The parable explained in this Lord's Words Bible study document is, Parable of the Kingdom and the Sower. I will show you who the sower is. what the seed is, and what the Kingdom of heaven is liken unto, (or, a way of explaining what it can be compared to.)
All scripture taken from the King James Bible
Let us begin this Bible study with a prayer, O God, thy heavenly Father, grant me the wisdom and knowledge, so that I may be able to understand this document, in Jesus name. Amen.
Matthew 13 verses 3-9 as well as, 18 - 30 which explains verses 3-9, so I will put both together, as well as other scripture to help explain this parable. Please refer to - Parable of the Kingdom and Sower Scripture Definitions, for help with various word meanings.
Matt.13: 3-4 - And he (Jesus) spake many things unto them (the people), saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; (4) And when he sowed, some [seed] fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
Matt.13:37 - He (Jesus) answered and said unto them, (the disciples), He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; (Jesus)
Matt. 13:18-19 - Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. (19) - When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it 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.
"Heart" - is mind
You hear the words, but you are not able to understand the meaning, and the wicked one, Satan or the devil, is right there to make sure what you did hear is taken away.
The "fowls" referred to in verse 4, is the wicked one --the devil, an evil spirit in this case.
Matt. 13:5-6 - Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forth with they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: (6) And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
Matt. 13:20-21 - But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and annon with joy received it; (21) - Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
In the beginning you are very happy to hear and understand the word of God, but as soon a trouble or tribulation comes along and/or you may become persecuted for believing you quickly forget or deny God.
Matt.13:7 - And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
Matt.13:22 - He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
The word "thorns," are evil spirits, or undesirable characteristics which are to be rejected and that will be burned in the end - See Heb.6:8, also see Tares
The "fruit," being referred to, is the characteristics or the fruit of the Spirit, - see list below.
In this case you hear the word, but you would rather do you own thing, that is your own pleasures take precedents over those of God's commandments and the good characteristics and the word of God is choked or destroyed in the mind of the person, because they become more interested in the cares and riches and pleasures of (this) life. - Luke 8:14, and they become unfruitful, that is, they do not strive to work and develop their good characteristics - the fruits of the Spirit, and bring forth other good qualities, as well as, teach others or bring others to understand this and the word of the Lord.
Matt.13:8 - But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
Matt.13:23 - But he that receiveth seed in good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.
If you hear the word and bring forth the good characteristics or qualities - that is, the fruit of the Spirit, and understand this and bring forth more good qualities as well as pass the understanding along to others, then you become a sower of the seed; so long as you do not lose your faith and you are not deceived. - See - Word, Sower and Seed in - Parable of the Kingdom and Sower Scriptural Definitions
Matt.13:9 - Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
The following are the lists of "the fruits of the Spirit," the good characteristics, or qualities, and "the works of the flesh" the bad characteristics or qualities.
The fruits of the Spirit The works of the fleshlove - non sexual
adultery joy fornication peace uncleanness longsuffering lasciviousness gentleness idolatry goodness witchcraft faith hatred meekness variance temperance emulations wrath strife seditions heresies envyings murder drunkness revellings
This is the "good fruit" This is the "bad fruit" or good tree/"the tree or bad tree of life" Do the above things and you will Doing these things you will not inherit the kingdom of God/ inherit the kingdom of God/kingdom kingdom of heaven of heaven
The "fruit of the Spirit," are the things which Jesus taught and basis of many of the scripture throughout the entire Bible.
If you do not understand what some of the above words mean in "biblical terms," please see Works of the Flesh Word Definitions or look them up in a concordance, as they may mean something different in biblical terms than as we know and understand the words in todays terminology. You can use the Bible Tools found on my index page, if you do not have a concordance.
If you live in the Spirit let us also walk in the Spirit - See - Parable of the Fruit--Tree of Life
walk in the Spirit - Gal.5:16
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. - Rom.6:12; That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man (or, person) which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man (or, person), which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. - Eph.4:22-24
It is the "works of the flesh," that we must strive to overcome, to conquer or to gain the victory over, (the words and/or phrases, "overcome," "conquer" and "gain the victory," have been thoroughly explained in the document, Four Horses of Revelation.) You see, with the help and strength of Jesus Christ, he will purge the works of the flesh from you, and you can overcome these works - you can conquer, and you can gain the victory over the works of the flesh, and then you can enter the kingdom of God/kingdom of heaven. The works of the flesh are not allowed in the kingdom of God/kingdom of heaven. By conquering and overcoming the works of the flesh, you become a "new creature" - new person. And pray for the peace of Jerusalem - the "new city," (this has been explained in the document, Fountain of Living Waters vs. Cisterns; Born Again (or, From Above)
However, let me show you what it says in -
Rev.21:6-8 - And he (Jesus - the Spirit) said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of water of life freely. (7) He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. (8) But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, the murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. - See - Fountain of Living Waters; Furnace of Fire/Lake of Fire and Brimstone
To enter the kingdom of heaven - you need to overcome the works of the flesh and strive to do the fruits of the Spirit and keep the commandments of God, as well as believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, born of a woman, was crucified for our sins, resurrected on the third day and now sits on the right hand of God waiting to return, if you believe this, and do fruit of the Spirit and keep the commandments of God, all of them and do not deny him, then you will inherit all things - the kingdom of God/kingdom of heaven.
Also see - Parable of the Sower - Mark and Luke version, as there is more information in those documents that is not be in this one, as I would just be repeating myself too much.
Now let me explain the phrase -
an hundredfold - Matt. 13:8
Gen.26:12 - Then Isaac sowed in that land, and the LORD blessed him
John 15:5 - I (Jesus) 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 (Jesus) ye can do nothing.
Col. 1:3-6 - We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, (4) Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love [which ye have] to all the saints, (5) For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; (6) Which is come unto you, as [it is] in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as [it doth] also in you since the day ye heard [of it] and knew the grace of God in truth:
fruit - John15:5
Hosea 14:8 - Ephraim [shall say,] What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard [him,] (God), and observed him: I (Jesus) [am] like a green fir tree. From me (Jesus) is thy fruit found.
Phil. 4:3 - I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. - See - John 15:5 above again, also see II Cor. 12:9
bringeth forth fruit - Col. 1:6
John 15:16 - Ye have not chosen me, but I (Jesus) have chosen you, and ordained 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.
From me (Jesus) is thy fruit found - Hosea 14:8
James 1:17 - Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. - See - Spiritual Gifts of God and One Christ--Many Members
Also see the list of "the fruits of the Spirit," above. With the help and strength (or, grace) of Jesus Christ, you can bring forth the fruits of the Spirit. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem - the "new city," which I have explained in Fountain of Living Waters vs. Cisterns; as well as, Mark of the Beast--666
So "fruit" are those who have heard and understood the word and they do not fall by the wayside, they do not turn away in difficult times, they continue to persevere in times of tribulation or persection and do not become offended. They are also the ones who do not put their own riches and pleasures ahead of their relationship or closeness with God.
Those who teach, are chosen by Jesus, and ordained by him to teach others and bring forth fruit - John 15:16; Some may bring forth a hundredfold, some sixtyfold and some thirtyfold - Matt.13:8; And you can do all things through Christ which strengthens you - Phil. 4:13
Also see - Parable of Brethren With Jesus Christ, as well as, Sword of the Spirit--Word of God
This next parable is one of many about the kingdom of heaven, I will deal with the "spirit" aspect of this parable Please refer to Parable of the Kingdom and Sower Scripture Definitions for help.
Matt. 13:24 - Another parable put he (Jesus) forth unto them, saying The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
The "good seed," would be the "good" characteristics or qualities - "the fruits of the Spirits."
Matt. 13:25-30 - But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. (26) - But when the blade was sprung up and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. (27) - So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it tares? (28) - He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? (or remove them) (29) - But he (Jesus) said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them (30) - Let both grow together until the harvest; and in the time of harvest, I will say to reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn.
So what Jesus is trying to tell us in this parable, of the Kingdom of Heaven is that it similar to the Parable of the Sower, in that, a man sowed good seed in his field, but while he slept, the enemy, or the devil - the worker of darkness, came along and sowed bad seed (bad or negative words, thoughts or ideas) in the same field with the good seed. The servants of the man asked him - do you want us to go out and remove the bad seed? the man said - No, because you might remove some of the good seed, just leave it alone, when it is time to harvest, I will send the angels, (the reapers) out to gather the bad seed first and burn them and bring the good seed into the barn. Jesus will deal with the enemy, or the devil when he returns, we are to concentrate on spreading the good seed, (characteristics and qualities,) the word of God and keep God's commandments.
Let us keep in mind that I am giving you the "spirit realm" explanation of this the parable not reality one here, (the reality being something that you can see and touch, eg., a chair, a table, etc.)
The "field" is the world - Matt. 13:38. So the "field," is your brain, in which both spiritual and reality messages take place in your brain. This can not only happen while you are awake, but while you are sleeping as well, in the form of dreams. So the kingdom of heaven that Jesus is referring to here takes place in your brain.
In the Parable of the Kingdom and the Sower, we have to have a good understanding of : -
The answer to question -
1) What is the seed? The seed is the word of God - Luke 8:11, and the "fruits of the Spirit," - Gal.5:22-23
2) Where is the kingdom, and where is the seed sown? Well since the seed is the word of God, it will not do any good to sow the word of God in the ground, so - the word of the kingdom is sown in his (your) heart (or, mind) - Matt. 13:19, Mark 4:15 and Luke 8:12. The word is sown in your heart (or, mind,) therefore, the kingdom of heaven that Jesus is referring to here, is in your mind.
Also see -Parable of the Kingdom and the Sower Scriptural Definitions
This document is meant to help you understand your Bible more easily, however, it may not give you all the answers, you will need to study your Bible as well as read other documents, but let no one deceive you, prove all things; hold fast that which is good, because, ultimately, you, are responsible for your own salvation.
Let us end this Bible study with a prayer - O God thy heavenly Father, please help me to be a better person each day, to follow the commandments, and help me to strive each day to be more in thy presence, in Jesus name I ask. Amen.