Summary: We must become like the corn of wheat before we can bring forth fruit in our lives. We must also be willing to become as an corn of wheat and have our lives hid in Christ. Let the world see Jesus living in us. Let our lights shine. (John 12:24 KJV) Veri
by tony abram 11 Jan. 1996
(John 12:24 KJV) Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
(John 12:25 KJV) He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
(John 12:26 KJV) If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
Certain changes take place when the Corn is planted under the ground out of sight.
I. The hard dry shell SOFTENS.
(Rom 2:4 KJV) Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
A. tears of repentance
(Acts 20:19 KJV) Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:
II. THE STARCH TURNS TO SUGAR
(2 Cor 5:17 KJV) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
(Phil 3:21 KJV) Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
A. We become sweeter.
(Rom 5:5 KJV) And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
1. How? God shows us His Love.
(1 John 4:9 KJV) In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
2. We show God our love for him.
(1 John 5:3 KJV) For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
3. We keep our selves sweet.
(Jude 1:21 KJV) Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
III. THE CORN OF WHEAT OPENS--Open to God’s Word and Will in our Lives!
(Luke 8:15 KJV) But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
A. Open to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
(Rom 8:14 KJV) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons
(Psa 37:23 KJV) The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he
delighteth in his way.
(Prov 3:5 KJV) Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine
(Prov 3:6 KJV) In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
IV. The Corn of Wheat buried then Gives
(Luke 6:38 KJV) Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed
down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For
with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
(Luke 21:3 KJV) And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow
hath cast in more than they all:
A. Story of Bible School in England
B. Chile with check for $50
C. Check in Australia with Swedish family
D. Give our Life.
(Mark 8:35 KJV) For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever
shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
V. The Corn of Wheat then brings forth Fruit!
(Gal 5:22 KJV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith,
(Gal 5:23 KJV) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
(Psa 1:3 KJV) And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that
bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and
whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
(Mat 13:23 KJV) But he that received seed into the good ground is he that
heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth
forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
(John 15:2 KJV) Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and
every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more
(John 15:5 KJV) 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.
(Col 3:1 KJV) If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are