(Luke 8:11)  Now the parable is this: The seed is the word [logos] of God.


(John 1:14)  And the Word [of God - logos] was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. [When did He receive the glory that his disciples beheld?]

1.       (Mat 3:16,17)  And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he [John the Baptist] saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

2.       (Mark 1:9-11)  And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. And straightway coming up out of the water, he [John the Baptist] saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

3.       dove = Heb: a dove (appar. from the warmth of their mating):--dove, pigeon /// to effervesce; wine (as fermented); by impl. intoxication:--banqueting, wine, wine [-bibber].

4.       (Luke 3:21-23 & 4:1,2) Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli, //// (Luke 4:1,2)  And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.

5.       (John 1:28-34)  These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing. The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world [kosmos vs. aion]. This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode [remained] upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost [i.e. dove]. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.


(Rom 12:1,2)  I beseech you therefore, brethren [saved, born-again], by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies [i.e. vessels - containers] a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed [to the same pattern] to this world: but be ye transformed [to a different pattern] by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove [discern] what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

1.       (Luke 2:40)  And the child grew, and waxed strong [increased in vigor: be strenghtened] in spirit, [being] filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

2.       (2 Pet 3:18)  But grow in grace [the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude], and in the knowledge [understanding] of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

3.       (Luke 2:42)  And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. ////  (Luke 2:45-47)  And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days [symbol of the death, burial, and resurrection] they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors [instructors: masters, teachers (of the Law)], both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

4.       Commentary: The water of the word (seed – logos: John 1:14) was made flesh, as the body of Jesus the man (child). Jesus is the express seed, the Word of God, the Bible. The seed grew naturally (His body) and spiritually (His mind). Metaphorically speaking, He grew in understanding of the world (natural) and in understanding of heaven (spiritual). At “about thirty years of age” (the original qualifying age of entrance into the priesthood: Num 4:3) when Jesus the man (child) attained full maturity, when the seed of Him had grown up and matured into a fully ripened tree of life, He ceremoniously received the symbol of the full anointing [Aaron: Lev 8:12], the dove from heaven, and became Jesus the Christ (He entered into the priesthood). The water of the seed had been progressively, supernaturally, transformed over thirty years of growth into wine (fruit – rhema - revelation), much like fine wine fermenting in a wooden keg.

5.       Commentary: This exact same supernatural transformation is experienced in us when we become born-again, i.e. when we willingly receive the seed of Jesus Christ, the word of God, into our body. However, we experience this transformation as a much slower jagged (2 steps forward, one back) process because of the sin existing in us (Psa 51:5; Gal 3:22; 1 John 1:8) which inhibits, hinders, obstructs, blocks, limits our understanding of God. In Jesus the transformation was smoothly progressive (no obstructions) because in Him was “no sin” (5 Cor 5:21; 1 Pet 2:22; 1 John 3:5).

6.       (Mat 7:13,14)  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction [damnation], and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate [narrow (from obstacles standing close about)], and narrow [to crowd:--afflict, throng, suffer tribulation, trouble] is the way [road], which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.


Commentary: This supernatural transformation from the water of the word into the wine of the word is immediately exemplified by Jesus’ very first miracle, that of transforming the water in the six waterpots of stone, representing the vessels or bodies of men and women, into wine (John 2:1-11).



(John 2:1-11)  And the third day [symbol of the death, burial, and resurrection] there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee [symbol of the marriage supper of the Lamb]; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted [lacked] wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come [symbol of His crucifixion on the cross for the sins of the world]. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece [18 or 27 gallons x 7 lbs = 126 or 189 pounds]. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water [i.e. the word of God, the Bible]. And they filled them up to the brim [with the Bible]. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

1.       (Exo 16:15-18)  And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna [“bread from heaven” John 6:31,32]: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat. This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents. And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less. And when they did mete [measure] it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating.

2.       (John 6:31-35)  Our fathers did eat manna in the desert [lonesome, waste: desert, desolate, solitary, wilderness]; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.


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