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“But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.” Matthew 13:8

Where the seed falls into good ground, it brings forth different fruit: hundredfold, sixtyfold and thirtyfold. Yeshua’s parables are about the Kingdom (Mark 4:30, Matthew 13:24, 31, 44, 45, 18:23, 25:1) and so is the parable of the sower (Matthew 13:18-19). In Matthew 13:18 Yeshua tells us this is an important parable to hear (spiritually) (vs 9): ‘Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower’ (vs 18). The parable is about fruits. Yeshua’s teaching must be understood spiritually (‘the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life’ John 6:63). So, the fruits in the parable of the sower are spiritual fruits. With this parable, Yeshua doesn’t want to make clear that we have to learn to bring forth as much fruit as possible with our physical crops. He wants to make clear that we have learn to bring forth as much spiritual fruit as possible. And this is connected with the Kingdom. With the Kingdom within us (Luke 17:21), in our mind and heart.

Where else do we find these fruits in the Word?

Romans 6:22 “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.”

The fruit leads to holiness. And that is spiritual growth. With the purpose of: life! We grow from (spiritual) death to (spiritual) life!

Philipians 4:17 “Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.”

The fruit abounds: from thirtyfold, to sixtyfold, to hundredfold. This symbolizes spiritual growth as well. In the churches Paul visited, he did not seek material gifts. He searched for spiritual growth of his spiritual children to spiritual maturity (hundredfold fruit).

Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

These are not actions we have to do, these are qualities of our heart. The hundredfold fruit from the parable of the sower equals hundred percent fruit of the Spirit. Yeshua was (is) the perfect example of course.

John 12:24 “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.”

We have to die, to bring forth spiritual fruit. In the context of this text, the physical corn of wheat is used as a metaphor. To spiritually die to ourselves is dying to the will and desires of our own heart. And this means to die to the lies and delusions that are the foundation of these will and desires from man. In this way we bring forth spiritual fruit, much fruit, and that is the hundredfold fruit from the parable of the sower.

John 15:4-5 “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

We can only bring forth spiritual fruit when we abide in Him. And when we abide in Him, we bring forth much fruit and that refers again to the hundredfold fruit from the parable of the sower. Yeshua showed us what ‘abiding in Him’ means: “The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” (….) “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”(John 5:19, 30)

Yeshua could do nothing He had not heard from the Father. “Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.” (…) “Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.” (Matthew 13:9, 18) As Yeshua was connected with the Father and listened to Him, so must we be connected with Him and listen to His truth, to bring forth hundredfold fruit. “For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth.” (Ephesians 5:9)

“This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” Matthew 17:5