|Luke 8 |
1 Now it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve [apostles] were with him,
2 Along with certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and diseases: Mary called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had come out;
3 Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward; and Susanna; and many others who provided for him from their own private means.
4 And when many people had gathered together to him out of every city, he spoke this parable:
5 "A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside and was trodden down, and the birds of the air devoured it.
6 And some fell on the rock, and as soon as it had sprung up, it withered away because it lacked moisture.
7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it.
8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up and bore fruit a hundred times." And when he had said these things, he cried, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
9 Then his disciples asked him, "What does this parable mean?"
10 And he said, "To you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. [See Footnote 1 in Mark 4 to understand why Jesus spoke in parables to hide the meaning of his words from some people.]
11 Now the parable means this: The seed is the word of God.1 [The Greek for word in this verse is logov <3056>, which in English means: 1) of speech; 1a) a word, uttered by a living voice, embodies a conception or idea; 1b) what someone has said. This does not refer to hearing the Bible read; instead it refers to hearing Jesus speak to you from within your heart. The Word of God is the name of Jesus, and there is a small measure of the Word and light in every man's heart, which is there so that we might hear it and obey it; that is the word of faith that the Apostles preached. John 1:1-4, John 1:7,9, Rev 19:13-16,Rom 10:8,17, Deu 30:10-14, Eph 4:21. The words we hear and receive with meekness are engrafted into our heart. James 1:21. The words he speaks to us are Spirit and impart the life of God to us. John 6:63.]
12 Those by the wayside are those who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
13 Those on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; but they have no root. And although they believe for awhile, in time of testing [with affliction and persecution] they fall away. [When you hear the Lord speak to you, you have great joy! Every believer who takes up the inward cross of self-denial will eventually undergo trials of their faith with afflictions and persecutions — tribulations. As the great early Quaker, Isaac Penington wrote: "the way is long, the travel hard, the enemies and difficulties many." Some will be offended and fall away, back into the world.]
14 And that which fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go forth and are choked with the cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.2
15 But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word, keep it in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with steadfast endurance. [Every believer who takes up the inward cross of self-denial will eventually undergo a trial of their faith with affliction and persecution. Some will be offended and fall away, back into the world. "By your steadfast endurance do you possess your soul." Luke 21:19. Those who endure and persevere to the end, when Christ comes to bruise the head of Satan under your feet, produce fruit to perfection, which honors and glorifies the Father.]
16 No one, when he has lit a candle, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed; but he sets it on a stand, so that those who enter in may see the light. [One who produces fruit becomes a child of light, walking in the light of God; hearing what virtuous words to say, seeing what virtuous deeds to do, while being powered by God's Spirit — thus his words and works show the love of God to the world and bring honor, glory, and joy to God. When a person becomes a son of light, walking in the light, his light will shine brightly in the darkness of the world. There is no such thing as a secret, true Christian, who has entered the Kingdom of Heaven, in union with God, to become a light. God does not hide his lights of the earth. In 17th Century England, when tens of thousands early Quakers entered the kingdom, the Lord said to George Fox: "If only one man or woman were raised by his power, to stand and live in the same spirit that the prophets and apostles were in who gave forth the scriptures, that man or woman should shake all the country in their profession for ten miles round," (and with automobiles, that distance is much greater today.)]
17 For nothing is secret that shall not be made manifest [revealed]; neither is anything hidden that shall not be known and come out in the open. [All things that are reproved [sins] are made manifest [revealed] by the light. For whatever reveals is light, Eph 5:13; revealed by the light of the word, Jesus, who reproves every man of sin with light that reveals the sins of his heart to him, providing you wait on God, which is listening and watching for his teachings.]
18 Take heed therefore how you hear. For whoever has will be given more; and whoever does not have, from him shall be taken even that which he seems to have." [From the Word of the Lord within: "Only those who want to be clean can hear." You must listen carefully in silence to hear the Lord, and when you hear you must retain the words and obey any commands; the words he speaks to you impart the life of God, John 6:63. You must continue to hear more and obey all heard, or you will lose whatever progress you have made.]
19 Then his mother and his brothers came to him, and could not get near him for the crowd.
20 And it was told him, "Your mother and your brothers stand outside, desiring to see you."
21 And he answered and said to them, "My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God, and do it [obey]." [This is one of the critical verses to be understood. The Greek for word in this verse is logon <3056>, which in English means: 1) of speech; 1a) a word, uttered by a living voice, embodies a conception or idea; 1b) what someone has said. Hearing someone read words from the Bible does not make you a brother or relative of Jesus, but if you persistently and patiently go to Him, by sitting and waiting for Him in humble silence, listening for His words, and watching for His revelations, you will eventually become pure and be made a son of God, (a brother too, and co-heir with, Jesus), to be led and guided by Him in all your thoughts, words, and deeds. One hears Jesus, the word of God, speak to them from within their hearts; they believe in what they hear him speak to them to be true (thus to believe in Jesus), and so they obey him. From the Word of the Lord within: "Faith is to hear the Word of God and obey. Hear and live; the Spirit gives life with every word heard." As James wrote, "be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." James 1:22-24]
22 Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a boat with his disciples and he said to them, "Let us go over to the other side of the lake." And they set out.
23 But as they sailed he fell asleep, and a wind storm came on the lake, and they were being filled with water and were in jeopardy.
24 And they came to him and awoke him, saying, "Master, master, we perish!" Then he arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water; and they ceased, and there was a calm.
25 And he said to them, "Where is your faith?" And they being afraid wondered, saying to one another, "What manner of man is this! For he commands even the winds and water, and they obey him."
26 Then they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee.
27 And when he stepped out on land, a certain man out of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had wore no clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs.
28 And when he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him and with a loud voice said, "What have I to do with you, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beseech you, do not torment me!"
29 For Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and though he was kept bound with chains and in shackles, he broke the bonds and was driven into the wilderness by the demon.
30 Then Jesus asked him, saying, "What is your name?" And he said, "Legion." Because many demons had entered him.
31 And the demons begged him not to command them to go out into the abyss [bottomless pit].
32 Now a herd of many pigs was there feeding on the mountain; and they begged him to allow them to enter into them. And he allowed them.
33 Then the demons went out of the man and entered into the pigs, and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake and were drowned.
34 When those who fed them saw what was done, they fled and went and told it in the city and in the country.
35 Then the people went out to see what had happened. And they came to Jesus and found the man out of whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.
36 And those who had seen it told them how he who was possessed by the demons was healed.
37 Then the people of the country of the Gadarenes asked Jesus to depart from them, for they were taken with great fear. So he went up into the boat and departed.
38 Now the man out of whom the demons had departed begged him that he might go with him. But Jesus sent him away, saying,
39 "Return to your own house and tell what great things God has done for you." So he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city the great things Jesus had done for him.
40 And it came to pass, that when Jesus returned, the people gladly received him, for they were all waiting for him.
41 Then a man named Jairus who was a ruler of the synagogue, came and fell down at Jesus' feet, and begged him to come into his house,
42 For he had only one daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. And as he went, the people thronged him.
43 And a woman who had suffered from an issue of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her living upon physicians, but none could heal her,
44 Came up behind him and touched the border of his garment, and immediately her issue of blood stopped.
45 And Jesus said, "Who touched me?" When all denied it, Peter and those who were with him said, "Master, the multitude crowds you and presses you, and say you, 'Who touched me?'"
46 But Jesus said, "Someone has touched me, for I perceive that power is gone out of me."
47 And when the woman saw that she was could not hide, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she explained to him in front of all the people why she had touched him and how she was healed immediately.
48 And he said to her, "Daughter, be of good comfort, your faith has made you whole. Go in peace."
49 Now while he still spoke, someone from the ruler of the synagogue's house came and said to Jairus, "Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Master."
50 But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, "Fear not; only believe, and she will be healed."
51 And when he came into the house, he allowed no one to go in with him except Peter and James and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden.
52 Now all the people were weeping and wailing for her; but he said, "Do not weep; she is not dead but sleeping."
53 But they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead.
54 And he put them all out, and took her by the hand and said, "Maid, arise."
55 And her spirit returned again, and she arose immediately; and he told them to give her something to eat.
56 And her parents were astonished. But he ordered them to tell no one what had happened.
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1 Who is the sower that sows the seed, and who is speaking the word of God? It obviously is the Holy Spirit, whom is promised by Jesus to guide us into all truth and teach us all things. Now, since the Holy Spirit is the sower, do you think he is reading scriptures to people? Or if you think the Holy Spirit teaches you when you read the Bible, ask yourself this: 1) How can you learn all things and all truth by reading the Bible? All things and all truth are not in the Bible. 2) If you can learn from the Holy Spirit by reading the Bible, why, with millions of people reading the Bible every day, are there 41,000 different sects in Christendom today, each with a different opinion as to what the Bible means; when the purpose of the Holy Spirit is one faith, all to be in the unity of the Spirit? Clearly the sower is the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is speaking words to his listeners in their hearts, in complete recognition of their individual characteristics and requirements, in language that is tailored to each listener, in regard to subjects and mysteries that are not included in scriptures. Clearly the word of God, who is the spirit of Christ in your heart, is not scriptures.
2 they have heard, go forth and are choked with the cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. People hear Jesus speak to them from within their hearts. Sometimes the devil takes what they have heard away immediately, even before they can understand and remember. Some hear, and receive it with great enthusiasm and joy; they obey for awhile, and then they fall to temptation to disobey what they understand God requires; and then they forget. Some hear but then fail to grow because they are choked with worries of the world, pursuit of riches, and indulging in pleasures; therefore they never mature as a Christian, which is to produce fruit. What fell on the good ground, (heard by a dedicated, hungry soul), brought fruit to perfection by perseverance — you must persevere to the end, when you see Christ bring your salvation and you are translated into the Kingdom of God. You must continue to make seeking and obedience the highest priority in your life, not only for salvation and union with Christ, but to avoid the fate of fire for the trees and branches that do not product fruit.
Fruit to perfection, refers to producing the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace (quietness and confident trust forever), patience (including longsuffering, steadfastness, and perseverance), kindness (including morality and integrity), goodness, faith, gentleness (including meekness and humility), and self-control (mastery of sensual appetites, passions, and desires); this involves ridding yourself of sexual immorality (including adultery and fornication), impurity, lust, idolatry (including covetousness), sorcery, hatred, arguments, jealousy, anger, ambition, divisiveness, factions, envy, drunkenness, revelry (partying), and the like. Gal 5:19-23. and When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified, and you show that you are truly my disciples [true followers]. John 15:8.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me, and I in him, he produces much fruit; for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:4-6. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Mat 7:18-20. And Produce fruit worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. Luke 3:7-9. And If a person does not abide in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken-off] branch, which withers; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and they are burned. John 15:6. Do not say to Him, "I am a saved believer in Jesus; I don't have to be obedient to all of Jesus' commands in order to produce fruit." For He will likely tell you: Depart from me you workers of lawlessness, for I have never known you. Mat 7:21-23.
Fruit is produced through seeking the Lord, through silent waiting for him, listening for his voice, hearing his words and planting them in your heart to stay, and obeying them as directed from God.
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