Summary: The Parable of the Sower
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
We are going to pick up right where we left off this morning. Let’s do a quick review just so we know that we are all on the same page and understand what we are talking about. This morning we started talking about “The Parable of the Sower.”
Have you ever heard people say, “Everything happens for a reason?” It is true, everything does happen for a reason and that reason is found in this parable. We are going to discover over the next few weeks some very important truths:
➢ This parable explains what God does, how He does it and why.
➢ It explains what Satan does, how he does it and why.
➢ It explains what happens to you, what you should do, and why you should do it.
➢ The answer to every problem that affects mankind, including health problems, premature death, financial problems and relationship problems, is to be found in this one parable.
I am going to give you a recap of what this parable is all about. We must understand these simple truths to understand this parable and all the other parables that Jesus teaches. Just to be sure we got it all:
➢ The seed is the Word. God’s ONLY tool is the Word of God. Everything He does, He does through the Word!
➢ The sower is God. He is scattering seed daily and Satan is trying to pick it up.
➢ The ground is you. The ground determines all the results of the sowing.
God is scattering seed, or also known as the spoken word, or rhema word, in several ways.
1. The written Word of God is seed. That one is the obvious one.
2. The Word can come to you not only by it being written down, but also through the foolishness of preaching and teaching.
3. Another way God scatters seed is through the Holy Spirit speaking to your spirit.
This is where we left off this morning. We need to look at our text. Paul says:
I. THE MIRACLE-WORKING WORD
“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ (The Word of God): for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one who believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
➢ The Greek word for power is dunamis, which means miracle-working, supernatural power, intent and ability.
➢ The Greek word for salvation is soteria, which means rescue, safety and deliverance.
If you need rescued, if you need to be made safe, if you need to be healed, if you need to be set free or delivered in any way, the Gospel, the Word carries that power. This dynamite, miracle-working power, is available to anyone who believes. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, it doesn’t matter what economic standing you have with the society. Every person can access the power of God to receive deliverance and protection. Remember, there is a condition. It is available to every person that believes. We must believe the Word, the Gospel! If we will choose to believe the Word, it will set us free and deliver us!
➢ Believe in the Greek is pistis and it means faith, trust, confidence or belief.
“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ (The Word of God): for it is the (dunamis) power of God unto salvation (soteria) to every one who believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
In order for the Word to work in our lives, we must have faith! That means we must believe it! That means have faith, trust, confidence and belief! Living by faith is a lifestyle, but a lot of people want to treat living by faith as an emergency measure. When we receive bad news, when we make a bad investment or when our children make bad decisions, we want to run to God. We want to crank the lever of faith as if God were a jack-in-the-box that pops up when we call. We think that living by faith is like pulling up to the window at a fast food restaurant and put our order in for a miracle. It doesn’t work that way.
Romans 1:17, “The just, those that have been declared righteous, shall live by their trust, confidence, reliance and assurance on God.”
In other words, we shouldn’t do anything differently when we get hit with a problem. When we live by faith, we are not moved by what we see, we are only moved by what we believe. So, when bad news comes on the scene, we don’t really live any differently because we are walking by faith and we are trusting God and have confidence in His character that He will see us through this struggle.