You must be born again to enter the kingdom of God, but most Christian believers do not understand what it means to be born again. Jesus Christ explained it in the parable of the sower, as we read in Matthew chapter 13. “And He spoke many things to them in parables saying behold the sower went out to sow; and as he sowed some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on the rocky places where they did not have much soil; and immediately they spring up because they had no depth of soil. But when the sun had risen they were scorched; and because they had no root they withered away.
Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. And others fell on the good soil and yielded a crop, some hundredfold some sixty, and some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.”
The people did not understand this. Even the disciples of Jesus did not understand these words and therefore He explained it to them. I read from verse 18, “Hear the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom the seed was sown beside the road. The one on whom seed was sown on rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction and persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away. And the one on whom seed was sown among thorns; this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world, and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some hundredfold, some sixty and some thirty.” The seed that is sown
is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Many of the seeds germinate but not all of them grow to fruition. Many people hear the gospel of Jesus Christ and accept His words with joy, they are born again inside, they are made new but, they do not continue with Jesus Christ, they do not bear fruit. As Jesus also explained: “the
one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no firm root in himself but it is only temporary and when affliction and persecution arises because of the world, immediately he falls away.” Many people accept Jesus Christ, they are baptized in water, some of them receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit, but then when the persecution comes, when it becomes difficult to follow Jesus Christ, then they are drawn away, they stop following Him; spiritually they die. The same with the seed that fell among the thorns, verse 22 “and the one on whom seed was sown among thorns, this is the man who hears the word and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.” Many hear the gospel and it starts growing in them, but very few endure, very few grow to fruition.
We read in verse 23: “The one on whom the seed was sown on the good soil; this is the man who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”
We have to grow to fruition in Christ. Jesus said that every branch in Him that does not bear fruit, will get cut off and
burned. It is not enough just to believe in Jesus Christ, and be baptized in water, to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and then to go and sit on the side. We have to bear fruit; we have to follow Jesus, we have to be led by the Holy Spirit, and we ourselves have to bring others to Jesus. We have to bear
fruit for the kingdom of God. We have to multiply. If the seed does not multiply, then it was of no use. Are we who believe in Jesus, who have been born again, are we bearing fruit? Are we witnesses for Jesus? Are we living for the kingdom of God? Are we being led by the Spirit of God? Or do we believe that we will have salvation because we once met Jesus; because we believe in Him?
Do we think that we have security of salvation? If we do not bear fruit and do not keep on bearing fruit until the end we will get cut off and burned because, every branch that does
not bear fruit and does not keep on bearing fruit will get cut off and burned.
We are not talking about unbelievers, we are talking about those who once met Jesus Christ, who were born again, those who knew Him but they’ve become unfruitful; they will get cut off and burned, they will not enter His kingdom if they do not bear fruit. Are we bearing fruit for the kingdom of God or are we unfruitful? We have to follow and obey Jesus Christ and bear fruit until the very very end.
May Jesus bless you.