“The sower soweth the word.” Christ came to sow the world with truth. Ever since the fall of man, Satan has been sowing the seeds of error. It was by a lie, “you will not die,” that Satan first gained control over men. Christ is the Revealer of truth to the world. In that first promise spoken to our fallen race in Eden, Christ sows the gospel seed. The parable of the sower especially applies to His personal ministry and to the work which He established.
The Word of God is the seed. Every seed has in itself a germinating principle. So there is life in God’s Word. Christ says, “The words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63. “He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, has everlasting life.” John 5:24. In every command and in every promise of the Word of God is the power by which the command may be fulfilled and the promise realized. He who receives the Word is receiving the very life and character of God.
Every seed brings forth fruit after its kind. Sow the seed under right conditions, and it will develop its own life in the plant. Receive by faith the incorruptible seed of the Word, and it will bring forth a character after the similitude of the character and the life of God.
Christ’s work as a teacher of truth was in marked contrast to that of the rabbis of His time. They dwelt upon traditions. The subject of Christ’s teaching and preaching was the Word of God. He met questioners with a plain, “It is written.” “What saith the Scriptures?” “How readest thou?” At every opportunity, when an interest was awakened, He sowed the seed of the Word. He who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, Himself the living Word, points to the Scriptures, saying, “They are they which testify of Me.”
We are to do the same work. In our day, as of old, the vital truths of God’s Word are set aside for human theories and speculations. Many professed ministers of the gospel do not accept the whole Bible as the inspired Word. Thus, seeds of infidelity are sown; for people become confused and know not what to believe. The Word of God is made to appear mysterious and obscure in order to excuse transgression of His law.
Christ rebuked these practices in His day. He taught that the Word of God was to be understood by all. He pointed to the Scriptures as of unquestionable authority, and we should do the same.
The Bible is to be presented as the Word of the infinite God, as the end of all controversy and the foundation of all faith.