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Thursday, 12 December 2019

The Seed Gospel of Thomas Saying 57

Gospel of Thomas Saying 57

(57) Jesus said: The kingdom of the Father is like a man who had [good] seed. His enemy came by night and sowed weeds among the good seed. The man did not allow them to pull up the weeds. He said to them: Lest you go and pull up the weeds, (and) pull up the wheat with it. For on the day of the harvest the weeds will be manifest; they will be pulled up and burned.

"The Kingdom of the Father is like a man who had [good] seed.”

Seed cp. Saying 9 and signifies the word “The word,” it is perhaps needless to say, is a synonym for the class of ideas comprehended in the gospel, called “the word” because it has been divinely spoken (1Thess. 2:13), and “the truth,” because it is pre-eminently that form of truth without which men cannot live in the ultimate sense (Jn. 8:32). Also The Lord Jesus Christ identifies "the good seed" in verse 38 as "the children of the kingdom." "The good seed" must be the true seed of Abraham which is referred to in such passages as Luke 1:55; Acts 3:25; 7:5; Romans 4:13, 16, 18; 9:7, 8; Galatians 3:16, 19, 29; Hebrews 11:18; and the seed of the woman (Gen. 3:15), Rev. 12:17-in all of these passages the word for seed is identical to that for seed in Matthew 13. It was "the word of the kingdom" which was taught by the Lord Jesus Christ that produced this class of "good seed."

“His enemy came by night and sowed weeds among the good seed.” 

The enemy signifies the devil, some misunderstand this as a supernatural devil but in Matthew 13:28 see Rvm and Young‘s LT), the Lord was careful to phrase it: “A man, an enemy hath done this”, the rather awkward pleonasm emphasizing the need to identify with some evil human influence at work in the early days of the church.

consisting of the authorities of the nation, who everywhere stealthily neutralised the teaching of Christ, disseminating evil doctrines, and scattering wide their sypathisers and disciples, who drew away the people, and multiplied their own number greatly by the energy of their operations and the popularity of their influence.

The “night” signifies: the times of the Gentiles At John 9:4 Jesus spoke of “the night . . . coming when no man can work. Paul also uses the figure in reference to the Parousia (#Ro 13:12), where "night" seems to refer to the present aeon and "day" to the aeon to come. He also uses it in #1Th 5:5,7 where the status of the redeemed is depicted by "day," that of the unregenerate by "night," again, as the context shows, in reference to the Parousia. In #Re 21:25 and 22:5, the passing of the "night" indicates the realization of that to which the Parousia looked forward, the establishment of the kingdom of God forever. Type of Ignorance and Sin {#Ro 13:12 1Th 5:5 Re 21:25 22:5}

The “Weeds” or TARES tarz (zizania (#Mt 13:25 ), margin "darnel"): signifies contrasting “the wheat” or “the sons of the kingdom” with “the weeds,” “the sons of the wicked one.” It should be noted that the “weeds” are not, as some Jewish Talmudists and others once believed, a degenerate form of wheat. Wheat seed never transforms itself into weeds. This would be contrary to God’s immutable law: “Let the earth cause grass to shoot forth, vegetation bearing seed, fruit trees yielding fruit according to their kinds.” (Gen. 1:11, 12) This scientific fact exonerates the “Son of man,” Christ Jesus, the “sower of the fine seed,” from any responsibility for what happened in “his field.” The “fine seed” he sowed would never have become a crop of weeds. It could only produce “wheat,” or true “sons of the kingdom.” What later developed in his “field” was the direct result of his enemy’s deliberate and malicious oversowing of “weeds,” or “sons of the wicked one.”

16 Thus, Jesus’ illustration of the “wheat” and the “weeds” does much to explain the history of Christianity throughout the centuries. Historical facts show that after the death of the apostles Satan introduced among the congregations of true Christians many “weeds,” “oppressive wolves” and “antichrists,” just as Jesus, Paul, Peter, John and Jude had foretold. (Acts 20:29; 2 Pet. 2:1-3; 1 John 2:18; Jude 4) It has been just as Jesus stated: “When the blade sprouted and produced fruit, then the weeds appeared also.”—Matt. 13:26.
These “weeds” became particularly apparent during the second and third centuries, at which time such unscriptural doctrines as the inherent immortality of the soul, hellfire and the Trinity began to be taught by so-called church fathers. Many of these men were more philosophers than true Christian overseers faithful to the teachings of the Bible. The climax came early in the fourth century, when pagan Emperor Constantine fused this apostate Christianity with the pagan religion of Rome. Such counterfeit Christianity, in its Roman Catholic, Russian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox and Protestant varieties, has produced a bumper crop of “weeds” not only throughout the centuries but also right up until the present time.

“The man did not allow them to pull up the weeds; he said to them, 'I am afraid that you will go intending to pull up the weeds and pull up the wheat along with them.'“
“For on the day of the harvest the weeds will be plainly visible, and they will be pulled up and burned." Harvest signifies “the end of the world” (aeon) the Lord Jesus did not mean the end of the nation-world. He used the word aeon instead of kosmos. The harvest was to be at the end of the aeon, sunteleia tou aeonos: and not at the end of the kosmos. And this has two meanings the 1st the aeon in which he flourished Then he would send his reapers; namely, the Romans, his angels, or messenger (aggeloi) of destruction, to "gather out of his kingdom" of Judea, all the tare-like children of Israel, and cast them into the place of the Lord, "whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem" (Isaiah 31:9), where there should be wailing, and gnashing of teeth. When this should be accomplished the aeon would be finished, and the commonwealth of Israel should "be no more until He should come whose right it is to reign." (Ezekiel 21:25-27). "Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.

57)# Jesus said, "The Kingdom of the Father is like a man [Jesus] who had [good] seed [the true Word of God]. His enemy [the devil - those with the spirit of anti-Christ] came by night [the two thousand year age of darkness in the world] and sowed weeds [institutions of false teachings/doctrine] among the good seed [the Truth]. The man did not allow them [the reapers] to pull up the weeds [remove these institutions]; he said to them, 'I am afraid that you will go intending [without the helper even our best intentions may lead to error] to pull up the weeds and pull up the wheat [the faithful who are still in those institutions and darkened by its falsehoods and have not yet "come out from her.."] along with them [leaving them void and empty].' For on the day of the harvest [the third day - when His "body" is raised up (which is also the seventh day) in the millennial Kingdom] the weeds [these institutions and their false teachings] will be plainly visible [to the Elect], and they will be pulled up [forsaken] and burned [destroyed]."

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