Key Text: Matthew 13:24-43
The mixed presence of sin and righteousness in the church is a reality Jesus wants us to work with. This has always been and always will be true, till Jesus returns. Unclean animals in the same Ark as the clean animals, as well as obedient and disobedient people, such as Noah and his dishonorable son Ham, Gen. 7:2, 9:22, IPt. 3:20. The goats are in the same field as the sheep, Mt. 25:32. The good & bad fish are in the same net, Mt. 13:47. The wheat & chaff are on the same barn floor, Mt. 3:12. Vessels of honor & dishonor in the same great house, IITm 2:20. In the mind of God, Judas Iscariot is within the same apostleship as the beloved John, but there comes a day, when judgment separates good and bad forever. Until judgment, we must work together. The scriptural work of withdrawal or church discipline is in the hands of Elders, not us. Judgment is for God in Jesus as the Good Shepherd and his Church Shepherds, not the sheep, (you & me). Judging with righteous judgment is for Apostles & Elders, not us. Jn. 7:24.
There are two sides of every coin, and there are two spheres of the Kingdom, Spiritual & human. God’s family is truly both Heavenly and earthly, compare Col. 1:13-18 & Eph. 3:14.
The enemy of Christ is against Him, sowing similar looking plants which grow alongside the real wheat. The enemy is inverted, the weeds are perverted. The good news is that perversions can be straightened, but whatever is inverted is totally opposed, and unwilling to turn. James says the devil believes in God and trembles, not turns, James 2:19. Since weeds represent false Christians, then it is possible, if they want to turn, that they may be straightened in real life, but in the picture of a parable, the message is that God reserves the unique position of judgment to Himself, not us. The act of justification by faith is for people, not plants, Romans 5:1 & 8:1. This is the nature of Christ’s Kingdom seen in the parable of the weeds.Notice the difference between “servants” in v27-29, and the word “reapers” in v30, 39. Angels are the reapers, but the “servants” are not defined, which allows us to conclude with God’s definition of good wheat being Christians, not the servants wanting to prematurely start preparing for an easy harvest. Let’s conclude that when we want to act with impatience in judgment, we are the misguided servants, but when we let patience have her perfect work, we are genuine Christians, that is, good wheat! James 1:3-4 & 5:7-9. When both James and John the sons of Zebedee judged the rejecters of Christ, God had other plans! Luke 9:54-56. What spirit may we be of?
Why does Jesus tell the parable of the mustard seed & yeast in succession with the parable of the weeds? To give us both the positive and negative truths of how we influence the Kingdom of God on earth. Genuine Christians are used to help the Kingdom grow from small seeds to great plants, whereas, false Christians can be compared to yeast, growing from within flour, and changing it’s nature. Yeast has a reference to sin in a number of passages. See Leviticus 2:4-13. Offering bread with yeast is equated with rebelling against God in Amos 4:2-5. Paul the apostle used a similar analogy of yeast & sinfulness in 1Cor. 5:6-7. Yeast represents evil doctrine (Mt 16:12) from Pharisees, Mt 23:14,16,28, Sadducees, Mt. 22:23,29 and Herodians, Mt. 22:16-21. The holiness & goodness of God makes real Christians make up a BIG Kingdom/Church.
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