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7/27/16 – A characteristic of the Kingdom of God (heaven)

Published: Wednesday, 27 July 2016 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.  25But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.  “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”  Matthew 13:24-30

This is one of about 30 parables told by Jesus to help people understand what the Kingdom of God is like.  Matthew, Chapter 13, contains several parables that describe the Kingdom of God.  This is one that is referred to as the “Parable of the Weeds.”  There is one point to every parable, and this one is that evil will not exist in the Kingdom of God.  People (as well as Satan and all of his demons) will be removed from the presence of Believers when Jesus returns.  Before Jesus returns, good and evil coexist in this world.

 

I would not doubt that every human being has had the thought of why God allows evil in the world.  Instead of thinking that God allows evil, it is more like God allows free will with people.  This free will is misused when people choose a life-style that is self-oriented.  You may want to say that self is not necessarily evil.  I would disagree with you when you consider that the Bible clearly describes the Kingdom of God as a dying to self and living for God.  Self is evil and not Godly.  There is nothing righteous or good about the self.  Read Romans 3:23. 

This is why Jesus and Paul made a major point that Believers were to experience a transformation of the heart, mind, and soul.  This transformation was from living a self-oriented life that is conformed to this world to a life that loves God and serves others.  This is a difficult teaching, but the parable above clearly identifies that evil (weeds) will coexist with the good (wheat).

Believers should understand this parable speaks to the heart of every person.  With acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, Believers must allow God to work through the events in their lives to change the condition of their hearts.  This is accomplished through the power of the Holy Spirit in a Believer’s life.  “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in your life, will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6  This “good work” is to prepare Believers for the Kingdom of God while living among the evil.  Therefore, as a Believer, do not become frustrated, vengeful, or angry about the evil in this world.  Your transformation is God’s purpose for your life as a living testimony of the good news of Jesus Christ to the evil. Do not ruin this testimony that comes straight from God.

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