Sermon:
Mathew 13

By Dr M Zigas

4 types of Christians

We see from this scripture of St Mathew, that Jesus spoke to the crowd with parables. He spoke in parables so as to not cast pearls before the swine, so as to not lay out a step by step process, as this, due to human nature, would come under question, would be dissected, discussed and argued about.
So he spoke this way that the inquiring mind would search the truth of the parable within, and from within, understanding through the Holy Spirit would come. More importantly, He spoke thus knowing that what was to be written would be adapted to ALL geographical areas of the globe. He knew that no matter what race, what colour, or where people are located, the scripture would be interpreted by the Holy Ghost correctly, for that area. Do you understand this??

Jesus sets out basically four types of Christians here:
1. The seed swallowed up by the birds
2. the seed growing in a rocky place
3. the seed growing amongst thorns
4. the seed growing in good soil

Lets look at these shall we.

Now the seed swallowed up by the birds: In 19 Jesus explains that there will be those that hear the Word of the Kingdom, but that it will go right over there heads, and as they start to dwell on it, old Snake Eyes, comes to put question, doubt and disbelief in their minds, so ANY lingering thoughts would be taken away, dumped, forgotten about, thrown in the trash.

In these present times, we see New Age, Wicca, Satan worship and the like, coming through. Snakes eyes is having a field day here, with such a multitude of ripe souls to pluck. He might be shining bright with white light, now, attracting the feeble minded and weak of heart, like moths to a flame, but rest assured that his own light will blind him, his own flames devour him along with all those shallow souls that followed him. No, these are a waste of time, but let US not decide that, even knowing that we waste our time, it is not US that decides but the Lord. Knowing most of these people will mostly ignore you, even turn away from you should not deter a stout Christian. We are STILL to give them the Word of the coming Kingdom and it is THEY that do with that word as they will. “Bible bashing” and pestering these people is to no avail, the further from God they will go if you do. Nay, just the word and let the Holy Ghost take it from there.

The seed growing in a rocky place; How many happy clappy churches do you see these days? How many “Brothers and Sisters” do you meet that precede and end everything they say with “the Lord told me…” or “the Holy spirit came upon me” etc I know many, many such people, and I pray for them.

These people literally burst forth with righteousness and espouse scripture at every turn. They seem really Holy. BUT, start to point out the truth in scripture, of verse in context and where they are blatantly erroneous in their interpretation, or watch them meet the Devil head on, and look what happens. They end up