quick study is a sub-topic support for the foreshadows in
1 - The
Garden of Eden -
Go to chapter 3 - "What
Happened in the Garden"
web site and all it's narrative contents are written under
one Biblical presupposition - Ephesians 1:4 (NIV) - For
he chose us in him before the creation of the world to
be holy and blameless in his sight.
means God made a decision. Even prior to day six of creation
when he created man, He made the decision to have people
that would be created in His image, to be holy and blameless
in His sight. This was and is His objective for having created
man. Therefore, God has a plan for fallen man to return
to Him and be made holy and blameless in His sight. His
plan is methodological and works in a specific Way.
Way is noted in the scriptures following Ephesians 1:4:
intention: Ephesians 1:4b-6 (NIV) - In
love (5) he predestined us to be adopted as his sons
through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure
and will - (6) to the praise of his glorious grace, which
he has freely given us in the One he loves.
love", "predestined us to be adopted as his sons
through Jesus Christ", "in the One he loves"
- God's objective of choosing "us in Him"
is accomplished in Christ Jesus. Because God loves us, we
are predestined to be adopted into the family of God.
Ephesians 1:7(NIV) - In him we have redemption
through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in
accordance with the riches of God's grace.
him", "redemption through his blood", "forgiveness
of sins", "God's grace" - By our
faith in Jesus' blood that was shed for the forgiveness
of our sins we have access to the grace of God and are accepted
as His adopted sons. We, as the family of God, are "in
faith" - The journey
of becoming an adopted son in the family of God begins with
our faith. How do we get the faith we need?
1:18 (NIV) - He chose to give us birth through the word
of truth that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all
he created. Our birth is contained in the New Testament
scriptures of the Bible.
Romans 10:17 (KJV) - So then
faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word
of God. Our faith for salvation and transformation is
established in the New Testament scriptures. These scriptures
are seeds sown by the family of God into the world, so that
faith can be rooted in the hearts of those who will believe
chose to give us birth through the Word of His truth. Only
God, the Father of Jesus, can give us the real truth through
which we are born again into His family. Jesus is the gate
into the family of God. There is no other word from any
other professed messenger of God that gives birth. The Bible
is the true Word of God. Our faith begins when we believe
what the Bible says. Ephesians 1:11-14 (NIV) - In him
we were also chosen, having been predestined according to
the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with
the purpose of his will, (12) in order that we, who were
the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of
his glory. (13) And you also were included in Christ
when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your
salvation. Having believed, you were marked in
him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, (14)
who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until
the redemption of those who are God's possession - to the
praise of his glory.
recommendation: To those who are in the early stages
of seeking out the messages of God, I encourage you to study
the King James version of the Bible or a good translation
of the King James. Since there are many versions, I have
a rule of thumb I use when selecting which version is good
- I only trust those versions that are written by a consortium
of scholars, rather than a single individual. Why? A consortium
of scholars helps prevent errors in translation and interpretations
of the King James or the old Hebrew and Greek manuscripts.
indepth study of hearing the Word when sown by those called
by God for this purpose.
- 13:18-23 (KJV) - Hear ye therefore the parable of the
sower. (19) When any one heareth the word of the kingdom,
and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and
catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is
he which received seed by the way side. (20) But he that
received the seed into stony places, the same is he that
heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; (21) Yet
hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for
when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word,
by and by he is offended. (22) He also that received seed
among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care
of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the
word, and he becometh unfruitful. (23) But he that received
seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and
understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth
forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
the above parable there are four types of hearers:
First type are those who hear the Word in verse 19 - The
Word sown along the path. This hearer does not understand
the message even though he seeks to believe. But, his heart
cannot retain it because of embedded hindrances that resist
God's truth. Many who first hear the Word have past experiences
or habits that hardened their hearts. Although they desire
to change their lives their hearts are not yet open to receive
from God. The Bible calls this a calloused heart -
28:27 (NIV) - For this people's heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.'
comes from a Greek word pachuno (pakh-oo'-no) which
means "to thicken", much like calloused hands
from hard labor.
I am not a psychologist, I realize there are many experiences
along the path of one's past life which can be deeply embedded
in the heart. I encourage these hearers to know that through
Jesus' blood there's forgiveness of sin and in God's eyes
you are free. This freedom opens the heart of any believer
who will continually seek to know Him. God will help these
who believe, work through the difficult issues of life.
The second type are those who hear the Word sown on stony
places in verses 20 & 21 - This hearer heard the Word,
received it and was delighted in what He heard. But, the
Word did not take root in his heart and he returned to his
old ways of living. This hearer delighted in the Word because
his heart was opened. But, when persecution or tribulation
comes because of the Word, he quickly fell away because
eventually he is offended that he must make undesired changes.
This hearer reminds me of those who think Christianity is
a path covered in rose petals. When the time of testing
his faith comes, he is offended. He failed to understand
the cost of becoming a Christian - The cost for changing
the way he lives, what he thinks and how he behaves toward
others. Christianity is not a life lived in a rose garden.
does persecution come because of the Word? Because the Word
divides between things that result in death and things that
bring eternal life. This dividing takes place in our hearts
as we choose to put away the things that are sinful and
replace them with things set forth in the Bible. This is
the beginning of the rebirth transformation process.
truth of God is sweet when first heard, but it seems sour
to our inner man when we count the cost of giving up sinful
things we desire to hold onto. To some the cost of giving
up some things is too high a price to pay, so to speak.
Thus, many will put God off until a later time when they
are ready to accept Christ Jesus as their Lord and Savior
and change their old beliefs, habits and behaviors.
The third type are those who hear the Word sown among the
thorns in verse 22 - This hearer heard the Word, received
it, "but the cares of this life and the deceitfulness
of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful". The
thorns of life pressure us and many will turn to God and
seek His help in solving thorny troubles. This is place
of faith where hearers are focused on obtaining God's blessing
to help them in their efforts, rather than being focused
on seeking a closer relationship by trusting God through
thorny troubles. His focus is on God's blessing, rather
than on God. This hearer does not feel secure when he gives
his worries over to God and trusts Him for the outcome.
He sees wealth as his source of solving all his thorny worrisome
troubles. He has great difficulty in putting his wealth
or lack of wealth under the overseeing grace of God. He
is deceived because he sees wealth as the source of provision
for all that he will need in this dimension of life. He
believes his welfare is either good or bad according to
the wealth he possesses or does not possess. He fails to
see the light of the truth of God - God is our Provider,
not wealth. This hearer believes he is willing to trust
God for all his needs, but in the time for testing his faith
(perseverance while God tarries), the worries of life and
the deceitfulness of wealth arise and choke his faith and
he does not stand (trusting God) through the testing of
his faith. He yielded to the temptation to not trust in
God. He is impatient.
The fourth type are those who hear the Word sown in good
ground in verse 23 - These hearers received the sown Word
into their opened hearts (good ground) and they understood
what they heard. The seed established deep roots and was
anchored deep in their hearts. The seed grew and produced
good fruit, bearing fruit - thirty, sixty and hundredfold.
hear the Word and their hearts are totally receptive. There
is no resistance or obstacle to trusting God through all
their troubles. Their faith does not waver by the appearance
of things in their environment, nor does it waver when trouble
comes in like a flood. They no longer live for themselves,
but it is Christ living in them to do as He will. They are
yielded vessels for the Lord's purpose. This is their joy
for living, to love Him and serve Him. These Christians
are truly brides of the Spirit!
34:19 (KJV) - Many are the afflictions of the righteous:
but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
parable is a quick picture of the Bible's importance in
our seeking to know God and live in Him while we pass through
this dimension of time. Its instructions and guidance will
be words coming directly from His heart. The application
of God's words in our lives will change us to be like His
Son, Christ Jesus! God will be with us through all our earthly
troubles and He will teach us the Way of the Overcomer!