Last week we discussed wheat and tares. The world is full of them and it would be easy to judge. However, the amazing thing about this entire subject is that it is possible for the Lord to convert a tare. In the natural this is impossible – certainly a tare (bad) seed can not be transformed into a wheat seed. In other words, “It is what it is.” But here is where the miracle of transformation takes place in the spiritual realm. We were all tares (bad seed) before the Lord filled us with the Holy Ghost of promise. “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (I Cor. 6:11) So there is absolutely nothing to glory in but God Himself, and His amazing mercy on our sin-drenched souls.
How does a tare come to repentance? He (she) has to want deliverance from the kingdom of darkness and desire with all of the heart a new life. This passion for change will bring desperation in the soul to be willing to surrender all to the King of kings and Lord of lords.
There has been much talk about “change” in our present government administration. We’ve seen change all right – change from a republic to a quasi-socialist state. However, ultimately the Lord is the only One to bring lasting change – transformation. When one is born again they literally step out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. As a butterfly sheds its cocoon to become something completely new, and as the wheat of corn separates from the chaff that surrounds it, so we welcome change when we allow the Lord to be the King of our life
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The ultimate change will be at the last trump, as the saints of all ages are gathered to meet the Lord in the air, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” I Cor.15:52
Jesus Christ was the corn (seed) of wheat that shed His blood at Calvary. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” (John 12:24) Jesus Christ, as God manifest in flesh, was that corn of wheat who alone was qualified to die for us. For 2,000 years He has been producing offspring from that single ultimate sacrifice at the Cross. Those who have been born again, by dying to self in repentance and being born of water and Spirit, are the “much fruit” spoken of in this verse. Before someone is born-again they are in bondage to Satan and the flesh. “That is, they which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.” (Romans 9:8) What is the promise? It is the promise of the Holy Ghost. We must be filled with His Spirit so that when the signal is given and the reapers begin we will be gathered unto Him. “Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” (Mt. 3:12) “And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” (Rev. 14:15)
If the chaff was not removed from the wheat it would not be pure. Threshing instruments are needed to harvest the wheat and sometimes a pitch fork is used to lift the strand of wheat high into the air and as they drop back down the chaff will fall off and disappear in the breeze. Some of the chaff, however, falls back down to the ground and a more complicated process of threshing instruments is needed to carefully and painstakingly remove the chaff and separate the tares. There are some things that try to cling to us. We need the skill of the Harvester to remove and thoroughly purge us of all traces of iniquity and the spots and stains of worldliness that try to cling to us. Be encouraged, wheat turns a beautiful gold color before being harvested. It is our faith in the Lord Jesus and obedience to His Word that is making us like “pure gold”.