For while we were yet weak, in due season Christ died for the ungodly. Rom. 5,6

God causes the growth!

   The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head. Mark 4:28

   There is one thing you need to notice here, for it is the main essence in this message, namely that the soil bears crops by itself! It depends merely on the seed that has been sowed, if it is capable of germinating, and not at least that it is of the right kind.
   If it has fallen in good cultivated soil, then everything that is needed lays in the seed itself.
   Any farmer knows this! But it is also like this when it comes to the spiritual seed and the spiritual life, says Jesus - all has been laid down in the seed (the Gospel) that is sown, like the manna in the desert contained everything they needed to stay alive.
   That everything depends on the act and the gift of the Lord is there some who with contempt calls «hyperevangelical» and «superevangelical,» an by that presents it as something dangerous.
   Firstly, they do not see the contempt they shows for the Gospel of God, the one He has given us in His grace and love - and secondly, they reveals by this, that they themselves have never experienced what it is to be a lost and helpless human being facing the holy Law of God.
   How could He call His salvation exactly rest, if it still should depend on us and ours?
   But you who have experienced this, to stand totally undressed your own, and every day anew experiences your lack of capability in this case - to remain standing before God, you do not know how to thank Him enough for such words of comfort. That is also His intention!
   The soil produces crops by itself! Let noone take that away from you by for instance a fear of God and spirituality which is better than to «only» believe! You just place yourself under the Word, by hearing and by reading and prayer, and let yourself be watered and manured this way - He is the one who provides the growth!
   «I planted, Apollos watered, but
God was causing the growth
.» (1 Cor. 3:6).


Holy Bible New American Standard Version
Translator: E.K.



26 jan.