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The Seed of the Kingdom

By Bynum Black

(1871-1944)

The "seed" is that which contains the life. The word of God is the seed of the kingdom (Luke 8:11; Matthew 13:19). Christ says, "The words that I have spoken unto you, they are spirit, and they are life" (John 6:63). "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). Paul calls it "the word of life" (Philippians 2:16). "The word of God is quick and powerful" (Hebrews 4:12). "The sower soweth the word" (Mark 4:14). We are made clean through the word (John 15:3). It is called the word of salvation (Acts 13:26). The word of God shall never perish (1 Peter 2:23-25). Christ says, "My word shall not pass away" (Matthew 24:35). We are admonished to receive the word (James 1:21); to hold fast to the word (Titus 1:9); to comfort one another with the word (1 Thessalonians 4:18); to preach the word (2 Timothy 4:12); and to be doers of the word (James 1:22). "Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it" (Deuteronomy 4:2). "Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar" (Proverbs 30:6). "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book" (Revelation 22:18).

With all this array of proof, men will tell you that God's word is "a dead letter," and fall to their knees and pray for God to send down converting power. They all take the word of God for a kind of a form and then supplement their own notions. Why take the word of God as a form and then say there is no power in it? Paul mentions a class of people who have a form of godliness, but deny the power thereof (2 Timothy 3:5). In the seventh verse he says they are "Ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." The 9th verse says "Their folly shall be evident unto all men." For they "Turn away their ears from the truth and are turned aside unto fables" (2 Timothy 4:4).

God is not a respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). Just as far as the word (the seed of the kingdom) has been preached, God has saved people. The word produces Christians, and where the word has never gone there are no Christians. If God has other means to give spiritual life, and is, as they claim, sending down converting power, why are the heathen living and dying in total ignorance and destitute of spiritual life? If He converts tens of thousands here by such a process, and does not convert the heathen, He is a respecter of persons and Paul and Peter are found liars. Oh shame!

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