By: Robert Serreyn
Question? What is your take on Matthew 13:31, & 32?
Matthew 13:31-32 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: (32) Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
The Parables in Matthew are probably the MOST DIFFICULT to interpret. MOST COMMENTARIES have them wrong and REALLY CONFUSE rather than be of any help
I believe Matthew 13:31,32 Parable is speaking of THE INCREASE of…
– False Teachings,
– False Religions.
THAT WILL be present DURING the Seven Year Tribulation Period
NOTE… Many people get confused when they see the words “Kingdom of Heaven” in the book of Matthew, it REALLY SHOULD read “Kingdom FROM Heaven”, WHY???, because the King (Jesus Christ) was there.
IF the Jews (Nationally) WOULD HAVE accept Christ as their Messiah (saviour) the Lord Jesus WOULD HAVE set up his Millennial Kingdom then and as the motto states “The Rest is History”
TAKE NOTICE: The Mustard Seed BECAME a tree. This represents GROWTH.
The Tree (these False Teachers False Churches and False Ministries) grew ( V32 – It is the greatest among herbs ) BECAUSE OF “False Teaching” and or the Lack of Sound Doctrine”.
Just in all honesty people DO NOT like to be told that they have been lied to by their church, minister and or family ESPECIALLY in rual areas where whole families for 6 plus generations have gone to the same church.
NOTE: Bible Teaching Churches generally DO NOT thrive well in rural america BECAUSE OF the above stated.
If you take a survey at all the different churches and ministries and examine what they teach it WOULD BOGGLE your mind, it is NO WONDER that so many people are Unsaved and confused what the bible teaches.
– The Lutheran, Catholic, and Church of Christ ALL TEACH Water Baptism for salvation among other false doctrines.
– The Methodist, Pentecostal, and Charismatic churches and not to mention the likes of Beth Moore, Joel Osteen, Jesse Duplantis, and Kenneth Copland, Joyce Meyers just to name a few (AGAIN way to many thousands to list) TEACH “Works PLUS Faith” based salvation (they believe you can LOSE your salvation, if you can lose it then it is BASED ON YOU not on Christ). God ONLY OFFERS one kind of salvation ETERNAL SALVATION.
John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
– There are MANY Baptist churches that teach LordShip Salvation (basically teaches you have to surrender all to Christ PLUS remain faithful to the end).
– Then you have Baptist churches ALONG WITH the Presbyterian church that holds to Calvinism which BELIEVES the False Doctrine that God “Chooses some to be Saved and others to be Lost” (Called T.U.L.I.P).
The Bible states in… 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
The word REPENTANCE means to “Change your Mind” from trusting in the false gospel message that YOU THOUGHT was the true gospel to the TRUE GOSPEL of Trusting Alone personally in the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Christ as the ONLY PAYMENT for your sins and means of getting to heaven.
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; (2) By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. (3) For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; (4) And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.
In ALL truthfulness MOST CHURCHES teach a “Works” PLUS Faith based salvation (which is a False Gospel) in one way or another so as you CAN SEE the foundations of False Teachers, False Doctrines, False Ministries and Churches have ALREADY been built and it is only going to INCREASE all the more a Ten Thousand fold AFTER the Rapture and the Holy Spirit and ALL Christians have been removed
2 Timothy 4:3 DESCRIBES the conditions THAT WILL be present as the Church Age draws to a close and ESPECIALLY during the Seven Year Tribulation Period.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.
Lets continue on…
The birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. I believe represent the the SAME FOWELS (birds) mentioned in V4.
Matthew 13:4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up.
These fowls (birds) ARE satan’s False Teachers, False Churches,Cults, and Ministries that DECIEVE the Unsaved.
The Bible States…
2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
My BEST ADVICE is if you have not done so YET, Believe on Christ NOW, Trust Him as the ONLY ONE who has paid your sins in full.
– Don’t GET DECIEVED and become one of the MANY VICTIMS of satan’s false teachers. false churches, and cults.
– So When the Rapture happens you won’t be one of THE MANY left behind to endure the Seven Year Tribulation Period.
The Bible States…
2 Corinthians 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
The MOST IMPORTANT thing to know IS Jesus Christ as savior, just simply believe that Jesus Christ went to the cross and DIED and shed his blood, was BURIED and three days later RESURRECTED from the dead to pay for your sins. The moment that you do YOU HAVE (at that second and forever) Everlasting Life which WILL NEVER be taken away no matter what.
-Christ DIED for you – Romans 5:8
-Christ PAID your sins in full – 2 Corinthians 5:21,1 Peter 2:24
-BELIEVE (Trust In Completely) in Christ ALONE as the complete payment of sin for salvation – John 3:16, Acts 16:31, Ephesians 2:8,9
“For the wages(payment) of sin is death (eternal torment in hell); but the GIFT(salvation) of God is eternal life THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord”. Romans 6:23
IT IS THAT SIMPLE – THE GOSPEL TRUTH