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One Gospel, Many Hearts

Matthew 13:1-9
1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop-- a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 He who has ears, let him hear."

The Seed is the Gospel. 
The Sower is one that shares the Gospel.

The seed of the Gospel falls on four different kinds of human hearts: 

    The Indifferent Heart
    The Impulsive Heart
    The Impure Heart
    The Indwelt Heart

The Indifferent Heart
Matthew 13:18-19
18 "Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path.

The Impulsive Heart
Matthew 13:20-21
20 The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.

This is an impulsive, worldly acceptance, like one would accept advice on health. There is no real surrender to Christ, so when trouble comes, the person falls away.

"Skandalizo" - scandalize = "falls away" - NIV, "Offended" - KJV,  "he stumbles" - NKJ

The Impure Heart
Matthew 13:22
22 The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.

This heart is impure because it is divided. The cares of the world, the deceitfulness of riches, take the time, the attention, the love of the person.

The result = no fruit.

If there is no fruit, there is no real salvation.  Spiritual fruit is never out of season.

The fruit of repentance
The fruit of obedience
The fruit of righteousness
The fruit of the Spirit

The Indwelt Heart
Matthew 13:23
23 But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."


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