Corey Johnson

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Matt. 13:26-30


1.         The grain and the tares are both in the field. (vs.26)



            A.        We have to live in the field that we are planted in the world.

                        1.         Matt. 13:38 The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one.

                                    A.        There will always be the tares amongst the wheat.

                                                1.         1 Peter 2:1 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who brought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.

                                                            A.  Taking from 1 Peter and going back to Matt. 13:25 notice the enemy came while they slept

                                                                 1. 1 Peter the false teachers secretly bring destructive heresies.

                                                                                    A.        The enemy is active and he is not going to stand in the open, he works secretly even in the kingdom.

                                                                                                            1.         Even from the elders of the Church can the enemy attack.

                                                                                                                        A.        Acts 20:30 Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.

                                                                                                            2.         The enemy roams around like a roaring lion.

                                                                                                                        A.        1 Peter 1:5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

                                                                                                                                    1.         A lion does not just walk up on it’s pray it sneaks up and surprises it’s pray else it would not eat.

                                                                                                                                                A.        The devil is not going to walk up to you and introduce himself and tell you that he plans on taking you from the kingdom and devour you.

                                                                                                                                                B.        The enemy did not just walk up and introduce himself to the farmer and say times are tough so I am going to sow tares in you wheat so I can sale more of my wheat.

                                    B.        Notice that the good seed though it was in the field with the tares still produced fruit.

                                                1.         Matt. 13:26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.

                                                            A.        We as children of God have a responsibility as well as capability to produce a crop.

                                                                        1.         We do not have control over anyone but ourselves but we do have a responsibility to produce fruit.

                                                                                    A.        Matt. 21:19 And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away.

                                                                                                1.         This tree because of the type of tree it was a fig tree, there was an expectation of fruit--figs.

                                                                                                2.         To the good seed—the sons of the kingdom there was an expectation of fruit—wheat or to the Christian the fruit of the Spirit.

                                                                                                            A.        Gal. 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

                                                                                                                        1.         A Christian without the fruit of the Spirit is like the fruit tree with just leaves.

                                                                                                                                    A.        A pretender

                                                                        2.         Now we also have the capability of producing fruit even with the tares around and the stumbling blocks that the enemy tries to put in our way.

                                                                                    A.        All the enemy can do is lay traps in front of us we do not have to step in them.

                                                                                                            1.         The enemy has an arsenal of traps and he will try all of them. If one does not work he will try another.

                                                                                                                        A.        1 John 2:15-16 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust if the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.

                                                                                                                        B.        But there is way of escape from every trap or temptation the enemy lays in from of us. It is provided by God and promised to be there.

                                                                                                                                    1.         1 Cor. 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.


1.         We have to live in the world and there will always be tares that are pretenders sown by the enemy. The question is: Are we producing a crop?