Summary: The central theme of the ministry of Jesus is the Kingdom of God. In Luke chapter 8 we are looking at Jesus introducing the Kingdom to bystanders and then beginning to explain "mysteries of the Kingdom" to His disciples.
I. THE KINGDOM
A. The driving theme of the ministry of Jesus is the Kingdom of God.
1. The Kingdom of God is the realm of God, visible or invisible, where God’s systems and ways of doing things are already established and working.
B. Throughout the New Testament we see the development of the Kingdom of God.
1. Matthew 3:1-2: John the Baptist declared that the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand!
2. Luke 17:21: Jesus declares that the “Kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”
3. Luke 19:14: Israel refuses to accept the Kingdom
4. Luke 8:10: Because Israel originally rejected the Kingdom of God our Heavenly Father established it in the earth through the Church. He said, “Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God.”
a) 1 Corinthians 4:1 calls ministers “stewards of the mysteries of God.”
b) 1 Corinthians 13:2 alludes to the fact that through the supernatural ministry of the prophetic we can understand all mysteries and knowledge.
c) 1 Corinthians 14:2 declares that those who speak with other tongues are speaking spiritual mysteries. (Herein lies the necessity for the interpretation of tongues.) - JESUS WAS A HOLY GHOST MAN!
d) Today His Kingdom is manifested in ministry form through the Church.
5. Rev. 11:15, 19:16, 20:4: The Kingdom of God will eventually manifest itself in literal form on the earth at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. This is known as the Millennial Reign of Christ
6. 2 Peter 1:11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. - The final phase is the establishment of God’s Kingdom forever throughout the endless ages of eternity!
II. THE SEED IS THE WORD - LUKE 8:11
A. The Seed IS the Word of God!
1. There have been many opinions about what “the seed” is from various ministers throughout the ages but Jesus said, “THE SEED IS THE WORD OF GOD!”
a) The message of redemption (purchased out of) through Jesus Christ is “the seed of the Word of God.”
b) The message of salvation from sin and justification by faith…
c) The message of sanctification, holiness and righteousness
d) The messages of healing and miracles provided in the atonement are…
e) The message of divine provision, unexplainable peace, supernatural joy…
f) Preach the Word Preacher! You are responsible for casting seed.
(1) It’s the peoples responsibility to provide the soil! (Become Good Ground!)
B. 4 Types of Soil: The parable of the sower addresses the different responses of people as they respond to the seed (the Word of God)!
1. 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.
a) These are the skeptical, superficial Christians. Those who punch the clock and go home…
b) It’s very easy for the devil to talk them out of the truths of God’s Word.
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 fall away.
a) These are those who are shallow in their faith. There is a lot of flash, desire for attention, attempts to appear spiritual but when the tough times hit they wither and die because they have no real root system. They are the shouters and professors but not the possessors!
b) They can’t be taught because they are unrepentant. Its very easy for Satan to destroy their seed because they have so depth…
3. 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.
a) These are the folks who allow the desire for worldly things to choke out the Word. They get offended when you talk to them about living separate and holy. The term “sanctification (set aside for a holy purpose) is viewed as an “old school doctrine” so they reject it in favor of a “more modern” theology.
b) They are easily offended because their faith is more about them and what they can receive than about servanthood and Christ. They are usually busybodies and become troublemakers especially when things don’t go their way.
c) They are very easy targets for Satan. All He has to do is promise them the moon, convince them that if they’re in a battle it means they have missed God and tell them they don’t have to be accountable to Spiritual Authority.
d) This is where most of the modern church is today. (But, God still has a remnant!)