The Parable of the Sower and the Seed - Matthew 13, Mark 4 and Luke 8.
Does the Parable of the Sower and the Seed teach “free will choice” or man’s natural ability to receive salvation, as the Arminians tell us?
Those who believe in “free will choice” will glom onto almost anything they think they can find in the Scriptures that they can interpret in such a way as to defend their beliefs.
They will blow right on by all the verses that tell us that God himself does the choosing unto salvation (2 Thessalonians 2:13) and that He chose his elect people in Christ before the foundation of the world and predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself according to the good pleasure of HIS will (Ephesians 1:4-5),
and that “ALL that the Father giveth me SHALL COME to me” (John6:37) and that the Lord Jesus himself GIVES (not offers or makes possible but gives) “ETERNAL LIFE TO AS MANY AS THOU HAST GIVEN HIM.” (John 17:2)
They either ignore or do not believe what God says about his word in places like Isaiah 55:11 - “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: IT SHALL NOT RETURN UNTO ME VOID, BUT IT SHALL ACCOMPLISH THAT WHICH I PLEASE, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
Such is the case of one “free will choice”/Arminian who posted the following words at one of our Facebook forums -
He writes: “Stealing From A Dead Man?
Luke 8:11-12 “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.”
Then he comments: “We are told that the non-elect unregenerate person rejects the word of God due to his sin nature, but instead, we are clearly told here that the devil takes the Word from their hearts, so they will not believe and be saved. This seems to show that they have the ability to receive the Word, but the devil is actively involved in keeping the Word from taking root. Why would Satan have to have a present-day involvement “takes away the word from their hearts, so…” if unregenerate man was totally unable to receive the Word into his heart in the first place?” (End of comments)
“Free will choice”/Arminians always end up making the Bible contradict itself as they turn God into a Cosmic Schizophrenic who is at cross purposes with himself and is both a Failure and a Liar for not doing what he said he came to do - to save HIS people from their sins.
The first thing we should note about this Parable is what the Lord tells us when he begins it.
He says in Luke 8:10 “And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.”
Contrary to popular belief, Jesus did not speak in parables to make things easier to understand. Rather, it was to reveal spiritual truth to his people and to hide it from the others - “that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.”
And this is still happening today in the case of those who continue to fight against “the purpose of God according to election…not of works, but of him that calleth.” Romans 9:11.
According to the comments of this particular “free will” advocate, he thinks the unregenerate man can “receive the word” and it appears he also believes that one whom God so longs to save can be lost because the Devil is stronger than He is and can defeat His purpose and “takes away the word out of their hearts.”
In order to believe things like this, they have to flat out contradict tons of other Scriptures that teach us the exact opposite.
The devil or Satan is not stronger than God at all. Not even close. He seeks to kill and destroy, but he can only go as far as God allows him to. Read the book of Job to see this.
God is ultimately the one who blinds the non-elect and leaves them in their sinful rebellion.
“7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; BUT THE ELECTION HATH OBTAINED IT, AND THE REST WERE BLINDED.
8 (According as it is written, GOD HATH GIVEN THEM the spirit of slumber, EYES THAT THEY SHOULD NOT SEE, AND EARS THAT THEY SHOULD NOT HEAR;) unto this day.” Romans 11:7-8.
When the seed of the gospel is “sown” or preached, there are many different ways that people react to it, as this parable shows us.
They all “hear and receive the word” but not all understand it - “that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.”
In the final analysis it is God himself who gives the gifts of both faith and repentance to his elect people and blinds the eyes and hardens the hearts of the non-elect - those he has chosen to leave in their sin to follow their own fallen and rebellious nature, will, desires and inclinations.
See “Why is it that some people believe (have faith) in Christ as their Saviour and others do not?”
Regarding Luke 8:13, which this particular Arminian did not mention but he should have - “They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which FOR A WHILE BELIEVE, AND IN TIME OF TEMPTATION FALL AWAY.” -
The Bible also teaches us that there is a false “natural” faith that some people have that is not the saving, God-given faith He gives to his elect people - “the faith of God’s elect” (Titus 1:1)
See “Is there a type of "faith" or "belief" in Jesus Christ that is NOT a saving faith?”
And concerning Luke 8:15 where we read: “But that on the good ground are they, which in AN HONEST AND GOOD HEART, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.”
If by nature man is described as “There is NONE that doeth good; They are ALL gone out of the way; There is NONE righteous; There is NONE that seeketh after God” (Romans 3) then how is it that there are some who have “an honest and good heart” who hear the word of God and keep it?
This transformation is done by God himself who regenerates and makes us a new creature in Christ.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And ALL THINGS ARE OF GOD, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-18
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” Ezekiel 36:26-27
God’s purpose according to election will not fail in spite of all the opposition by the devil or men of the world who are at enmity with God.
“ALL THAT THE FATHER GIVETH ME SHALL COME TO ME; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:37
“As thou hast given him (Christ) power over all flesh, that he should give ETERNAL LIFE TO AS MANY AS THOU HAST GIVEN HIM.” John 17:2
All of grace, believing the Book - the King James Bible.
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