THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, THE OBJECT OF WHICH IS TO “BEAR FRUIT”:
THE FRUIT OF LOVE
(Luke 8:1-3) And it came to pass afterward [after dinner at a Pharisees house where a woman “stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment” Luke 7:38 whose sins “are forgiven”], that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and showing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward [Gk: domestic manager], and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance [Gk: property or possessions].
1. glad tidings = Gk: to announce good news ("evangelize") espec. the gospel:--declare, bring (declare, show) glad (good) tidings, preach (the gospel).
(Luke 8:4-8) And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him [by the sea of Galilee] out of every city, he spake by a parable: A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down [by men], and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
(Luke 8:9,10) And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
(Luke 8:11-15) Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil [the wicked one, Satan], and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation [Gk: a putting to proof] fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection [Gk: to completion (maturity)]. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
1. fall away = Gk: to remove, i.e. instigate to revolt.; usually to desist, desert, etc.:--depart, draw (fall) away, refrain, withdraw self.
(Luke 8:16-18) No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed [hides it]; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light. For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath [seeing and understanding: Luke 8:10], to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not [seeing and understanding: Luke 8:10], from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.
1. (Psa 139:12) Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
(Luke 8:19-21) Then came to him his mother and his brethren [brothers and sisters], and could not come at him for the press [of people standing round about Him]. And it was told him by certain which said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee. And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear [Gk: understand] the word of God, and do it.
1. (Mat 13:54-56) And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?