Our Lord Jesus Christ, during His ministry, taught through many parables, signs and wonders. In the parable of Matthew 13:24-30, Jesus tells us of the farmer that went and planted wheat seed in clean ground. While the farmer was away from the field, an enemy came and sowed tares in the same field. The farmer did not see this until both began to grow. Wisely, the farmer would not allow his helpers to take out the tares until the wheat was ready for harvest. After all, taking out the tares at harvest ensures that the wheat will not be mistaken for a tare, as could happen when both are just beginning to grow.

In this parable, Jesus makes a distinction between two different kinds of seed. The farmer did not plant a seed that could be either wheat or tares. The wheat that was planted could only grow up to be a wheat plant; just as the tares planted by the enemy could only grow and become tares. The tares cannot grow into a wheat plant. God has created each plant to bring forth seed of its own kind; when germinated, each must grow into its own kind.

Each one of us has a seed planted in us. Those that have been given to Jesus our Lord have had that seed of regeneration implanted in our hearts. Through this seed of regeneration and the death of our Savior, we have our salvation and that promise and surety of our place in heaven.

This seed planted in our hearts can only bring forth the fruit of the seed that was planted. Since the fruit of this seed is our salvation, we can take comfort knowing that once we are children of God we will always remain children of God. Our Father Who has planted that seed in our hearts will preserve that seed as it grows and matures and is ready for the harvest.

Our salvation in Jesus Christ is something that cannot be changed. Just as a kernel of corn cannot grow into a flower, the seed of regeneration can only grow into our salvation in Jesus Christ. The saints are preserved unto Christ in the perseverance of that work of regeneration begun in our hearts. Our salvation is preserved since God will not have that work He has begun in us go undone.

How humbling. We are not saved by our own work or of any merit in and of ourselves. None of us can plant the seed of salvation in our hearts. This seed that has been planted will show the fruit of the seed. We cannot change what that fruit is, or will become. Each saint that is predestined to eternal salvation through Jesus will be preserved unto Him.

We must be careful in the knowledge that no matter what we do our salvation is preserved. We must not sin, thinking that once we have been seeded unto salvation we are preserved. It is terrible if we think it is all right to do what we will because we think that once we are children of God we will always be such.

Each seed brings forth fruit after its kind. As an acorn will not grow into an onion, the seed of regeneration will not grow into sin. Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:16-20: “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” Therefore, we show which seed is within us by living a life of thankfulness to Him by praising and glorifying His name in all that we do.

What a beautiful gift we have been given through Jesus our Lord! That seed of regeneration begun in our hearts will be preserved. Our salvation cannot be lost. The seed planted can only and must only bring forth the fruit of what has been planted. As children of  God we must be joyful in the gift of our salvation. Once we are saved, we are preserved in Christ. Satan and his host of devils cannot make a good seed bring forth evil.

Though Satan can tempt us to fall into sin, ultimately our Savior, through the Holy Spirit, will bring about repentance and forgiveness. Because we are saved, we are preserved in Christ, Who will bring us to our eternal heavenly home.

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Editorial, November 2021: Catechism Season

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Tennessee Young People’s Retreat 2021

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