Parables: Receive Spirit, be transparent, become perfect, continue to follow, and be a treasure.

"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India
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If we love and obey God with reverential fear, we will become born of God with his seed in us, and we will overcome all sins.

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1. First make our church pure, at the end world will be judged.

Jesus told a parable prior to this, to cut the fig tree, which did not give fruit from the vineyard. But in this parable, he tells not to pluck up the tares. What is the difference? In the previous parable, the vineyard is spiritual church, and the fig tree represents un-repented new believers. The purpose there is to purify the church. Here, it is not the church, but it is the world. And it is about eternal judgment at the end. In general, the seed is the word of God; but in this parable, it is two different kinds of people referred as wheat and tares, who are good and evil. These are not contradictions, but entirely different things. "Matthew 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way." It is about the kingdom of heaven in this world. God has good seeds, it is wheat, that are good people. While men slept refers to night, that is, when darkness prevails, the devil establish his kingdom with evil people, which are tares over the good seeds. "26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27 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? 28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them." The one who sowed the tares was the enemy of God, who is the devil. Please remember that a parable has a mystery as well as a mislead. On the outset, the field appears to be the church. But actually, it represents the entire world. If it is the church, it must be cleansed and made pure now while it is on the world. But for the entire world, the evil people will be separated and judged at the end, but not now. Further, the church people do not know how to clean the world, it is not their business, and God tells them to stay out of it. God has set up governments to deal with them. "30 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." Here the punishment is eternal, and God will take care of it at the end. ["36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear."] In verses 36 to 43, Jesus explains the parable to the disciples. But at present, the Holy Ghost reveals to the followers through the holy spirit. Here, the one who sows the good seeds is Jesus Christ, and the tares is by the devil. "38 says, The field is the world." Evil people will be thrown in the lake of fire, and good people will be rewarded in heaven. So, this parable is about the judgment in the end. I have a lesson about this. Topic is: "God divides Us in two Groups; One to Heaven, Other to Hell." Link is: "World."

2. Are you transparent for the Spirit of God to fill you and to grow in you?

The Holy Ghost is God, and he has the power of the raging sun and stars. But the holy spirit is a gift given to us by God, and it has only the power and light like a candle. However, God may increase our holy spirit; it may grow to the limit of his own spirit, so that at resurrection, we may look exactly like Jesus Christ. Further, as we live, the Holy Ghost may also abide with our holy spirit. We refer this phenomenon as the Spirit of God is in us. This is mind boggling. But, as a candlelight, the holy spirit does not have power to penetrate in us if we are not transparent. Are we transparent? "31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: 32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof." The Lord gives the mustard seed, which is very tiny, as an example. It is as small as a candlelight, but it will spread and grow, as a big tree to shelter all birds. So also, this candlelight can also grow as the sun that gives light to the whole world. "33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened." The holy spirit, which is like a tiny bit of leaven, which we say yeast, will take over the whole three measures of meal, which we say dough for bread. But if we are not the dough, but a lump of clay; the spirit of God will not penetrate us. So, we must become dough of flour. ["34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: 35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world. 36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house:"] Verse 35 says that parables have secrets.

3. I am perfect; but I follow Jesus, as I am neither perfect nor attained.

Let me pick a scripture to show what must be our outlook to pursue the treasures in the kingdom of God. In Philippians 3:10 Apostle Paul says, That I may know him, (he wants to know the resurrected Jesus Christ in person), and the power of his resurrection, (it is to be raised in the same resurrection as he had), and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; (he does not mind to suffer and to die in the same way as Jesus died). 11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. (everybody will be resurrected either to go to hell or heaven, that is not what he says; but he want to be resurrected in the same resurrection as Jesus Christ was resurrected) 12 Not as though I had already attained, (but he has attained already), either were already perfect: (he became perfect already) but I follow after, (but still he will continue to follow the life of Jesus, as he has not obtained yet) if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus (he want to do that in order to obtain the high calling that he was called for). 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, (he will not keep remembering the things that he has already achieved, but he will keep striving to proceed forward). 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, (he will keep forward for the prize of his high calling, no matter what). 15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: (he is asking us that if we have become perfect, please go for the high calling, or strive to become perfect); and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. (he says that God will confirm this to you). 16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. (Let us all do the same thing, let us run together). 17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. (These people are our example, let us follow Jesus as they follow Jesus Christ). In order to fulfil the high calling, Paul was running with full speed with what all he has, forgetting even what he has already accomplished. He wants those who have become perfect, to run the same way as he runs.

4. Become righteous, you will shine as the Sun; You will be treasure to God.

"Matthew 13:43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear." The righteous people will shine as sun in the kingdom of God; it means that they will be as the same as the Lord Jesus Christ. Do you realize what a great unimaginable honor that is? We will hear and understand this awesome message, only if we have the spiritual ear to hear. "44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field." It is a parable, so, it has a mystery as well as a mislead. Let me give both and you decide which is a mislead and which is mystery. 1, A man owns many fields in this world. He found out that a certain field that belongs to someone else, has oil or gold mine (treasure) in it; he kept it secret; went and sold all that he has and buys this piece of land. He is wise and hits the jackpot. So, we must also reject what all we have, in order to be in heaven like Jesus Christ and to be joint heirs with him in the kingdom of heaven. And 2, The righteous people are the treasure for God, and so God cast the whole world to hell, and took the righteous people as his own. "45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: 46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it." 1, In the same way, this man bought a pearl of great price. 2, God does the same, he gathers his righteous people as his own. The next few verses may help you to find which one is the mystery and which is the mislead. So, please notice. "47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:" Here, God gathered every kind means God did not leave anyone, God collected the entire world. "48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away." He gathered the righteous unto him and cast the unrighteous away to hell. The next few verses confirm that it is God, and it is not us. "49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, 50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 51 Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. It was revealed to his disciples, and he writes plainly in his word. But he made the theologians blind and they could not see. So, they teach many different things. Please listen; if you are a righteous person, do you think that it is a small matter that the creator of the universe considers you as his treasure. Do you catch the mystery? Do you want to become righteous and to become his treasure?

5. Gifts of God in this world and the rewards in heaven, are the Old and New.

This is the last verse in this parable. A householder has the kingdom of heaven as his treasure, and it is old and new. "52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old." A scribe could be a bible teacher; he is a householder, who gathers treasure from the kingdom of heaven for himself; that is, he owns them now. What could be this treasure, which he owns and are old and new? Most people say that it is old and new testaments; could he own the testaments? No. Then they say, they are old and new covenants; could he own the covenants? No. Then they say, they are old and new commandmen ts; could he own the commandments as his treasure? No. Theologians and preachers can prove anything by twisting and interpreting scriptures in their way. But what do you think? Here in this parable, the old and new are pertain to the kingdom of heaven, and it is also the treasure that belongs to the householder, who is the scribe; in the new testament, he is a pastor or a bible teacher. But old and new testaments, or the covenants, or the commandments are not treasure that the housekeeper can own and keep as his own. However, God has given them gifts of the Holy Ghost, and authorized them to impart the gifts even to others. God has reserved rewards for them in heaven and has made it known to them. They should also guide others to inherit such rewards, and it is the ministry of God. The rewards in heaven will be new; they are new earth, new heaven, and to be new Jerusalem. When we come to the spiritual reality of the new realm, the gifts of the Holy Ghost and the manifestations therewith will become old; however, they are the means to receive the new. The scribes (teachers) who own these treasure, can either impart or guide others to possess these treasures for themselves. "2 Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." So, live a righteous life. Own these treasures. Most importantly, at the same time, be a treasure to God, so that he will adore you and will keep you with him.

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