Continuing to look at the parables that Jesus spoke concerning the kingdom of God, we come to the parable of the wheat and the tares. We examine this passage, together with the explanation that Jesus gave.

We see that the wheat and the tares looked very similar when they first sprouted, and that it was only in the bearing of fruit that they could be told apart. We look at the explanation Jesus gave for the parable and especially consider what is meant by the field, which Jesus describes as ‘the world’, and why it is important that the tares not be uprooted ahead of God’s time.

We are assured from this passage that there is a judgment to come, in which everyone will stand before God and receive their due for the deeds they did in life. Unbelievers are encouraged to prepare for that Day in the only way possible; by turning from their sins and coming to Christ. Believers are encouraged to rejoice that there is a Day coming when they will shine in the kingdom of their Father, free of all taint of sin and able to enjoy God for all eternity.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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