And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” – Mark 16:15
For the brother or sister in Christ. You have heard and (hopefully) accepted the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ, of everlasting life offered through His atoning sacrifice on the cross. You have also read and heard the truth, free from the many (many) modern and liberal distortions, myths and schemes of man.
You have heard the true and pure seed of the gospel, free from the distortions, myths, mystical beliefs and the myriads of false teachings which abound today – now what are YOU going to do with it? Will you discard it like hard packed soil or will you believe it? Only you can answer that. It’s instructive at this point to again share the Parable of the Sower:
And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow; and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. And others fell on the good soil and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.”
“Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road. The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away. And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.” – Matthew 13:3-8,18-23
Matthew Henry writes on the parable:
- While the good soil brings forth plentifully: so it is with the hearts of men, whose different characters are here represented by four sorts of ground, of which three are bad, and but one good. Note, the number of fruitless hearers is very great, even of those who heard Christ himself. Who has believed our report?
- The sower that scatters the seed is our Lord Jesus Christ, either by himself, or by his ministers. The people are God’s husbandry, his tillage, so the word is; and ministers are laborer’s together with God (1 Corinthians 3:9). Preaching to a multitude is sowing the corn; we know not where it must light; only see that it be good, that it be clean, [that it be pure] and be sure to give it seed enough. The sowing of the word is the sowing of a people for God’s field [Christ’s Kingdom], the corn of his floor (Isaiah 21:10).
From the parable, Christ is the sower, as well as His evangelists, (i.e. you!) who spread the Word. The seed is the Word of God, which you have now heard and received (it has been sowed). Now what kind of ground will you be?
- Like the wayside soil, where the seed falls on hardened (hard packed) ground and is not understood or believed and therefore snatched away again with no effect by Satan, leaving no impact on the one who heard it who had no interest in it, or
- Like the rocky soil, where the seed is received eagerly for a time, but then discarded through neglect or when trial and tribulation or persecution arise, or
- Like the soil among thorns, which are the cares and desires for the pleasures of this world over and above the gospel, which therefore choke out the seed from growing, or
- Like the good soil, receiving the Word in truth and fullness, growing and maturing in understanding of Christ and always abounding in the work of the Lord, producing a crop 30x, 60x, 100x for the Lord, and persevering unto death?
The choice is yours.
And finally, as commanded, go and share the truth with another who is still lost, for it is written “faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ,”, so please go and share the good news of the gospel message with someone who is lost!
God bless! Amen! Maranatha!
And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; but just as it is written. “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the heart of man,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him.” For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. – 1 Corinthians 2:1-11
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:14-16
When I say to the wicked, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. Yet if you have warned the wicked and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered yourself. – Ezekiel 3:18-19
The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them, If I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and make him their watchman, and if he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people, then if anyone who hears the sound of the trumpet does not take warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But if he had taken warning, he would have saved his life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.” – Ezekiel 33:1-6
How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!” However, they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by [of] the word of Christ. – Romans 10:14-17
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.” – Mark 16:15-16
Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” – Isaiah 6:8
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek [Gentiles]. – Romans 1:16
Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. – Daniel 12:3
He must increase, but I must decrease. – John 3:30
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ – Matthew 25:23 (ESV)