(Mark 4:13,14) And he [Jesus] said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? The sower soweth the word. (Luke 8:11) Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
1. Commentary: It is quite appriopriate to start off the new year with what is, according to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the most important parable in the Bible, “The sower soweth the word.” Gospel writers Matthew, Mark, and Luke each rendered their version of this foundational parable that Jesus first delivered in a “tongue” to the multitude of listening people, and then almost immediately thereafter Jesus “interpretated that tongue” solely for His hearing disciples (who had ears to hear). The delivered parable revolves around “the seeds” that are the words of God being sown into the soil/hearts of the listeners. Given the importance of this parable (according to Jesus), many believing Christians are surprised to learn that John, the fourth and last Gospel writer, did not repeat, as did the preceeding three Gospel writers, a version of this particular tongue nor its interpretation.
2. Commentary: However, John was highly blessed by Jesus insofar as John was enabled by Jesus to render another thoroughly related culmination or capstone parable to the “seed” parable, which is the “fruit” parable. “Seed” sown into a receptive heart, will bring forth “fruit.” The “fruit” of the seed sown in Matthew, Mark, and Luke is what John spoke of in the following parable. Ultimately, the “fruit” of Father God’s “seed” is love.
(John 15:1,2) I am the true vine [Gk: a vine (as coiling about a support)], and my Father is the husbandman [Gk: farmer]. Every branch [Gk: limb or shoot] in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth [Gk: cleanses, prunes] it, that it may bring forth more fruit. [Jesus Christ is the true vine; Father God is the husbandmen; we are the branches]
(John 15:3-8) Now ye are clean [in comparison to being defiled] through the word [through the “washing of water by the word” of God: Eph 5:26] which I have spoken unto you. Abide [Gk: stay: continue, dwell, endure, remain] in me [in “the Word [that] was made flesh, and dwelt among us” John 1:14, i.e., in the Bible], and I in you [i.e., live in me and I shall live in you]. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered [Gk: desiccated, shriveled: dried up] [by lack of water, by lack of the word of God, by lack of the Holy Spirit]; and men [“his angels” Mat 13:41] gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask [pray for] what ye will, and it shall be done unto you [insofar as your thoughts have been transformed (Rom 12:2) into God’s thoughts]. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
SERVANT OR FRIEND?
(John 15:9-16) As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen [Gk: selected] me, but I have chosen [Gk: selected] you, and ordained [Gk: placed: appointed] you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
(John 15:17-19) These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world [the world is a seed], but I have chosen you [Gk: selected you] out of the world [What comes out of the logos seed? Answer: the rhema fruit], therefore the world hateth you.
REMEMBER THE WORD, Gk: logos
(John 15:20-27) Remember the word [Gk: logos; the seed] that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also [because your sayings are His sayings]. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke [cover] for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. But when the Comforter [Gk: intercessor, consoler: advocate] is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me [he shall reveal the rhema; the fruit]: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.