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The Growing Process of Salvation:
A Farmer’s Checklist
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ....
II Pt. 3:18
Following are the notes for a teaching delivered at a home fellowship in August, 1991. This teaching outlines the process of salvation from the perspective of a growing seed including the roles of the various elements affecting seed growth as found throughout scripture.
This outline is especially commended to overseas pastors seeking the simplest illustrations in nature and scripture for communicating all the essential elements of salvation to new converts to the faith!
Parables and illustrations from farming are one of Jesus' chief methods of teaching the complete nature of salvation.
Parable of the Farmer Mk.4:26-29
Parable of the Sower Mt. 13 (Mk. 4; Lk. 8)
General References to “Plantings of the Lord”
Is. 60:21; 61:3 Mt. 15:13 I Cor. 3:6-9
1, Ground, earth, soil
= human body/heart Gen. 2:7; 3:19 Ps. 103:14
4 Types: (Mt. 13)
- wayside (hard) 13:4,19
- stony, thin 13:5,20-21
- thorny (cares of the world) 13:7,22
- good (honest) 13:8,23 Lk. 8:15
= Word of God Mt. 13 Lk. 8:11 I Pt. 1:23 (Jms. 1:21)
- seed of Christ-in-you,
- body prophecy/ministry, and
- personal revelation
= tribulation and persecution through opposition Mt. 13:6,21
testing, isolation, desert (heat of any kind) - fire I Pt. 1:7; Is. 43:2 "Can you take the heat?"
= anointing of the Holy Spirit Ho. 6:3 Joel 2:23 Ac. 2:17 James 5:7
falls on just and unjust Mt 5:45;— Mt. 7:21-23
reveals thorns Heb. 6:7
5. River (Underground Water Source) Jer. 17:8 Ps. 1:3
= entrance into internal abiding Presence of God within the heart Jn. 7:38-39 "well-spring", quenching of thirst Jn. 4:14 Rev. 7:16-17
- a dimension of Holy Spirit distinct from rainfall (anointing).
Ministers to internal root system producing stability of personality accessed through piercing deed layers of bedrock, shale, etc. (Strongholds)
6. Plowing, digging, hoeing Lk. 13:8 Jer. 4:3-4 Ps. 129:3
= preparing the ground (heart) through repentance and the cutting work of the cross (inner suffering) It is sense of need that makes us able to receive the word
7. Death of Seed Jn. 12:24-25
= failure of natural expectations surrounding the word's fulfilment
(see first failures of Joseph and Moses concerning their words)
8. Pulling of weeds and thorns Mt. 13:22 Jer. 4:3 Heb. 6:8
= dealing with character flaws, lusts, etc revealed by rainfall
9. Fertilizing using dung Lk. 13:8 Phil. 3:4-8
= learning from the mistakes/dead works of yourself and others
(dung=dead works) a smelly business!
10. Pruning bad branches Jn. 15:2
= inevitability and necessity of division as fruitless is separated from the fruitful Rom. 11:17-22 I Cor. 11:19
11. Timing and seasons Mk. 4:27
= learning how to wait (patience) Jms. 5:7-8
- "day and night" Mk. 4:27
day = times of laboring Jn. 9:4
night = times of rest Heb. 4:11
- "seasons" Eccl. 3:1
Harvest Mt. 13:30,39 Mk. 4:29 Rev. 14:15-16 Mt. 9:37-38 Jn. 4:35
= Separating Fruit from Chaff (-hidden work within the visible work Rom. 9:6)
Fruit Mt.13:8,23 Jn. 15:1-16 Rom. 6:22;7:4 Gal. 5:22 Eph. 5:9
Phil 4:17 Col. 1:6 Heb. 12:11 Jms. 3:18; 5:7-8
= the bringing forth of all the promises of God through the revelation of Jesus Christ through the character of His People
Chaff Mt. 3:12 Hos.13:3 Job 21:17-18 Ps. 1:4;35:5 Is. 5:24 (Rev 14:17-20)
= all that remains at harvest which falls short of the glory of God and is unredeemed, all fleshly encasement of the living word, all that is of "self" (including everything from personal works to groups of unredeemed people.)
- destined for final burning Mt. 3:12 Jn. 15:6 I Cor. 3:13-15
To be found ripe and fruitful at harvest, we must benefit from all 11 elements and factors according to supervisory direction of the Father
(-The Husbandman, Jn. 15)
This process applies across the entire spectrum of God's work in people:
- personally (including specific parts of our life as well as the whole of it)
- corporately (local bodies and parts of bodies like home fellowships)
- trans-locally (different bodies in different places)
- trans-temporarily (generations and church eras of history)
Some individuals, bodies, and eras of church history are noted for particular strengths in some elements while resistant to other factors. Examples:
- Fundamentalists very "seed" oriented, but deny need for "rainfall, plowing, and underground water."
Ground tends to hardness.
- Charismatics very "rain" oriented, but resistant to "sunshine, plowing." (much "rain dancing" here.)
Ground generally unplowed, lacking underground water source.
- Holiness bodies very "plowing, death of seed" oriented, but weak on "seed" and "rain."
- Deeper-Life bodies very "river, underground water" oriented, but weak on "seed", deny need for "rain." Good root system, but stunted upper growth.
written from Merrimack, New Hampshire
First Love Ministry
- a ministry of Anglemar Fellowship
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