Luke 8:4-15 Many different doctrines have been written concerning these passages of scripture, but what is the truth – that you might be saved?
Explaining away the revelations of God is Satan’s favorite pastime. It is intellectual and carnal, and is independent of the Holy Spirit, which is sin; and done by enemies of the cross!
This is why Jesus said it has been given unto you (spiritually) to understand, whereas others will not… And this “is engineered” purposely by God, in protecting his flock!
The “others” are those which do not have enlightenment spiritually to this passage; as either they have never seen Him or known him; or the particular heart of the one who would “add or take away from this text” has a heart which is anything but good ground, and is labeled as an anti-Christ by the Apostle John, who coined the phrase!
My point is that, many, many men in carnality use the scriptures to “bring men into themselves”, but they will not yield to the Holy Spirit of truth, who is Jesus Christ himself; as they have not a love for the truth, that they might be saved!
The “Church system” of today is infected by such men, who build institutions to teach their particular brand of heresies. Jesus Christ never intended this for HIS people, and the apostles “corrective” letters to the early brethren reflect this trend of moving independently of the Holy Spirit; who is Jesus Christ, the only truth of God, who is the ONLY mediator (spiritually) which a disciple must abide in, or be cut off and burnt! This pure truth of God, if you will, has been lost in many a sea of error, and natural understanding. Yet it can still be tapped into by those who love the Lord, who IS the only truth of God that the lost sheep, might be found!
Carnal denominationalism, attempts to explain away naturally – what I have written in the spirit – to make the truth of God, (only found by abiding in Christ, Jesus) more palatable to those, which would take the broad road; (which leads to spiritual death). And to the nominal, or “self righteous religious – Christian” who was never even elect of God to begin with! These two types of brethren, enjoy each other’s company, and “fellowship together” as they are both moving independently from the Lord in carnality; as they are both either spiritually dead, or dying!
The Bible is written to the actual Ecclesia, or elect of God – in particularly, the one who manifests that they are good ground, which Jesus spoke of; and NOT the others types of ground, who will embrace the “spirit” of error, which will deceive many!
Satan knows this principle full well, and continues to mobilize, and when he can, deploy his troops in amongst the sheep, to deceive and destroy their spiritual walk! Most commonly using the natural mind or (intellect) in understanding the scriptures, independent of God. They then often go and build institutions or temples to the Lord, just like Peter recommended to Jesus; prior to the day of Pentecost!
Luke 8:4-15 *ESV
The Parable of the Sower
4 And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, 5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6 And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture.7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. 8 And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
The Purpose of the Parables
9 And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, 10 he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others, they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’ *(the Gospel is not intended for everyone) 11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. *(Which is not the Bible; but rather the Holy Spirit) 12 The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. 14 And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. * (Babes in Christ) 15 As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. *(The Narrow Way, which leads to life).
Attempts to explain this away from different viewpoints, independent of the Holy Spirit is described in, (unsound doctrine) *2 Timothy 4:3 – but rather is heresy, and of the spirit of error, which is anti-Christ, and no matter how exacting, (naturally) and to the letter it might be taught, if independent of the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of Truth.
Jesus is describing precisely what he intends to teach, which does not allow for interpretations, as found in Armenian, Calvinist, Universalists, or any other man orchestrated doctrines.
The truth of God, only found by abiding in Christ, is the spirit and in truth; that we might be saved. If you are moving independently of the Holy Spirit, you are in fact moving away from Christ, who is your only salvation unto spiritual life, (now) and into eternity!