You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
7 For [gar] the earth [ge] which [ho] drinketh in [pino] the rain [huetos] that cometh [erchomai] oft [pollakis] upon [epi] it [autos], and [kai] bringeth forth [tikto] herbs [botane] meet [euthetos] for them [ekeinos] [kai] by [dia] whom [hos] it is dressed [georgeo], receiveth [metalambano] blessing [eulogia] from [apo] God [theos]:
8 But [de] that which beareth [ekphero] thorns [akantha] and [kai] briers [tribolos] is rejected [adokimos], and [kai] is nigh [eggus] unto cursing [katara]; whose [hos] end [telos] is to [eis] be burned [kausis]. KJV-Interlinear
7 For ground that drinks the rain which often falls upon it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God; 8 but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close to being cursed, and it ends up being burned. NASB
There are three types of believers. Those who never get off the ground spiritually along with those who oscillate in their spiritual life and of whom never produce much in the way of spiritual production.
Second, there are those who advance in their spiritual life, but they too oscillate somewhat. They never quite reach spiritual maturity but they at least have advanced further in their spiritual life than those in the first group. They have some spiritual production.
Third, are the group which advances to spiritual maturity and remain there, continuing their advance and spiritual production for the remainder of their life.
Here, in our passage, we have the two most opposite categories (the first and third) being compared.
Everyone who has ever lived produces something in their life. They either have worldly production, or that production which comes from their sin nature, or they have spiritual production, or that which comes from the sphere of fellowship and their spiritual life.
Remember that the sin nature has an area of strength which we call human good. Human good is often described as wood, hay, and stubble. It is also compared to thorns and thistles, as in our passage. And the other area of the sin nature is the area of weakness which is sin.
The ground in our passage represents everyone. Everyone has the potential of production. The rain is the wisdom which comes from God. Again, everyone receives ample supplies of rain or Bible doctrine from God.
Those who are positive, open themselves up to the rain and absorb it all. Many reject the rain and they harden themselves such that most if not all of the rain runs off.
The good soil produces abundantly. The good soil produces things that are good for life. To this ground, God gives great blessing even beyond their production.
The bad ground, produces only the weeds. The bad soil produces nothing of use to itself or for anyone else for that matter. Its production is weeds and stickers. God does not give any additional blessings to the bad ground. Actually God withholds blessings from those who would be identified as bad ground.
Positive believers are the good ground. They have good production in their life, and they receive Gods blessings in this life as well as the next life. When they get to heaven then they receive their evaluation and only good is found within them. All of the bad which they might have carried along in their life will be burned away leaving only the good. We often call this good - gold, silver, and precious stones. It is this good production which is the target of Gods blessing.
Note. It is not the person who is the target, but his production. It is not his human works but his spiritual production which receives the blessings of God. Spiritual production is all production accomplished while in fellowship. The more time one spends in fellowship, the more spiritual growth one achieves, then the greater the production. Thus the greater the blessings.
The negative person will have a difficult time in this life. He not only does not receive Gods blessings while in this life, but when he gets to heaven, he will be burdened with all of his earthly production (thorns and thistles). All worthless production. When he stands before the Judgment Seat of Christ, then the first thing that Christ does is to clean up all of the filth and worthlessness from the believer. Christ applies a special fire which burns off all of the thorns and thistles as it were. A negative believer once cleaned up, will have nothing left in his soul (except for his salvation of course). His spiritual production will be zip.
Note also that unbelievers are not in this picture. By definition an unbeliever does not have a spiritual life and therefore cannot have spiritual production.
Production is accomplished over the course of time and that time only occurs after a person has been saved and has entered into the plan of God as a saved believer in Christ.
Unbelievers go into the Lake of Fire in their entirety. Their production is not separated away from them as it is not relevant. In their case, eternal life is what they lack and therefore becomes the basis for their condemnation.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.