by Jerry Gentry
"Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever" (1Pet. 1:23).
The Bible speaks much of good seed and bad, which is fundamental to the law of sowing and reaping: "For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap" (Gal. 6:7). This verse is often applied to the Christian life. When we do good (sow righteousness), then we find blessings (reap joy), and so on. This verse is rightly used as the undergirding for countless lessons on how we should live our lives.
Young men are admonished against wasting their young years by "sowing wild oats" because, when we "plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, [we] reap the same" (Job 4:8). Rather, we are taught, "Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy" (Hosea 10:12).
All these and many more verses in the Bible can rightly be used to teach the law of sowing and reaping. Kind "after his kind" is found ten times in the first chapter of Genesis alone. Jesus taught this law in two parables of the good seed.
Often we take for granted, or worse still, we fail to understand and appreciate, the most fundamental law of sowing and reaping in all the universe. That law is the good seed and the bad seed, both germinating and growing together throughout history, even from the very garden of Eden itself. Learn the lesson today of the good seed and the bad. Learn the most fundamental meaning of the law of sowing and reaping, taught by Jesus Christ himself, in two parables.
The first parable is concerned with the type of ground receiving the good seed, whether wayside soil, or rocky ground, or thorny ground, or finally good ground. The second parable is about a field called the world wherein is sown the good seed, yet later tares are discovered among the wheat. In both parables, the good seed is sown first. Later, and only in the second parable, do tares appear. Good seed is that which reproduces faithfully, never as hybrid. Good seed is that which will germinate and grow true to its kind, generation after generation.
What then is the good seed of the parables? Let Jesus tell us:
"The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field" (Mat 13:24).
"But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way" (v. 25).
Christ later explained to his disciples that: "He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
"The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels" (v. 37-39). Yes, the devil sowed his bad seed among the wheat beginning in the garden of Eden, and the seed of the Serpent has multiplied as tares among the wheat ever since. Few Christians today fully understand and appreciate the meaning of the good seed and the bad.
We are not free to interpret these verses. We are free, however, to read the words of the Bible and believe what we read. We must remember that "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation" (2Pet. 1:20).
In the second parable, "The field is the world," we are told. "The good seed are the children of the kingdom," who are "chosen. . . in him before the foundation of the world" (Eph. 1:40).
These are the elect of God, who have also received the good seed of the first parable, which is "the word of the kingdom." The "children of the kingdom" (good seed, physical) receive and understand "the word of the kingdom" (good seed, word of God, spiritual) and bear fruit, "some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty" (v. 23).
"But the tares are the children of the wicked one," who have no part in the kingdom, because they cannot receive the good seed "word of the kingdom" of the first parable. Of these, Jesus said, "Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word" (John 8:43). "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it" (v. 44).
In short, there are good seed called wheat, "the children of the kingdom," who also receive the "word of the kingdom." There are bad seed, called tares, "the children of the wicked one." "The children of the kingdom" (good seed, physical) who receive "the word of the kingdom" (good seed, word of God, spiritual) are saved and experience regeneration. The process is called, "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever" (1Pet. 1:23), our text for this lesson.
The idea of being "born again" is the idea of a new birth, with new "genetics," as in "According to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost" (Titus 3:5). We are "born again," literally, given new spiritual "genes"&emdash;regenerated&emdash;from above, when we trust Jesus for personal salvation. Now our old corruptible genes still remain in our flesh bodies, subject to death and decay, even after we receive the new birth with new genes in the spirit. The good seed (physical) produces genuine wheat, though corruptible, that is, these are subject to death and decay. The good seed (word of God, spiritual) is "incorruptible," and our new birth regenerates (literally, re-genes) us with eternal life, through "the word of God. . . [which] liveth and abideth for ever." This "incorruptible" good seed can be nothing short of the genuine word of God. By "his abundant mercy hath [he] begotten us again [re-generated us] unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1Pet. 1:3).
Tares were also sown among the good seed called wheat, as the second parable teaches. Did you know that tares also reproduce themselves from generation to generation. These always reproduce of like kind, but to no good end. Tares produce a tiny, black, bitter and poisonous seed, good for nothing. Tares are hated by farmers. The seed of the tares cannot be ground into flour. Tares will make no bread. Tares are useless, good for nothing.
Now, Christian, learn the most fundamental lesson of all, concerning the good seed. Learn today how you can never obtain a grain of wheat from planting a tare, no matter how hard you try. Further, you can never be born again or "re-gen-erated" unless you are of "the children of the kingdom," the good seed (physical, "corruptible"), who have been regenerated by the "incorruptible" good seed, called the "word of the kingdom." That is, "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God."
The word of God transcends time and eternity. "For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven" (Ps. 119:89). How do we know that this rebirth, this personal regeneration, is "incorruptible," that is, not subject to death and decay? Though "The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever" (Isa. 40:8). Alleluia!
"The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever" (Psa 12:6-7).
We have learned that "the children of the kingdom" receive and spread the good seed, "the word of the the kingdom." Would the bad seed, "the tares. . . the children of the wicked one" (Matt. 13:38) not also be expected to receive and spread a false message opposite "the word of the the kingdom?" Yes, and what we expect is precisely what we find in the Bible. Now we can learn the most astounding lesson of all concerning the good seed and the bad.
The one "begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14), who is Jesus Christ, has an arch enemy in time and history. His name is Satan, who "abode not in the truth" (John 8:44). His minions are the bad seed of the Serpent (Gen. 3:15), the tares, who spread their bad seed called lies. These minions have their own wicked plans, sponsored by their own wicked "father the devil" (v. 44).
It all began in the garden of Eden when Satan first corrupted the word of God, and thereby turned the good seed "word of the kingdom" into a lie. To Eve, Satan spoke: "Yea, hath God said. . ." (Gen. 3:1). He questioned and negated the very truth of God. He opened God's pure word up for revision. He gave his own "preferred reading." He corrupted the purpose and intent of God, ever so subtly. He utterly deceived Eve by casting doubt on what God had plainly said. He planted both the tares (physical), "the children of the wicked one" (Gen. 3:15), after he had planted the tares (spiritual, Gen 3:1), "words of falsehood" (Isa. 59:13). He "abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. . . for he is a liar, and the father of it" (John 8:44).
"Yea, hath God said. . ." became the very first bad seed (lie) that began the deception of mankind and has continued since the garden of Eden. It is only the good seed, or the pure word of God, "the will of God [that] abideth for ever" (1John 2:17), which is "the word of the kingdom."
Now every Christian must realize this awesome truth: "For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven" (Ps. 119:89). God"s word is forever! You see, Satan messed around with something far above his opinionated, rebellious nature. He twisted the very words of God, which have more power than Satan himself. Those very words he twisted will send him reeling into hell, into "the blackness of darkness for ever" (Jude 13).
His helpers have plied their father's trade since the beginning. The words of God have been corrupted in every generation, by those who understand not that "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge" (Prov. 1:7). Yet through the power of God, His pure words have been preserved because "the word of the Lord endureth for ever" (1Pet. 1:25), despite all corrupting efforts of Satan and his minions.
This truth is of enormous significance, when we carry it to its logical end. Truth is, we have the words of God today, preserved in their completeness, purity and perfection, which are found in the English language in the King James Bible. This Bible corrected every error of every previous English Bible in its lineage. The King James Bible is your word perfect Bible for the English language today. Feel free to change even one word at peril of receiving God's judgment. Separate yourself from all "revised" Bibles, and from men who refused the pure words of God, just as Satan refused to hear those words in the Garden of Eden. Steer clear of all churches who change the words of God and the true canon of scripture.
Separate yourself from affinity with great churches who have historically corrupted the words of God, such as the church of Rome, who commissioned and later accepted and enthroned the corrupt Latin Vulgate of Jerome (4th century). Even at this early date, there was established a line of Unholy Bibles, hybrid seed, "words of falsehood," which were "tares among the wheat" (Matt. 13:25). These Unholy Bibles continue today in the Reims-Douay version, and nearly one hundred other "translations" who follow the hybrid seed line of corrupt texts, spawned by the very words of Satan to our mother Eve, "Yea, hath God said." No salvation, no regeneration, and no fruit is born in churches who refuse to hear and preach "the words of the LORD." Such churches have great pomp, great array, great emphasis on formalism and ritual, "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away" (2Tim. 3:5). Churches today who use hybrid Unholy Bibles are not part of the living church of Jesus Christ. "For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ" (2Cor. 2:17). Churches with their false words, their bad seed, their Unholy Bibles are not preparing their members to resist the coming One World church and the mark of the beast.
Christian, learn the great lesson today of the good seed and the bad. Enthrone the pure "word of the kingdom" in your heart and know that you have received the good seed. Do not be deceived by the bad seed perversion of the tares, which claims: "Yea, hath God said. . ." Reject the corrupt seed, the tares of falsehood, the lie, promoted by many great false churches and their harlot daughters, which can bear no fruit. Receive, plant and cultivate the good seed today and every day.
Christian, hear, receive and heed the good seed today.