(Luk 8:11-15) Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 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. 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.And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 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.
- Although this passage is parallel to Mat 13:1-8, it is profitable to notice the differences in relation to the topic of discussion. Luke seems to take the parable out of the image of agriculture when compared with Matthew, using words that relate to belief and morals. Note the agriculturally leaning “withered” comment of Matthew, as compared to the “falling away” concept used by Luke. (Also, notice the replacement of the “sun scorching” in Matthew, with Luke’s “time of temptation” statement.)
- The topic of conditional security is further strengthened by Lukes use of this parable, using terminology that assists the non-hebrew mind. Luke very often takes Jewish concepts and interprets them for his Greek reader, thereby assisting us with our western thought patterns.
Luk 11:24-28 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
- This passage is primarily discussing the nation of Israel, and their ultimate state after the rejection of the Messiah (See Lk 11:14-17 to determine recipients of the message above.) The nation’s existence was doomed, and yet often the Lord was pleading with the nation to receive His message. Instead they (the leadership of the nation of Israel) condemned a guiltless man, and crucified thier God. Jesus was cleaning the nation (the house of Israel) , in this instance rescuing those victim of demon possession, while the leaders condemned. Without His ministry, those of the evil horde could easily return and possess the man (also called the house in this passage, ie. the nation of Israel) with many more than before.
- This passages lends itself to conditional security in the general teaching that many promises were granted to the nation of Israel, but their continued stubborn refusal to submit to the Master left them open to any alternate influence.
Luk 12:42-46 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbeliever.
- Notice that Luke states .”…whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing”, not “whom his lord when he cometh shall find so believing”. The blessing comes upon doing, or in other words activity and obedience, not doctrinally pure belief.
- Also notice that the servant who would be blessed when he was obedient is the same servant who would be “cut in sunder, and have his portion with the unbeliever” when found being disobedient.
- What is the difference? The activity of the servant! (Notice that the end of the servant will depend on the servants performance/activities.)
- A very disturbing passage!