Chapter 93

Fruit Bearing: The Seed Of Love


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(John 15:1,2)  I [Jesus Christ] am the true vine [Gk: vine (as coiling about a support)], and my Father is the husbandman [Gk: farmer]. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away [“and they are burned” John 15:6]: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it [Gk: cleanses: prunes], that it may bring forth more fruit.


(Mat 13:18)  Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower [the one who sows the fruit seeds].

1.      (Mark 4:13,14)  And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? The sower soweth the word [Gk: logos].

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

a.       (John 6:63)  It is the spirit that quickeneth [Gk: gives life]; the flesh [the seed body] profiteth nothing: the words [Gk: rhema] that I speak unto you, they are spirit [i.e., the spirit that comes out of the flesh – out of the seed body], and they are life.

b.      (John 12:48)  He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words [Gk: rhema = Grace (revelations)], hath one that judgeth him: the word [Gk: logos = Law] that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.


(Mat 13:19)  When any one heareth the word [Gk: logos] of the kingdom [words are (seed) containers for thoughts], and understandeth it [Gk: to put together, i.e. (mentally) to comprehend:--consider, be wise] not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side [Gk: road side].

1.      (Mark 4:15)  And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

2.      (Luke 8:12)  Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.


(Mat 13:20,21)  But he that received the seed into stony places [of his heart], the same is he that heareth the word [of love], and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself [Prov 12:3; Isa 11:10, 53:2; Rom 15:12; Rev 5:5; 22:16], but dureth [Gk: endures] for a while: for when tribulation [Gk: pressure: affliction, trouble] [originated by things or events] or persecution [originated by people] ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended [Gk: ("scandalized"); entrapped; tripped up (stumbles), enticed to sin].

1.      (Mark 4:16,17)  And these are they likewise [“likewise” to what? Likewise to the way side] which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.

a.       (Isa 11:10)  And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign [Heb: banner, sign] of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

b.      (Rev 5:5)  And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

2.      (Luke 8:13)  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: testing] fall away [Gk: to remove themselves, i.e. revolt; desert, etc.:--depart, draw (fall) away, withdraw self].

a.       (1 John 2:18,19)  Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist [Gk: an opponent of the Messiah] shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest [Gk: apparent: declared] that they were not all of us.


(Mat 13:22)  He also that received seed among the thorns [of his heart] is he that heareth the word; and the care [Gk: distractions] of this world, and the deceitfulness [Gk: delusions] of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful [Gk: barren: without fruit].

1.      (Mark 4:18,19)  And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts [Gk: a longing (espec. for what is forbidden)] of other things entering in, choke [Gk: to strangle completely /// take by the throat] the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

2.      (Luke 8:14)  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 be a bearer to completion (maturity), i.e. to ripen fruit (fig.)].


(Mat 13:23)  But he that received seed into the good ground [of his heart] is he that heareth the word [Gk: logos] [each (every) of the four soils “heard” the word], and understandeth it [Gk: to put together, i.e. (mentally) to comprehend:--consider, be wise]; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty [depending upon our willingness, our various abilities, and our obedience (understanding)].

1.      (Mark 4:20)  And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

2.      (Luke 8:15)  But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it [Gk: hold fast, keep in memory, possess, retain], and bring forth fruit with patience [Gk: cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy:--enduring, patience, patient continuance (waiting)].



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