THE WHEAT AND THE TARES

 

Matthew 13:24-30

 

Feb. 10th, 2019

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Intro – Our text today deals with the kingdom of heaven. The true church makes up the true kingdom of heaven.  When we look at the physical church that is suppose too represent the true church we realize there are unbelievers mixed in with the believers. A situation Jesus referred to with a parable on the wheat and the tares.

 

 

 

I. The true church is made up of only believers. (24) Jn.1:12

 

A. People who have believed and trusted Jesus for their salvation. Mt.13:37-38

 

B. They are receptive to the word of God. Mt.13:23

 

C. They choose to gather for worship and bible study. Heb.10:24-25

 

 

 

II. Unbelievers infiltrate the physical church. (25)

 

A. They hear but do not accept the truth. Luke 8:12, 2Thess.2:10-12

 

B. However, only God can see the heart. 1Sam.16:7, Duet.29:29,

 

C. We get insight when we see fruit or the lack of it. Matt.7:16, 1Tim.6:3-4, Luke 8:14

 

 

 

III. God will make the final separation. (30) Luke 12:5, Rev.20:12-13

 

A. We may error not being able to see the heart. Immature wheat looks just like a tare!

 

B. Weak believers may be hurt and think we are too harsh but we must warn. 30, 40, 42

 

C. Christ will not be fooled. Matt.7:22-23, Matt.3:12

 

 

 

Con. Are you wheat or tare? Don’t wait to be exposed as a fraud. Repent and believe because someday the truth will be revealed.

 

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