How people respond to the Gospel - Part 2
This parable addresses the people within every church. No one truly believes that every single person on the church role is saved. This passage of scripture supports that view. The question is “why”.
1. Members were not vigilant as they should have been when allowing people to join their church. Notice the word “slept”.
Mt 13:24-30 “The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept,”
2. Satan works within the minds of unsaved Church members to create division within the church. Notice the word “enemy”.
“his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
3. The REAL Christians are easily identifiable from the unsaved by the results of their ministry and service within the local church. Notice the word “fruit”.
“But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.”
4. Unfortunately for the unsaved church members, the judgment will be the place where they are finally separated from God’s people for all of eternity. Notice the phrase “burn them”.
“So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.”
LESSON - Our job is not to dwell upon “rooting out” the unsaved from our church membership. We should not be wasting our time focused on the service and lifestyles of others, instead we should concentrate on producing fruit. God will take care of that in due time. Just make sure when the judgment comes, you will be on the right side of the barn.