:
14:45 They were really angry, weren't they?
15:23 Gnashing their teeth!
15:25 Their hearts raging within them, rejecting this wonderful sermon
15:30 that Stephen had preached, beginning way back in the
15:33 Old Testament. It's showing how prophecy was fulfilled,
15:37 and eventually the Messiah came.
15:39 They opening rejected the message that God presented
15:43 through Stephen. By the way, in the end time there are going
15:47 to be people like this also.
15:49 In fact, all of those who receive the message of the
15:53 anti-Christ will eventually be people of this type.
15:56 Notice 2 Thessalonians 2, 2 Thessalonians 2, and I would
16:03 like to read a few verses that we find there beginning with
16:07 verse 8. It says there:
16:13 That's the anti-Christ, by the way.
16:36 And now notice why they perish.
16:46 And, by the way, what is truth?
16:48 Jesus said in John 17:17, sanctify them through your
16:54 truth. Your word is truth.
16:57 So what is rejected if they did not receive
17:00 the love of the truth?
17:01 They rejected truth, which is found where?
17:04 In the Holy Bible.
17:05 And notice what we find at verse 11:
17:26 It is a serious thing to have the word of God preached
17:31 and presented to you.
17:32 And the first type of soil represents those who hear
17:37 the word, but immediately when it comes, they shut out
17:41 the word. The word does not even begin to germinate.
17:44 And as a result, Satan takes the truth from the heart.
17:49 And those who have this kind of soil are lost.
17:53 But we have a second kind of soil.
17:56 It's the soil on stony ground.
18:00 Go with me to the gospel of Luke 8:6, the gospel of Luke 8:6.
18:10 Here we have a description of this kind of soil.
18:14 It says there the following: Some fell on rock;
18:22 and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away,
18:28 because it lacked what? moisture.
18:32 Now I want you to visualize that what's happening here.
18:35 There is rock but there's also some good soil,
18:38 because the seed germinates and it begins to grow.
18:42 Isn't that right?
18:43 You notice that this soil is different from the first soil,
18:48 because the first soil, even before the seed germinates,
18:51 the devil comes and he takes it from the heart.
18:53 But here, at least, the seed begins its process of growth.
18:57 There is some soil there, but we noticed in Luke 8 that the
19:03 soil lacks what? It lacks moisture.
19:07 And, by the way, it's stony, it's rocky.
19:11 It is not pure soil.
19:13 There's also stone with the soil.
19:16 By the way, as we read this in Matthew 13 it gives us
19:20 an additional detail.
19:21 Notice Matthew 13:5, 6, Matthew 13:5, 6.
19:29 It says here: some fell on stony places where they did not have
19:36 much what? much earth.
19:39 And they immediately sprang up because they had no depth
19:45 of earth, but notice, but when the sun was up they were
19:50 scorched, and because they had no root, they what?
19:55 they withered away.
19:57 Now notice the combination that we have here.
19:59 We have soil, which is not only soil, but you have rock
20:03 in the soil. You have soil that does not have moisture.
20:10 And you have the sun that beats down upon the soil and scorches
20:16 the seed, scorches the newborn plant.
20:20 Now you imagine, some of you living here in the valley,
20:23 I imagine have gardens.
20:25 What would happen if you plant the seed,
20:27 and it has just a little good soil,
20:30 and it has stone underneath that,
20:33 and so you plant the seed superficially.
20:36 There's no moisture hardly in the earth,
20:40 and the sun, that Fresno sun, 110 degrees in July,
20:44 you know about that, is beaming down upon the seed.
20:47 How much of an opportunity does that seed have to germinate
20:51 and grow, and eventually produce fruit?
20:53 Very, very little.
20:56 Now what does the seed planted on stony ground represent?
21:02 Well, it represents those individuals who, when the gospel
21:08 is preached to them, they are filled with excitement,
21:11 and with emotion.
21:13 The seed is planted in the heart and they say,
21:16 this is wonderful!
21:17 I've never heard anything like it in my life!
21:20 And they get all enthused.
21:22 But then trials and tribulations come.
21:25 You see, one of the problems that people have is that they
21:28 think that when they accept the gospel, it's going to cure
21:31 all of their problems.
21:32 They're not going to have temptations, or difficulties,
21:35 or tribulations anymore.
21:37 The fact is, folks, that our greatest tribulations come
21:40 after our baptism.
21:42 The greatest tests of the devil come after we've decided to
21:46 give our hearts to Jesus Christ.
21:48 I see many of you nodding, and saying, yes,
21:50 that's absolutely true. because the devil has lost a child,
21:52 Because the devil has lost a child, and he's going to make
21:56 it as difficult as possible, to try and gain that child back.
21:59 But there are people that when the gospel is preached,
22:01 when we have a series of meetings like this,
22:03 they're all pumped up, and they're really excited.
22:06 And then they have problems with their families.
22:09 They have problems with their relatives.
22:11 They have problems at work.
22:13 They have all sorts of difficulties.
22:15 Perhaps they continue having problems with some of the
22:17 habits that they had, and they get discouraged,
22:21 and as a result they fall by the wayside.
22:24 By the way, this soil represents those who want to serve
22:31 Jesus and themselves.
22:32 You see, the stone represents a stone heart.
22:35 There's a little bit of good soil, which means that they
22:38 want to serve the Lord, but they also want
22:40 to keep some of self.
22:42 These are the ones that Jesus spoke about when He said,
22:44 No man can serve two masters.
22:48 You cannot serve the Lord with a divided heart, in other words.
22:51 It is either everything or nothing.
22:54 Now I want you to notice a couple of passages in scripture
22:59 that speak about what happens when we receive
23:02 the gospel of Jesus.
23:03 Go with me to Mark 10:28-31, Mark 10:28-31.
23:12 Jesus has just talked about how difficult it is for a rich man
23:17 to enter the kingdom of heaven.
23:18 And I want you to notice what Jesus continues saying to the
23:23 disciples, because they say, we've left it all.
23:25 What's in it for us?
23:26 See, they were kind of mercenaries.
23:28 And so Jesus says in Mark 10, beginning at verse 28,
23:33 the following: Mark 10:28:
24:11 Now notice the next expression:
24:22 Did you notice that you receive many blessings,
24:24 because you have a new family, a new church family?
24:26 And so you have everything you need within the church family.
24:30 But we find Jesus saying that this will be with what?
24:34 with persecutions.
24:37 Notice Matthew 10, and beginning with verse 34,
24:42 the same idea coming through.
24:44 Matthew 10:34. By the way, it's become very popular today
24:48 to see on television, television preachers who tell you that when
24:52 you receive Jesus you're going to prosper.
24:54 You're going to get rich, and things are going to go well.
24:58 That goes totally against the grain of scripture,
25:02 and particularly this parable.
25:05 Notice what we find in Matthew 10, and beginning with verse 34.
25:11 Jesus says this:
25:20 That sounds strange coming from the lips of Jesus.
25:22 Isn't He the Prince of Peace? Notice verse 35:
25:44 Verse 37:
25:55 You see, folks, the second soil represents those individuals
26:01 who hear the word.
26:02 They get excited.
26:04 They think everything is going to be good.
26:06 Everything is going to be prosperity.
26:08 They have a divided heart.
26:10 They haven't totally given up on self.
26:12 They have very little moisture of the Holy Spirit
26:15 in their lives. They have a stony heart.
26:18 And then the sun of tribulations shines upon them, and they fall
26:23 by the wayside, and ultimately are lost.
26:28 You know, several years ago, while I was teaching in our
26:32 University in Columbia, there was this young lady that came
26:38 our theological schools.
26:39 She came to study as a Bible Instructor.
26:41 Her name was Josephina Mendez.
26:43 She was involved in an accident and she died a few years ago.
26:46 But she came to our school.
26:48 And, you know, I tried to get close to the students,
26:51 and find out about their background.
26:52 And so one day I was sitting under the trees there
26:55 on a bench, and, you know, she came and sat down.
26:58 And we started talking, and she told me her story.
27:01 She said, Pastor, I lived in this town in Columbia.
27:04 I don't remember the name of the town.
27:05 But I lived in this town in Columbia, and I received a
27:09 handbill in the mail that they were going to have
27:11 this series of meetings.
27:12 And so I decided that I would go to that series of meetings,
27:17 even though I didn't know anything about the church
27:21 where they were being held.
27:22 I didn't know anything about the speaker, but opening night
27:25 I went to the meetings.
27:26 And it was an evangelistic series, you can guess.
27:29 And so she went through the whole evangelistic series,
27:32 and at the end of the series she decided
27:34 that she wanted to be baptized.
27:35 And so she went home and she told her parents,
27:39 I've been going to these meetings, and I believe that
27:42 the truth is being proclaimed there.
27:43 And they asked her what church is it?
27:45 Is it the Catholic Church?
27:46 She said, No, it's the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
27:49 And immediately the parents scowled and frowned.
27:52 They said, You've been going to the Seventh-day Adventist
27:54 Church? She said, Yes, and I've been hearing these wonderful
27:58 messages, and I believe that it's the truth,
28:00 and I've made my decision to be baptized.
28:02 Her father looked at her and he said, Josephina, if you
28:08 get baptized, you don't have a father or mother.
28:12 We will disown you.
28:17 And Josephina looked at her father and she said, Father,
28:19 I love you, but the Bible says that we're supposed to honor our
28:22 father and our mother, but I owe my allegiance first to my
28:26 heavenly Father, and therefore, I'm going to go
28:30 through with this.
28:31 I'm going to be baptized on such and such a date.
28:33 And her father said, If you're baptized on that day,
28:37 you're not our daughter.
28:39 You can't live here anymore.
28:40 She went to the church.
28:42 She got baptized.
28:44 Her parents knew about it, because they were checking
28:46 it out. When Josephina came home all of her few belongings
28:51 were on the front doorstep of the house.
28:53 And her Dad met her at the door and he said, Josephina,
28:56 don't you ever come back here again.
29:00 And she said, I'm sorry, father.
29:04 I love you very much, but I must obey God rather than man,
29:09 and that includes my own parents.
29:11 And she came to the school.
29:13 She didn't have any place to go.
29:14 And that's why she came and decided to study at the school.
29:18 She became a Bible worker.
29:19 She married a Seventh-day Adventist pastor.
29:22 And, by the way, her parents never accepted the message,
29:26 as far as I know.
29:27 She was disowned for the rest of her life.
29:30 She did not receive the word like the stony ground hearers.
29:36 I mean when tribulation came, and the family rose against her,
29:40 she says, my allegiance is with God.
29:44 But a person who had a superficial religion,
29:47 with very little Holy Spirit, very little moisture,
29:50 because the moisture represents the Holy Spirit,
29:52 would have easily fallen by the wayside and have said,
29:56 Oh, what's the use?
29:58 I can't have my family against me.
30:00 I can't have my fellow workers against me.
30:03 I can't have my friends against me,
30:05 and then fall by the wayside.
30:07 By the way, did you know that Judas Iscariot
30:10 fits in this category?
30:11 I'm not going to read the passage, but in Matthew 8:18-22
30:16 there's a certain scribe that comes to Jesus and he says
30:20 to him, I'll follow you wherever you go. That was Judas!
30:26 And Jesus, trying to discourage him, because He knew his heart,
30:32 says, birds have nests, and foxes have holes,
30:37 but the Son of man doesn't have any place to lay His head.
30:41 What Jesus was saying to him is look, if you're going to follow
30:46 Me for the loaves and the fishes, know that you're going
30:51 down the wrong road.
30:52 Because I don't have any prosperity.
30:55 I don't have money.
30:56 I don't have anything to offer you in terms
30:59 of material prosperity.
31:00 If you're following Me for that reason, forget it.
31:03 Do you know, if you look at the context of that passage,
31:06 you're going to find that Judas offered to follow Jesus
31:10 when Jesus was popular.
31:13 Multitudes were following Jesus.
31:16 I mean, people were excited because Jesus was healing
31:20 diseases, and He was feeding thousands of people.
31:23 They said, wow, this is the guy that we want to be with.
31:26 But then when Jesus started preaching the word,
31:28 according to John 6, only the disciples were left.
31:33 And Jesus says, are you going to leave, too?
31:36 And Peter says, Lord, if we leave, where can we go?
31:41 You have miracles.
31:43 Is that what Peter said? No!
31:46 You have what? You have words of life.
31:51 See Peter, he said many things without thinking,
31:54 but this was one good thing that he said.
31:56 He didn't say, you have miracles, and signs,
31:59 and wonders. He says, You have the words of life.
32:03 Everybody else left because there were no longer
32:05 any miracles, but Peter had it straight.
32:09 And so we have two kinds of soil: those by the wayside who
32:13 don't respond at all when the word is preached.
32:15 They show no religious interest.
32:17 Second, those on the stony ground.
32:21 They have a superficial acceptance of the truth:
32:24 part rock, part their own self,
32:28 and part good soil, part Jesus.
32:30 Trying to serve two masters.
32:31 Accepting Jesus in a time of emotion and feeling.
32:34 Tribulations come; they fall by the wayside.
32:38 But there's a third type of soil, and that is the seed
32:43 that fell among the thorns.
32:46 You see, there was good soil, but there were thorns.
32:50 Notice Luke 8:14, Luke 8:14 describes this kind of soil.
32:59 It says there in Luke 8:14 the following:
33:31 By the way, if you go to the gospel of Mark 4:19,
33:38 it adds an expression. It says:
33:42 It adds that: by the cares of this world.
33:45 Do you know what the cares of this world are?
33:47 Wanting to accumulate houses, and cars, and money, and stocks
33:54 and bonds, and wanting to work two jobs.
33:58 Things that are not bad in themselves, but which absorb
34:02 our time and effort.
34:06 That's part of the thorns: the cares of this life.
34:10 Notice, once again, Luke 8:14. It says:
34:24 ...of this world, if you compare Mark. What else?
34:28 Actually, Mark says with the deceitfulness of riches.
34:32 See that's why you have to compare all three gospels,
34:37 because each one expresses it a little differently.
34:40 It's not riches. It is the deceitfulness of riches,
34:44 and then something else. And what?
34:47 And the pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.
34:55 The thorns, by the way, what do thorns represent in scripture?
35:00 Do you remember in Genesis 3:18 what came in consequence of sin?
35:07 God said:
35:17 And then what does He say?
35:24 So thorns and thistles represent sin.
35:29 Sin comes in. The pleasures of this world,
35:34 the cares of this life, the deceitfulness of riches
35:40 come in and they choke the plant which has begun to grow.
35:46 Now we have Biblical examples of this.
35:49 We have a rich young ruler that came to Jesus.
35:52 Do you know, the Bible says that Jesus loved this young man.
35:55 He's seen Jesus blessing the children, and he says,
36:00 I love that man. Look at how the children are drawn to Him.
36:04 And so he comes to Jesus and he says, what do I need to do
36:08 to have eternal life?
36:09 Jesus says, well, keep the commandments.
36:10 He says, which?
36:12 So then Jesus quotes the last table of the law.
36:15 And the young man says, I've done all these things
36:18 since I was a young boy.
36:19 What more do I lack?
36:22 Jesus looks at him and He says...
36:39 And the Bible says that this young man left sad..
36:53 Did he allow the deceitfulness of riches to choke
36:58 the seed in his heart?
36:59 You know, folks, as Seventh-day Adventist Christians, many times
37:04 you say, Oh no, I'm not a slave to money.
37:07 I have no problems with money.
37:08 I can handle it.
37:10 And yet what are we doing?
37:13 We're accumulating things that we're not,
37:16 that we don't really need.
37:17 Isn't that right?
37:19 Do we need four houses to live in?
37:23 Do we actually need four automobiles?
37:28 Do we actually need tens of thousands of dollars
37:34 in the bank while the work of God is languishing?
37:37 Do you know the time is coming when people are
37:40 going to cry out, why didn't I use my money?
37:42 Why didn't I invest my money in the kingdom of God
37:45 to further the gospel?
37:46 Why did I accumulate it for myself, when we won't be
37:50 able to buy and sell?
37:51 People are going to say that, but it's going to be too late.
37:54 The deceitfulness of riches has been the ruin of their souls.
38:01 By the way, the apostle Paul had something very interesting
38:04 to say in 1 Timothy 6:9, 10, 1 Timothy 6:9, 10.
38:10 The apostle Paul had something very interesting
38:13 to say about money.
38:15 And I want you to read it carefully with me,
38:18 because some people misread it.
38:20 They get the impression that riches are bad.
38:22 Riches are not bad.
38:23 Notice what the apostle Paul says in 1 Timothy 6:9.
38:31 Notice, he's not even saying the rich,
38:33 but those who want to be rich.
38:52 Because the more money you have, the more toys you want,
38:55 and the more entertainment you want,
38:57 and the more fun you want.
38:58 Now notice verse 10.
39:00 For money is the root of all kinds of evil.
39:05 Ah, thank you, thank you.
39:13 Or as the King James says, is the root of all evil.
39:16 Now notice this:
39:25 Do you know, I have seen many rich people that are
39:31 absolutely miserable, because they're always afraid
39:36 they're going to lose their riches.
39:37 And they're always thinking about making more,
39:41 and investing more.
39:42 Do you know that Jesus gave a parable which describes
39:46 this type of person?
39:47 Notice Luke 12, Luke 12:15, Luke 12:15.
39:56 Folks, is it not time for us to invest our treasures
39:59 in the heavenly bank?
40:00 Do you know how you can send your money to heaven now?
40:03 You don't send it, you don't go to NASA,
40:06 and have NASA send it in a rocket up to heaven.
40:09 What you do is you invest in His cause,
40:11 in the salvation of souls.
40:13 And when the souls end up there, your investment is there.
40:17 Now notice what we find in Luke, once again, chapter 12,
40:20 and beginning at verse 15, 12:15.
40:25 This is another parable of Jesus.
40:42 Life does not consist in the abundance of what?
40:45 Of things which we possess.
40:47 And now he's going to illustrate.
41:32 Are you catching the connection with the parable of the soul?
41:36 Verse 20:
41:58 We find John saying, love not the world, nor the things
42:04 that are in the world.
42:05 And I know we pay lip service to this folks.
42:08 Do you believe that we're living in the last
42:10 moments of human history?
42:11 Listen, as we look at what's happening in the world,
42:13 I can't help but marvel in the last couple of weeks
42:16 what we've been seeing.
42:17 How the United States is fulfilling the prophecy of
42:21 Revelation 13, the initial stages at least, and how all the
42:26 Christians are coming together with a common agenda.
42:30 We see it! It's so clear.
42:32 It's patently clear.
42:33 The question is, what are we doing with the resources
42:36 that God has given us?
42:37 Are we investing these in the cause of God?
42:41 You say, well, Pastor Bohr, you just want to be paid.
42:43 Well, let me tell you the tithe that comes here to this church
42:48 you know, none of it comes into my pocket.
42:51 It all goes to a central location, and then they pay all
42:54 of the pastors on an equitable basis.
42:57 I don't receive any of the offerings
42:59 that come into the church.
43:01 The offerings go for the running of this church:
43:03 for the preaching of the gospel, for evangelistic meetings,
43:06 for health seminars, for all of these things which have the
43:09 intent of reaching people with the gospel.
43:11 And I pray to God that we will lay everything we have
43:15 on the altar of sacrifice, because soon
43:17 it might be too late.
43:19 We need to wake up from our slumber.
43:22 We've been in a coma too long.
43:24 We've been lukewarm too long.
43:27 It's time to get up and make a sacrifice for God.
43:30 As I mentioned in one of the previous lectures,
43:33 the little old widow, she comes and she throws her two mites in.
43:37 Jesus says, she gave more than all of those
43:39 who gave great sums.
43:41 And then He explained why.
43:42 He says, because they gave out of their abundance.
43:45 In other words, they gave what they had left over.
43:47 What they really didn't need.
43:48 But she gave all that she had.
43:52 Her only sustenance.
43:54 And so we have, Jesus said, by the way,
43:57 in Luke 21:34, He says, Make sure that...
44:10 In Ezekiel 7:19 we're told that in the day when the wrath of God
44:16 is poured out upon this world, people will take their gold
44:20 and their silver and they will throw their gold and silver
44:23 in the streets, and they will say, what good is this?
44:26 We're lost! We're eternally lost!
44:29 What good is it to have all of these things?
44:31 Silver and gold will be absolutely worthless.
44:35 And so we have three different kinds of people, so far,
44:39 that we've studied.
44:40 1. They hear the word. They reject it.
44:44 It doesn't even begin to germinate.
44:46 2. Those individuals who hear the word, and in a moment
44:51 of emotion they accept it.
44:52 They say, this is wonderful!
44:54 And then tribulations come, and the sun comes out and
44:59 beats on the plant and it dies.
45:02 Then you have those that are on thorny soil,
45:05 for whom the deceitfulness of riches, the cares of this life
45:10 strangle the seed that has been planted, the plant that has
45:15 begun to grow. But I thank God that there's one
45:19 other kind of soil, and that is the good soil.
45:22 Notice what we find in the gospel of Luke 8:15, Luke 8:15.
45:33 We find there the following words:
46:01 Notice that the good soil represents those who
46:05 hear the word of God and what? and keep it.
46:09 With what? patience.
46:12 And eventually it bears what? fruit.
46:15 Does the first type of soil bear fruit? No.
46:20 Does the second type of soil bear fruit? No.
46:24 Does the third type of soil bear fruit?
46:27 No, the plant begins to grow, but no fruit.
46:29 What is God interested in?
46:32 God is interested in planting the seed of His word in our
46:36 hearts, and that we might receive that seed
46:40 with fallow soil, with plenty of the moisture of the Holy Spirit.
46:46 And that that seed germinate and produce a plant,
46:50 which eventually will bear what?
46:53 Will bear fruit for God's honor, and God's glory.
46:57 Revelation 1:3 we find John speaking about this book
47:01 which deals with end time events. He says:
47:22 Notice: read, hear, that means pay attention, and what?
47:28 and keep. Notice John 14:23, John 14:23.
47:38 By the way, Jesus abiding in our hearts has a condition.
47:42 He will not abide in any heart.
47:45 Notice what we find in John 14: 23.
47:51 Here Jesus says this:
48:15 Isn't that beautiful?
48:16 If anyone hears my word, and what? and keeps my word,
48:21 both I and the Father will come and We will make our home,
48:26 our abode, with them.
48:28 James tells us that it's not the hearers of the word,
48:33 which will be justified, but whom? the doers of the word.
48:37 By the way, do you know that in the end time there are going to
48:41 be many Christians who hear the word, but don't do it?
48:45 Notice the gospel of Matthew chapter 7, Matthew 7:21,
48:53 Matthew 7:21. This is a very solemn passage.
48:58 I'm going to read several verses. Jesus says:
49:06 Did you catch that?
49:17 Notice it's not only hearing but what? doing.
49:20 It's not only saying but doing. Verse 22.
49:37 By the way, were these Christians?
49:38 Why would they be doing it in the name of Jesus
49:42 if they weren't Christians?
49:43 Obviously, they're Christians.
49:45 So what is Jesus going to say?
49:56 And then Jesus gives an example: the parable of the man who built
50:01 his house upon the rock, and the man who built
50:03 his house upon the sand.
50:04 We even sing about this in Sabbath School.
50:06 Do you still sing this in Sabbath School?
50:08 The wise man built his house upon the rock.
50:11 I remember, I used to love to sing that song.
50:13 Still do! Still I'm a child at heart.
50:16 But, anyway, Jesus gives a parable of the two builders.
50:20 Now who is the one who builds on the rock, and who is the one
50:24 who builds on the sand?
50:25 Listen up! Verse 24: Therefore whoever hears these sayings
50:31 of mine and does them.
50:35 Hello, anybody out there today?
50:38 Therefore, whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them,
50:44 I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the what?
50:50 on the rock. And the rain descended, the floods came,
50:54 and the winds blew, and beat on that house.
50:57 And it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
51:01 What does that mean to be founded on the rock?
51:03 It means that you hear the words of Jesus, and what? and do them.
51:09 Now notice, what about the man who built on the sand?
51:13 Verse 26: But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine,
51:18 and does not do them, will be like a foolish man
51:22 who built his house on the sand.
51:24 And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew,
51:28 and beat on that house, and it fell.
51:31 And great was its fall.
51:34 By the way, these verses are speaking about the tribulation
51:38 that is coming upon the world.
51:39 Four angels are holding the four winds of strife.
51:43 When they're released you have the storm; the coming storm.
51:47 And only those who hear the words of Jesus, and do them,
51:52 will be safe in that great day.
51:55 Now I'd like to take the last few moments that we have
51:59 to talk about the process of God planting the seed
52:04 in the soil of our hearts.
52:06 How does God do it?
52:09 Well, listen to what I'm going to say.
52:12 The seed is the word of God.
52:15 We've already studied that.
52:17 The word of God is preached.
52:20 And what that means is that God is taking the seed,
52:23 and He's putting it where?
52:25 He's planting the seed in the heart.
52:27 By the way, faith comes by hearing and hearing by what?
52:31 By the word of God.
52:33 What happens with people who are not into the word of God,
52:37 who are not studying?
52:38 Can God plant His seed in our hearts if we're not studying
52:42 the word? Absolutely not!
52:44 Because God speaks to our hearts through the word.
52:48 The more we study the word, the more God plants His will
52:53 and His seed in our hearts.
52:55 And then He moistens the ground with what?
52:59 With the dew of His Holy Spirit.
53:01 And the more time that I spend in the word,
53:05 the more the plant grows.
53:08 And if I continue in this process, eventually what's
53:12 going to happen is that plant is going to grow into a tree,
53:16 and the tree eventually is going to bear what?
53:19 Is going to bear fruit.
53:21 And, by the way, what is the fruit?
53:23 Go with me to Galatians 5, Galatians 5, and I would like
53:29 to begin reading at verse 19.
53:31 Well, actually, let's begin reading at verse 21,
53:35 Ending about the works of the flesh:
53:48 Then he speaks about the fruit of the Spirit, verse 22:
54:02 Do you know what the fruit of the Spirit is?
54:06 It's the character of Jesus.
54:08 Is this a description of the character of Jesus?
54:12 Let's read it again.
54:13 It says: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness,
54:17 goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control.
54:22 That's the fruit.
54:23 How does the fruit come?
54:25 Do you have to plant before you harvest fruit?
54:30 Of course you do.
54:31 So what does God do?
54:32 He takes the seed of the truth.
54:34 He plants it in our heart.
54:35 The more that we're in the word, studying the word,
54:37 assimilating the word, God speaks to us.
54:39 He plants the word in our hearts through the influence
54:42 of the Holy Spirit.
54:43 That plant begins to what? to grow, and eventually
54:47 it produces in our lives the fruit of the Spirit.
54:50 In other words it produces in our lives
54:52 the character of Jesus.
54:54 Do you know we take the mold of the character of that which we
54:58 dedicate our time to?
55:00 You know this, right?
55:02 If we dedicate most of our time to music, and worldly endeavors,
55:08 and television, and videos, and all these things,
55:11 what type of character are we going to have?
55:13 We're going to reflect that character.
55:16 But the more that we allow the word of God to enter through our
55:19 eyes, by Bible study, by listening to sermons,
55:22 by watching 3ABN, by watching spiritual things, God plants His
55:27 seed in our hearts.
55:29 The seed grows into a plant, then grows into a tree,
55:32 and then our lives change.
55:33 Because we have as a result the fruit of the Spirit
55:37 appearing in our lives, which is Christ likeness,
55:42 the hope of glory, incidentally.
55:44 So we have four soils.
55:47 Three of them will eventually be lost.
55:50 One of them only will be saved in the kingdom.
55:54 What is the soil of your heart?
55:58 Are you a wayside hearer?
56:04 Are you a stony ground hearer?
56:08 Are you a thorny ground hearer?
56:13 Or are you a good soil hearer?
56:18 Our decision will determine our eternal destiny.
56:23 And, folks, let me finish with a positive note.
56:28 Do you know that we're not stuck with the heart that we have?
56:31 God can change the heart.
56:34 Just look at Saul of Tarsus.
56:36 He had a heart of stone.
56:39 He was right there stoning Stephen, not actively,
56:42 but he was encouraging the people to stone Stephen.
56:47 And yet the Lord changed his heart from stony soil,
56:52 from wayside soil, to a soft tender heart.
56:58 The good news is that God can change the soil of our hearts.
57:03 And I pray to God that we will be like the good soil,
57:08 where the seed of truth is planted unto eternal life.