The Seed

One of the most important things to remember is the law of sowing and reaping.

Let everything bring forth after his kind. 

The power in the seed is not understood and is one of the things that could not be understood in the days in which scriptures were written.

Mark 4:26-28 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; 27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. 28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.

The principle of the seed is paramount to understanding the working of God in the lives of God’s people.  Everything God does starts as seed. The structure of the seed is such that in its growth it shows some of the secrets of the workings and dealings of God. Rom. 1:20 applies here.

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 

In this we see the wisdom of God. Only those who seek for Him with all their hearts will be found of Him. Another way of saying this, in the light of this verse is, if we seek to see him in the visible seed that He has made, a study of it will cause us to understand the things of Him hidden from the creation of the world.

There would be multiple applications of this principle found. Here are just a few applications of the principle.

1.    Understanding the structured of the Godhead. Because it is of Him the things are illustrations, some understanding of the Godhead structure can be attained.
2.    God calls the descendants of anyone, seed. (Abraham’s seed)
3.    The Word of the Kingdom is called seed. (Matt 13)
4.    The Children of the Kingdom are called seed.(Matt 13)

Because of what God is emphasizing in my spirit there are two of these things I really want to emphasize  Before we do this though it is important to understand the process a seed goes through. Some of these principles may seem so simple, yet, within them are hidden the processes of God that give us understanding of His workings with us and in us.

There are two clear reasons given in scripture for seed.

Isaiah 55:10 -11  For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:   11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

There two major reasons for growing of any seed, grain being the illustration referred to here. Grain is grown either for seed to be sown in the earth, or to be processed into bread of some type to be eaten.

Jesus in answering the question of the Greeks spoke to one portion of this. He said, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone. But, if it die it brings forth much fruit.  This shows us that death can be either to further life or for death. If the seed dies in the right environment, it brings forth more than was planted. If it dies in the wrong environment, it brings for immature fruit at best, or no fruit at all. 

The parable of the sower would fit here. Then the question becomes, what is the right environment for death that brings life? There was an urn of seed in King Tut’s tomb. It had been buried for 5000 or so years, but never brought forth fruit. Only when it was brought out and planted beside the Nile in the right environment, did it bring forth fruit after its kind.

In the parable of the sower, the ground is the heart conditions of men. This is so true today. The seed is the Word of the Kingdom, not the word of salvation, or the word of the baptism of the HS or the word of the 5 ministry gifts and their function. Kingdom Word brings forth the Kingdom of God in the life it is planted in.  Yet if Kingdom Word is planted in unprepared hearts it brings forth nothing but confusion, and antagonism. 

There are those who understand this to a measure, but their reaction to the truth of it is wrong. They withdraw themselves from the world, just as clearly as those who desired God in the past and in misunderstanding his purposes withdrew into monasteries and convents in history past. Today they either withdraw into themselves or into the religious system or withdraw themselves spiritually.  The proper reaction to this condition is to feed the people with food convenient for them. If they are baby Christians or newborns you do not feed them with pablum words, but with milk. You do not leave the baby to starve, in fact you pay more attention to the baby because of its helpless state. Often this approach, although logical in the natural type and shadow, causes older Christians to get their noses out of joint.

An interesting question here is, If we do not bring forth after our kind then are we really  fulfilling the purpose God placed us here for?  God’s original command to man, before the fall was, be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth. The New Testament equivalent of that was Matt. 28: 19. Go ye therefore and teach (make disciples of) all nations...

In the context of the original it means, make disciples of all nations. Discipleship is a step beyond the salvation experience. Many are satisfied with their salvation experience and never go any further. There are others who have the HS baptism, gifts of the Spirit, and move in revelation and ministry, but never reproduce themselves. They never fulfill the command of God about multiplying themselves in any way. Again this raises questions that beg answers.  What is the process by which I can bring forth after my kind? How can I give myself to the process of bringing forth after my kind?

Now to that process. We will save the “bread process” for a further word to be developed later.  Just let me say before we go into this, that Jesus referred to Himself both as seed and as bread. If He is the pattern Son then both must somehow be expressed in our spiritual  experience.

In endeavoring to grasp the concept here we need to believe the Word when it says the Kingdom Word is a seed. The sharing of the process requires that we follow a complete cycle of the seed.

An important principle to remember is that this teaching can be applied on many levels. It goes on in our lives daily as part of the process of life without us realizing it.

The preparation of the seed for planting is very important. When preparing seed for planting in a farming community where I lived, I found that even the grain used for seed had to have the chaff removed. What is chaff? Chaff is that which is protection for the seed as it matures, it is necessary during that time, but no longer necessary when the seed is mature. To get seed ready for planting it was necessary to remove this by violent agitation of the mature seed in some way. This loosened the chaff and the wind blew it away.

Just so we clearly understand the process I want to state it.

As we mature in an area where the Word of the Kingdom has taken affect in our lives, that area becomes mature seed for planting. To some extent it was growing under protection. The proof of the maturity in the head of wheat is that it bows in submission one to another. If it stands up straight and will not submit then it evidences itself as a tare and is only filled with information, not substance. (Knowledge puffeth up 1 Cor. 8:1) The head with substance bows in submission. This is not only submission to the Lord, but submission to one another and the harvester as well. Until this submission is learned chaff cannot be removed. The proof of maturity, is the ability to submit willingly, without anyone constraining us or imposing it on us. There are certain things in our life that have been necessary to protect us while we are maturing that cannot be removed, until we are mature.  Remember, the purpose of the harvest is to produce more seed and when it is the Word of the Kingdom that is being harvested, it is to produce the seed of the children of the Kingdom.

When the seed of the Word of the Kingdom is harvested, the chaff is still on the wheat even if it is harvested with the old fashion machine called the header. In the days of Jesus it was harvested with a sickle or a scythe. This would mean that the old stock was still there as well as the chaff, when it was harvested. In those days this had to be beaten off by flailing.  Then it was winnowed by throwing it into the air and letting it fall down again. In the spirit, flailing of the Kingdom seed is often done by inward agitation. Then it seems our life is tossed about while either winds of doctrine blow or a wind of the HS blows. Both will blow away chaff.

Only then is the seed ready to be scattered or placed in prepared ground. In the days of Jesus, seed was scattered. Today, economy says, prepare the ground first.

Once the seed goes into the ground it is invisible. This is true whether you speak naturally or spiritually. You cannot see what is going on once it has entered the earth. There are crucial days when no one but God knows if the seed has taken. Note the following process and its spiritual realities.

1.    The seed is sown in the earth. It is placed in the realm of the invisible. Only the earth it is placed in knows if the environment is right, after the farmer has done all he can.
2.    In the right environment the moisture(water of the Word) begins to soak the seed and that causes the seed to swell.
3.    The swelling is because the life within the seed has been activated.
4.    Although there is a certain measure of stretch to the shell, it eventually breaks open. This breaking open is because of an inward pressure of the new life swelling or growing. It is the new life within that cracks the shell, not something without.
5.    If we could see what emerged first into the invisible realm from the seed it would be the roots. During the days in darkness, the roots reach into the invisible realm searching for sources of nutrients and food. When the seed of the Kingdom has been planted within us it is important to realize that although we may not feel anything or see anything, the Life within is seeking to put down roots into the realm of the invisible in order to get food so the plant can grow upward.
6.    The next thing to emerge from the shell is the green of the shoot that will eventually break the surface of the invisible to the visible and evidence that there has been growth in the invisible.
7.    Both the roots and the shoot have taken their initial nourishment, from the dying of the seed that was planted. The “meat” portion of the seed has become meat or food for the new life. This brings to mind the Apostle Paul’s testimony. I count all things as dung, that I might win Christ. Dung is fertilizer. Paul counted all he had been through, his stonings, persecutions, jail time, as fertilizer for the new life within.
8.    Once it has broken the ground, a whole new set of processes are released combining with the processes in the roots, to aid the growth and development of the plant toward becoming the fruit of the seed that was originally planted.

This process starts with the Word of the Kingdom in the lives of individuals. Once it has produce the Kingdom in them, The lord then takes some of those who have yielded to the process and obtained the substance of the Kingdom in their lives and sows them in the world as “children of the Kingdom”. Then the process begins all over again.

While what we have shared speaks to the work in individual lives mainly, it can also be applied to different aspects of the Word of God sowed into our lives. There can also be an application to local assemblies in which God causes a whole group to go through this type of process in order that there might be a multiplication of the seed of the Kingdom.

If we were to take the process of making ‘bread for the eater’, it would apply to God working in the life to make them food for the hungry. God also does that in local assemblies. Although time does not permit in this message to go through that process it has greater application to the corporate Body than to the individual, because is speaks of taking a number of “children of the Kingdom” processing them so they lose their individualism and causing them to become part of a corporate “bread” It is the “we being one bread” that Paul spoke of in His epistle.

I have a sense in my spirit that we cannot be made bread until we have first let the seed process work in us.

My challenge in this message is as follows. Only we can examine our own hearts as to the aspect of this message the Spirit would apply to our lives.

1.    Are we seed in storage. In other words, do we have the message of the Kingdom in storage in our life but not planted or doing anything in us. There are whole moves and groups that are only storage barns for seed. They have been that way for years, and have not produced anything.
2.    Are we seed to be scattered to bring forth much fruit? Our Pattern was a Seed of the Kingdom planted that brought forth much fruit. That happened because He was willing to allow the Father to process Him and fall into the ground of the world, the ground of our heart and die. See He was the Word(of the Kingdom) made flesh.

On our answer to these two questions hangs much of our future development in the Spirit. On our response to the Spirit’s dealing around these questions may well rest our eternal destiny in the heavens. I am not speaking of salvation but of eternal reward and position. I ask you to examine your hearts and in your private time with God, answer Him or cry out to Him depending on what the light of this message show in your heart.