The Parable of the Sower–The Secret of Spiritual Growth

     Parables conceal the mysteries of the government (kingdom) of God.  They contain things “kept secret from the foundation of the world.” 


     One parable, the parable of the sower, is the key that will unlock the understanding to all the parables, and that is the parable of the sower.  Know ye not this parable? And how then will ye know all parables? (Mark 4:13).  It is found in Matthew 13:1-9. 


          Behold, a sower went forth to sow; and when he sowed, Some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: some fell upon stony places, where they  had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: and when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 

          And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung  up,  and  choked them; but other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirty-fold. Who has ears to hear, let him hear.


       He mentions three levels of fruit production—thirty, sixty and one hundred fold.  Just like some plants produce more fruit than others, some true Christians will “produce” more fruit of the Spirit than others.  Some will remain “babes in Christ,” mostly concerned with what God can do for them.  Some will grow to be young men and women in God.  And some will grow up fully “into Him,” or rather He will be fully manifested in them.  All three of these fruit bearers are in His fold, in His kingdom, and yet, some will have Christ walking in them fully. 


     The Master goes on and explains this parable in v. 18-23.  The seed that the sower sows is the word of the kingdom, the words about God’s government that rules the human heart and also the governments of this world.  Seed by the wayside is snatched up by Satan.  Seed on stony ground can’t get rooted because of fear of what their friends and neighbors will say, so it withers.  Seed among the thorns is when this word is choked out and pushed aside by loving the riches of this present world system.  But seed into good ground is a “good and honest heart” taking in this truth, and understanding it, and bearing fruit–the fruit of the Spirit, which is “love, joy, and peace.”  These are the “good ground” who will bear fruit at different levels–30, 60, and 100 fold.


     We will not all remain children “tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine.”  We will not all remain powerless “against the wiles of the devil.”  We will not all remain weak and powerless against sin and sinning.  Some will become the “manifested sons of God.”  Some of us will fulfill this “high calling of God in Christ.”  Some will be able to say like Paul the apostle, “It is no longer I that lives, but Christ that lives in me.”  Some will not remain in buildings with the other pretenders, who go through the motions of “going to church” instead of being the church, the very body of Christ. 


     Yes, some will see and believe the secret concealed in this parable and will realize that there are different  distinct levels of fruit bearing in His kingdom.  Some of his offspring will walk in His Spirit in a greater depth than others.  


     The apostle John writes to Christians on different fruit bearing levels in I John 2: 12-13–children, young men, and fathers.  Many other scriptures confirm this.  “First the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear…Faith, hope, and charity (agape love)…Justification, sanctification, and glorification…” and many more. 


     This does not set well with the politically correct.  It never has.  The same word of the kingdom is sown to all, but the growth by the “good ground” depends on how much the seed is watered by study and prayer.   


     Finally, as the last line of the parable of the sower says, “Who has ears to hear, let him hear.”  Let those who can take this in and understand it, do so.  For some do not have “ears to hear” this parable.    Kenneth Wayne Hancock


     {For more on this read a chapter in my book at .  Also see for more on parables.


Filed under kingdom of God, Parables, princes and princesses of God, sons and daughters of God

3 responses to “The Parable of the Sower–The Secret of Spiritual Growth

  1. Wayne,

    I agree with your understanding of the three levels of fruit bearing. But this applies only to those who have “a good and honest heart”. The other examples are those who do not believe and never repent; believe “for a while” but then fall away because their belief is superficial, believe and eventually fall away because the cares of this world take precedence over spiritual things. This is supported by Christ’s statement “where your heart is, so will your treasure be”. If one is not good and honest, they are those who “love darkness rather than light, lest their deeds be exposed”. The Greek word for “choke” is epnixan, meaning “to throttle or strangle”. I think the end of these is clear. I am also strongly opposed to people using the scripture in 1 Cor 3:10-15 as applicable to laypersons. Rather it is concerning those who preach and teach the Word. Scripture supports my belief that the saints are the stones that are built on the foundation of Christ. The wood, hay and stubble are the same as the tares in the following parable.

  2. wayneman5

    Thanks for the comment. Those not truly in Christ cannot bear His fruit nor grow to become the manifested sons of God. They did not have the ground (heart) that would nurture the seed, the word of God, even to the receiving of a new heart. The major thrust, of course, of the above article is to lay a foundation that one may believe God’s vision of sonship for some in this present age. They will be the firstfruits. And I may not be one of them, and that is okay with me. I just feel blessed to have been given this revelation concerning His will for these latter days, and I will use all of the talents He’s given me to help call them out…So many people, frozen in a dimly lit time, have scoffed at the concept of becoming like the Savior…”You can’t be like Jesus!” they blurt out. To which I say, “Well, is it okay if we be like Peter, James, John, and Paul? You know, He’s the same yesterday, today and forever, and all that…Thanks again for the feedback. Wayne

  3. It was so nice meeting you today! I am enjoying your blog. Much to ponder.

    As for those ‘bells and whistles’ you mentioned, I would suggest avoiding them. I find your page very clean and crisp, and yet, very soothing.

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