THE WHEAT AND THE WEEDS
THE WHEAT AND THE WEEDSCopyright Š 2012 Robert B. Thompson. All Rights Reserved
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright Š 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.
I have used the parable of the wheat and the weeds in many essays to show that God will remove all sin from His Kingdom. This is to occur at "the end of the age."
This means that all who are part of the Kingdom of God will be delivered from sin and the sinful nature, as I see it. In fact, I think this promised deliverance has commenced already in that so many of us are confessing our sins and turning away from them.
The temptation is to think of the parable as meaning that some people in the world come from the Son of Man, and some come from Satan. For example:
He answered, "The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels." (Matthew 13:37-39)
Now I ask you, doesn't it sound as though we are dealing with two groups of people: "the sons of the Kingdom and the sons of the evil one"?
They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 13:42)
But we find that there are two classes of people, or spirits, who are thrown into the fire:
The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. (Matthew 13:41)
"Everything that causes sins and all who do evil."
Everything that causes sin.
All who do evil.
All who do evil we understand. There are people in the world who do evil. I am not saying they cannot repent and turn to Christ. All I am saying is that there are people in the world who do evil, and we all know it.
Jesus said that at the end of the age He will send out His angels and they will weed out of His Kingdom all who do evil. This means that at one time they were in Christ's Kingdom.
The Apostle Paul did not say there was no one in Christ's Kingdom who is an evildoer. Paul said that such would not inherit the Kingdom. At the end of the age the evildoers will be tied in bundles to be burned. So they assuredly did not inherit the Kingdom of God.
So much for the current teaching of lawless grace.
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)
You know, as I sit here and type out this essay I realize how much of the present Christian teaching is of Satan. The current teaching is that if you once "accept Christ" when you die you will go to Heaven to live forever in a mansion. You could never be judged as an evildoer.
But I think these words in Matthew are independent of whether we are on the earth or in the spirit world at the time. All who do evil will be tied in bundles to be burned and thrown into the fire. It does not say except for those who "accept Christ." The issue is not our religious stance but whether we are an evildoer.
We might think that once we have died and are in the spirit world we could never be an evildoer. But there is no Scripture whatever for this belief. Sin began in the spirit world.
When the Kingdom is to be cleansed from evildoers, it will have to begin with the spirit world, because most of the evildoers are there. I believe the reason numerous Christians are not careful about their behavior is that they are under the impression they never can be judged as an evildoer after they die. Where did they get that idea?
For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to men in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit. (I Peter 4:6)
The Divine judgment will reach into the spirit world. This is why it says in the twelfth chapter of the Book of Revelation that the tail of the dragon swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. All evildoers, professing Christians included, are the tail of the dragon.
Not one evildoer will be left in the Kingdom of God. Not one!
I do not regard some person who is struggling to live a righteous life as an evildoer. An evildoer is someone who is not concerned about his or her behavior, but practices ungodliness all the time. You may not believe it, but there are professing Christians who are evildoers. I hope you never run into one.
So the Divine judgment is against evildoers. And then it says, "everything that causes sin."
This is referring, I believe, to our sinful nature; but also every other ungodly force that presses on us. When we want to do good, evil is present with us.
In the present hour, in the program of redemption, the Lord Jesus is ready, His angels helping, to deliver you and me from the sins of the flesh.
How do we participate in this program?
We name some behavior we are practicingnot some sins of the past, only those behaviors we currently are doing.
These may include: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.
There are many others, but these will give you the idea.
In our day, sexual lust and perversions, are increasing. One publisher, if you can believe this, is selling a book titled, How To Have Sex With Animals. I have no doubt there will be "Christians" who will read this book.
I notice in the internet news the emphasis on nakedness. Nakedness seems to be on the increase.
If the Spirit points out to us that we are being guilty of fornication, adultery, sexual perversions of any kind, gender difficulties, we need to confess our behavior to God. When we do this, Christ will forgive us, if we really have resolved to never again, with His help, practice this behavior even one more timenot for eternity. It is an eternal judgment.
When the Divine judgment begins to be exercised, at the end of the age, the sins we have confessed and renounced will not be mentioned.
We need to get busy right now confessing and turning away from our sins. Judgment is hovering over our country, and we need to save ourselves and our loved ones by turning away from the sins of the flesh.
Let no one deceive you saying God does not see our sinning. He sees only the righteousness of Christ when He looks at our behavior. If you will read the Epistles carefully you will see how utterly false this teaching is.
Let no one deceive you saying Divine grace will prevent your being harmed by judgment. The purpose of grace is to permit us to leave the Law of Moses and follow the Spirit of God as He guides us in the program of confessing and turning away from the sins of the flesh.
It is not the purpose of grace to prevent God from seeing our ungodly conduct. We ought to know better than this!
Let no one deceive you saying there soon will be a "rapture" that will carry you to Heaven in order to escape tribulation. The purpose of the next appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ will be to raise from the dead His victorious saints; catch them up to where He is in the air; place all of His faithful saints on the white war-stallions; and descend with them to establish the Kingdom of God on the earth.
Let no one deceive you saying that God will not permit a Christian to suffer. If we know anything about Church history we know of the tortures and murders the Christian saints have suffered and are suffering yet today at the hand of Muslim fanatics.
Let no one deceive you saying God's love is unconditional. It is true that God will accept anyone who comes to Him for salvation. But God's love is conditional in that those who do not bear fruit are regarded as dead branches and are pruned from the Vine, Christ, and thrown into the fire.
Such lies are being preached and accepted in our day! As a result, the Christian churches in many instances are morally weak. They are not, by their behavior, serving as moral lights to the unsaved community.
In conclusion I would say that some people in the world indeed are wicked. They care nothing about righteousness. If it is necessary to gain what they desire, they will hurt any number of people.
These are the wicked and are discussed in the Psalms:
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. (Psalms 1:6)
It is true that all of us were born with wicked hearts. But the righteous make every attempt to overcome their wickedness.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9KJV)
The purpose of life on the earth is not to make us happy, which is obvious. Rather, the purpose of life is to give God a chance to select and train a royal priesthood who will be able to maintain Paradise for all decent people, once it has been restored.
One of the principal tasks of each member of the Priesthood is to overcome through Christ the sinful desires and self-seeking in his or her nature.
To everyone God says:
Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy. (Revelation 22:11)
Why should you and I be among those who are thrown into the fire?
The Overcomerfrom FIFTY-TWO KINGDOM TOPICSCopyright Š 2012 Trumpet Ministries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright Š 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.
The idea of the overcomer has been important to me since Bible-school days. "He who overcomes will be a pillar in the Temple of God" seemed to be a specially important verse.
When I arrived in Bible school, after being discharged from the Marine Corps, I noticed that the prevailing attitude was "Nobody is perfect. We all sin. The grace of God covers our sin. It is hopeless to try to overcome sin, it is not possible."
This description of the Christian life did not appeal to me for some reason. It just did not seem right. In fact, I refused to accept it. The second and third chapters of the Book of Revelation continued to be inspiring.
A few years later I had a dream. Audrey and I were living in a trailer on a property owned by Brother Dowell on the outskirts of National City, near San Diego.
In my dream I was on a ship that was breaking up in a storm. The sailors were jumping over the side. The passengers were drowning in the water. The shore could be seen in the distance.
I jumped over the side. Having spent my boyhood days in a house overlooking the West Shore of West Haven, Connecticut, I had spent a good deal of time in the Atlantic Ocean and so I had no fear of the water.
As I was kind of treading water, looking at the shore, and about to strike out, I saw the sailors on the shore holding hands and playing some kind of child's game, like ring-around-the-rosy. I looked back and saw the passengers drowning.
Then I noticed that my feet were hitting the bottom. Lo and behold, the water was only waist deep. All one had to do was stand up straight and walk to the safety of the shore.
So I turned back to tell the drowning passengers to just stand up straight and they would have no problem walking to safety. At this point I woke up.
I pondered the dream for about three days, and then the meaning came to me. Christians are drowning in sin when they do not need to. The water is only waist deep, so to speak. All they have to do is stand up straight in Jesus Christ and they can overcome sin and walk to safety.
The sailors on the shore represent the churches of today that in many instances are playing childish games instead of pursuing the iron and fire of God and leading the believers to victory in Christ.
Since that time I have been preaching the victorious Christian life. It is entirely possible to overcome sin through Christ, to gain the victory over sin. It is not only possible, it is absolutely necessary if we expect to receive the rewards designated for the overcomers.
Away with this teaching that we have to sin while we are in the world! It came from Satan and belongs to Satan!
I am sure I will hear the old song, "Nobody is perfect. We all have to sin until we go to Heaven." What rubbish!
Sin began in Heaven around the Throne of God. Why, then, is it true that we will not be able to sin when we go to Heaven? On what basis do we believe such a totally unscriptural idea?
Jesus Christ came to earth to destroy the works of the devil. Christ has the power to conquer Satan in our personality.
I am not referring to being "sinlessly perfect" or any of the other objections that are raised. In the first place, our idea of perfection and God's idea are two different matters. When Christ commanded us to be perfect He was not speaking of being perfected. Being perfect and being perfected are two different states of being.
An individual can only be perfect for the day. If he keeps on being perfect each day the point eventually will be reached where he or she has been perfected; and being perfect has nothing to do with being in Heaven, on the earth, or beyond the Milky Way galaxy.
What does it mean to be perfect each day? It means only that we have prayed and obeyed through the challenges of the day. We are not walking around in condemnation, we are praising the Lord and living in victory through Him. In this case the blood of the Lamb keeps us without condemnation even though we have not as yet been perfected.
If God speaks to us about covetousness, then we confess our covetousness, renounce it fiercely, receive our forgiveness, and, by the Spirit of God, turn away from it. Covetousness will die in us if we really want to get rid of it. The reason people do not get delivered from sin is that they do not confess and renounce it specifically with enough determination.
If you have confessed and renounced a sin, and it does not vanish immediately, do not become discouraged. You are in a battle. Keep on confessing and renouncing the sin, not in a stressful frantic manner but in an attitude of praise and confidence in Christ; and the first thing you know the power of covetousness or any other sin in your personality will be broken.
"Walk in the Spirit," Paul said, "and you will not fulfill the lusts of your flesh."
Faith is the victory that overcomes the world. Read the Bible promise. Determine to make it your own possession. Then, nothing can prevent your receiving the blessing.
Whenever people tell you that a New Testament promise was for the Apostles, or no one is perfect, or as long as we are in the world we have to sin, turn away from them hastily. Their unbelief is keeping them from the blessing. Don't allow them to take your crown of rejoicing.
The bank of Heaven is waiting for you to make a withdrawal. Why are you standing around as a pauper in your rags when the King has invited you to His palace?
No, we will not listen to people as they dump the garbage of their unbelief on us. The base camps have been established by the godly. The summit is in site. The present generation is being invited to ascend to the heights of victory in the fullness of God. You can be a part of those who arrive at the top. Or you can wallow in your unbelief and settle for second bestor less!
You can tell from the tone of my writing that I have become disgusted with believers who choose to huddle in their fears and unbelief and refuse to answer the call of Christ to the life of victory. Oh well, we can't have conquering faith unless God gives it to us. But there certainly is no harm in praying for victorious faith!
At the present time, the overcomers, of the second and third chapters of the Book of Revelation, are the only true members of the royal priesthood. The promises we ordinarily associate with being a Christian, such as ruling with Christ, are designated for the overcomer. And to the overcomers the rewards shall goand to no one else!
Either we are overcoming through Christ or we are being overcome because we are not choosing to believe Christ. There is no middle ground. There are the winners and the losers. All the glorious rewards are given to the winners. The losers are facing pain and chastisement.
You can be an overcomer. Jesus Christ has all authority and power in Heaven and on the earth. The only factor that can prevent your being an overcomer is your own unbelief, disobedience, and fear. Get your eyes off yourself and off other people. Look steadfastly at Jesus. Keep your eyes focused on Jesus and He will give you victory in every area.
Christ has more power than the world and Satan have. No obstacle can stop you. Look at Christ and walk on the water for the rest of your life on the earth. The Lord will be proud of you and congratulate you when you stand before Him. "Well done, well done, well done good and faithful servant. Enter My joy, for I also overcame."
Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man. (Luke 21:36)
So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. (Galatians 5:16)
For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. (I John 5:4)
He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. (Revelation 21:7)