“How the Gospel of Christ is Received” 6/22/2017 Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”

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Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group” @  www.Godsmanforever.com

     (Revised from 3/15/2012)

“How the Gospel is Received”

Mark 1:14-15Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (NKJV)

I have heard more than one explanation for what Jesus is teaching us in “The “Parable of the Sowers”, as Jesus used parables to tell a earthy story with a heavenly meaning…  [See 1. Below, for more on why Jesus taught in parables]  This Parable of the Sower, (or Parable of the Soils, as it is sometimes called), must be important…because it is recorded in Matthew, Mark, and Luke…  I am presenting what I believe is the most often used explanation, of what Jesus’ teaching is telling us…  I would welcome comments with any other thoughts, if they differ from this interpretation most often presented…

Obeying gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is at the very core of understanding how to be deemed righteous in God’s eyes… [See 2. Below for a gospel presentation]   I have been writing about the need to obey the gospel of Christ for many years now; and it wasn’t until my Q/T reading a while back in the Book of Mark, that it dawned on me that I should explore how one receives the gospel of Christ in more detail… I was also persuaded to write on this subject because of a book that I started reading some time ago, written by John MacArthur, titled… “The Gospel According to Jesus”…

So many people want to be saved from an eternity in hell, believing that Jesus Christ died on the cross for their sins… But believing this, without God gracing the unredeemed sinner with salvation…is a false belief that could leave one being turned away at the gates of heaven upon their death…  Jesus teaches us that the self-righteous works that many churches preach, as a requirement to have sins forgiven by God, is not what God wants from us…  Jesus warns those around Him (and us), about these false beliefs that by doing good works in the name of the Lord we can earn our way into heaven, in…

Matthew 7:21-23  “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’  (ESV)

God’s timing is always perfect !!  As I was reading in the Book of Mark, I realized that this is the only book of the 4 gospels, which has key additional scripture about the parable of the sower…  In the Book of Mark, we see wording about repentance, and sharing the “gospel of the kingdom of God”; which was later described by the apostle Paul as…“the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ”, in…2 Thessalonians 1:8-9…   This eye opening scripture gives us a warning, with the outcome of “everlasting destruction”, for those that do not obey the gospel of Christ…

2 Thessalonians 1:8-9   in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,  (ESV)

The opening scripture has Jesus starting out His public ministry preaching the need of repentance, and believing in the “gospel of the kingdom of God”… The need for repentance is at the very key to understanding the gospel of Christ, along with turning to Jesus Christ, seeking Him to become one’s personal Lord and Savior…as the unbeliever obeys the gospel of Christ…  [See 2. below for a gospel presentation]

Jesus’ last words to His disciples (and us) in the Book of Luke, just before He ascended into heaven, is…

Luke 24:46-48Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And you are witnesses of these things.” (NKJV)

Repent, and believe in the gospel”, is not only Jesus’ opening words at the beginning of His public ministry; “repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations,” is the final command given by Jesus, which is indeed sharing the gospel of Christ with the lost and dying world around you…

Today I will begin explaining how the gospel of Christ is being received, with this scripture in…Mark 4:26 And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground,” (NKJV)   I believe Jesus is using the parable of the sower (also described in…Matthew 13:1-23…&…Luke 8:4-15…as well as here in…Mark 4:1-20), to explain how this important message about His gospel, is received by those who have heard it…

The mystery of the gospel, and how God chooses those He will grace with the gift of salvation after the seeds are planted…are not to be understood by us mere mortals… We see this in scripture spoken by Jesus, only here in…Mark 4:27“and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how.” (NKJV)  Our command by Christ, is to share the gospel of Christ, by planting seeds… We may also help in the watering of those seeds planted, but it is God’s work to grow and then to bring in His harvest of believers…1 Corinthians 3:7

Jesus goes on to reveal this, in…Mark 4:28-29“For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. 29 But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” (NKJV)  In my humble opinion, this scripture refers to those that have been chosen by God to become part of His family… It takes time, and sometimes the hearing of the gospel several times, before the sinner finally repents of their sins with godly sorrow and a repentant heart, as they obey the gospel of Christ with ALL of their heart, mind, soul, and strength…

In the future, I will re-post my writing on the 4 types of soil (the 4 kinds of responses to the hearing of the gospel of Christ)…and the outcome of each seed sown in the various soils… There is only one of the four types of soil where seeds are planted, where a person  ends up maturing into a redeemed child of God… I believe we as Christians could benefit from understanding what causes 3 of the 4 seeds planted in different soils to fail, to better understand how and why people respond differently to the gospel of Christ presentation…

Heavenly Father, Your Word is clear that all we can do as believers, is to plant the seeds of the gospel of Christ; so that You Lord, can bring those seeds planted in fertile soil to maturity as one of Your redeemed children… I pray Lord, that You will use these humble words to plant seeds in readers that You have not yet graced with salvation…   And Lord, I pray that Your children would seek to remain Spirit filled…so that the Holy Spirit would empower and inspire them to share this good news message of the cross… May all of us Lord, benefit from Your Word in some way…  I pray for the Holy Spirit to move within us in a mighty way, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

Related links:

1.   More about parables –  https://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-parables.html

2.   Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

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I present posts about God's Word, with a personal focus on how God's grace is received through saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ... Sinners must understand and obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ... See this link for more... https://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/
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