The Seed of the Word of God - Bible Study
It never hurts to go back to the basics, and today I want to examine the basis of anyone's faith in Jesus: God's Word. Where it is written? The place it's written is the Bible.
Why is this an important topic? You see, The Word of God is the root cause for anyone to get saved. Romans 10:17 tells us that "faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." When someone ultimately places their faith in Jesus as their saviour, they do it because at some previous time they heard the Word of God. (Often, it was the culmination of multiple times they heard the Word of God - and it sometimes happens after many years.)
If you're saved, you might recall this happening in your life. You may have been invited to a church service by a friend and heard the scriptures preached, or perhaps you were given a gospel tract by a stranger and you read it, or maybe you got into a discussion with a Christian at work and they told you how to be saved - while quoting scripture. And there are dozens of other ways you might have encountered God's Word - and it slowly took root over time until one day the truth was obvious to you. You probably received a witness from a few different sources!
Paul talked about this process in 1 Cor. 3:6 when he said, "I have planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase." Describing the word of God as a "seed" is exactly what Jesus did in Luke chapter 8 when he described the sower who went out to sow his seed.
The seed that fell on the good ground took root and "sprang up and bare fruit". In Luke 8:11 he makes the meaning of the parable clear when he states that "The seed is the word of God."
We know that the passage is describing someone giving the word of God to different people, and the results. If you read the passage you will see that when the seed falls by the way side, on a rock, or among thorns it doesn't bring forth anything for the sower. Four types of people are alluded to, and only one out of four accepts and receives God's Word. I wouldn't take those as actual statistics but there is a lesson in it about the majority of people either being hostile to the word of God, not ready, or in some other way unaccepting of the gospel.
Only when it falls on the good ground does it sprout and grow and produce. So here's a question: what is good ground? I would say that it was ground that was prepared. In human terms it would have to be a person who recognizes that they need a savior, that they are unable to work to save themselves. Even Mary had this attitude when she said "my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour" when she spoke about her "low estate". Sometimes a person has to be brought to a low estate before they recognize it, but other people easily admit to it and see their need. Either way, the person has to be honest about who they are and where they stand before God - and who HE is - and then God can deal with them. We talk about the state of someone's heart (i.e. "his heart is in the right place") and there's some truth to that. Jeremiah 29:13 says, "...ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13 is talking about a person who is "good ground".
Is the word of God literally a seed? Obviously not - if you have your Bible in front of you, you'll see it's a book. But it's not just a book, either, now is it? There's much more to it than that. So the way we can begin to understand something that transcends human intelligence and ability (like the Bible) is for it to be described to us in other terms - things we can relate to. Things that allow us to picture some of its aspects. So for today's discussion, and in many places in the scripture, it's called a seed.
This allows us to relate the fact that its apparently inert, yet somehow becomes active. Seeds are "dead" initially when we look at them, but we all know that in actuality a seed is FULL of unseen life. Seeds are often tiny, but of course a tiny seed can grow into a huge plant. And make no mistake, the Bible you have in front of you seems inert and inactive but is alive, and powerful (see Hebrews 4:12).
So we know the word of God - the scriptures we read - the Bible - is analogous to some kind of a "seed". Just now we briefly covered some of the ways it's like a seed, but let's see how the Word of God acts like a seed within the process of a person getting saved.
We know it looks inactive but is full of life, it can be planted in ground when it's told to someone or when someone reads it, and we know that if the ground is good (that is, the person receives it well) and is watered (that is, more scripture is given to the person and the Holy Spirit does His work - see John 16) the seed can bring forth life (that is, the recipient is born again).
Peter mentions the "seed" aspect of the Word of God as well. 1 Peter 1:23 says, "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever."
And that's a very important, probably the most important aspect of this seed - it brings forth new life. Incorruptible life meaning that it can't be killed. In other words, everlasting life. Remember that we started this broadcast with Romans 10:17 that tells us "faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God". I hope that you have the faith that this verse is talking about. What kind of faith is that? A very specific faith: faith in Jesus Christ - Jesus the Messiah. The Lord Jesus.
"And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life."
So the question is: how does someone receive the Son? By faith. Continuing the passage I just read, 1 John 5:13 tells us "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."
Of course, that name is Jesus. You simply must believe in Him to receive Him.