What About Results?

One of the saddest facts that we, who know the Lord, must face is that many will never be saved! Jesus used the parable of the sower to bring His disciples an awareness of this tragic reality. We find His explanation in Mark 4:10-20: “And when He was alone, they that were about Him with the twelve asked of Him the parable, and He said unto them, ‘Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: that seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.’ And He said unto them, ‘Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?’ The sower soweth the Word. And these are they by the way side, where the Word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the Word that was sown in their hearts. And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the Word, immediately receive it with gladness; and have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the Word’s sake, immediately they are offended. And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the Word, and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the Word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.” First, the Word is used in all four groups. The first group heard. Before they thought on it, Satan distracted their minds away from the Word. The second group have hard hearts. They get emotionally stirred but have no roots. At the first instance of persecution, they “jump ship.” The third group hear but cares, riches and wrong desires choke the Word and they bear no fruit, showing that salvation didn’t “take.” The fourth group is “good ground” and they bring forth fruit in various amounts. These are the truly born again ones. Which kind are we? “Almost Persuaded,” By P. P. Bliss speaks to the difference between those who are genuine and those who are not: “Almost persuaded,” now to believe; “almost persuaded,” Christ to receive; seems now some soul to say, “go, Spirit, go Thy way, some more convenient day on Thee I’ll call.” “Almost persuaded,” harvest is past! “Almost persuaded,” doom comes at last! “Almost” cannot avail; “almost” is but to fail! sad, sad, that bitter wail, “almost,” but lost!” Selah!” Only “the minority” experience true conversion. For all, nothing is as important as being sure that we are part of “that minority!”  Ron

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One thought on “What About Results?

  1. I know the song “Almost Persuaded”. I played it many times for alter calls. Thanks for this contribution. Another great one!

    God bless,

    Dallas

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