Grace Alone

by Mike Ratliff 

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.” (Matthew 13:1-9 ESV) 

One of the first posts to my original blog that preceded Possessing the Treasure was based on our Lord’s Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23; Mark 4:1-9, 13-20; Luke 8:4-8, 11-15). This parable is a wonderful statement by our Lord about the utter futility of fallen man to know, love, and serve God without Him in His sovereignty first extending His grace to give the gift of faith to His chosen, quickening them from spiritual death unto spiritual life. Those who are truly born of the Spirit are the ones who persevere to the end. In this parable, our Lord lays it out there to His people the truth that many genuine seeming Christians will fall away. They will not hold fast with an honest and good heart (Luke 8:15). Some of these are very well known “Christian Leaders” who fall into the worst sorts of false teachings and reveal their disingenuousness through fellowship with heretics thereby falling even further into apostasy. They ignore the Word of God in its clear teaching about morality and the total incompatibility between God’s Kingdom and compromise with the world and its ways. Continue reading