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Parables Of Jesus Christ: The Fruitful Seed
The Messiah's parable of the fruitful seed:
"4:26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; 4:27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. 4:28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. 4:29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come." (Mark 4:26-29 KJV)
"If ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise"
A seed can exist for a long time without coming alive. It may be viable, but without water it will remain, for all intents and purposes, dead. It requires rain on the grain.
"30:23 Then shall he give the rain of thy seed, that thou shalt sow the ground withal" (Isaiah 30:23 KJV)
The water that causes the spiritual seed of humanity to sprout and grow is the Holy Spirit, the "living waters."
"4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." (John 4:14 KJV)
Once sprouted, seed must grow. There's no turning back (see No U Turns On The Road To Life). If conditions become such that growth does not proceed, the seed will corrupt and rot to death.
"2:13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water." (Jeremiah 2:13 KJV)
The "seed of Abraham" speaks not merely of his physical descendants, physical Israelites (or any of the many others who are descended from him; see Abraham Wasn't A Jew and Circumcision). The seed of Abraham are those who are truly faithful and obedient to the LORD, as Abraham was.
"4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, 4:17 As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations, before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. 4:18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be." (Romans 4:16-18 KJV)
It is that "seed" that the parable describes - the good seed that grows toward the harvest.
"3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." (Galatians 3:27-29 KJV)
Fact Finder: Why is "bad seed" that sprouts allowed to grow until the time of harvest?