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The Parables of Jesus 6/20/2021 “The Wheat and the Weeds" Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 (NLT)

Review:  

1.   The theme of Matthew chapter 13 is “The Kingdom of Heaven.” Jesus is teaching about the Kingdom.

§ John 18:36 ________________________________________

§ 1Corinthians 15:50 _________________________________

*We become members of the Kingdom when we trust Jesus Christ as our Savior.

 

2.   Jesus taught by parables. A parable is an earthly story that conveys a spiritual meaning.

 

3.   Mark 13:24-30 ________________________________________

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 “The Son of Man” was Jesus’ favorite way of referring to Himself. The title emphasized His humanity

 

4.   verse 38 ______________________________________________

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The field is the world of mankind, not the church. However, the church is in the world. Someone said,

 

“The problem is not that the church is in the world, but that the world is in the church.”

 

5.   verse 39 ______________________________________________

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Whenever Christ sows a true Christian, Satan comes and sows a counterfeit.

 

a.   Satan has counterfeit Christians, (2Co 11:26)

 

b.   who believe a counterfeit gospel, (Gal 1:6-9)

 

c.   encourages a counterfeit righteousness, (Ro 10:1-3)

 

d.   and even has a counterfeit church. (Rev 2:9)

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e.   At the end of the age, he will produce a counterfeit Christ. (2Thess 2:1-12)

 

f.   We must stay awake so the counterfeit doesn’t do damage. (1Jn 4:1-6)

“When we go to sleep, Satan works!”

 

6.   verse 40 ______________________________________________

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The servants were ready to pull the weeds immediately, but the farmer ordered them to wait until the harvest.

God’s harvest (judgment) of all mankind is coming.

 

7.   verse 41 ______________________________________________

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At the end of the world (or age), angels will separate the evil from the good. There are true and false believers in churches today, but we should be cautious in our judgment because only Christ is qualified to make the final separation. If you start judging, you may damage some of the good “plants”. It is more important to judge your own response to God than to analyze others.

 

8.   verse 42 ______________________________________________

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The Final Judgment: Revelation 20:14-15

 

9.   verse 43 ______________________________________________

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The End: Daniel 12:1-3; Philippians 3:20-21

 

10.   Summary: A sower (Christ) sowed good seed (believers) in the field (the world). An enemy (the devil) sowed weeds (unbelievers) in the same field. Both grew together and were hardly distinguishable until the harvest (the judgment). Only God knows the hearts of those who profess faith in Him. 

 

June 27th: Global Discipleship (Chris & Jana Jensen)

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