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Kingdom of Heaven part
the time of John the Baptiser until now, the kingdom of heaven has
been forcefully advancing, and great is the number that eagerly,
and in desperation, have seized hold of its truth.
of heaven can be likened to a farmer’s wheat field, planted
with good seed. One night, while the farmer slept, his enemy came
and sowed darnel weeds among the wheat. When the first blades of
wheat finally pushed up through the earth, weeds appeared alongside.
Seeing this, the servants rushed to the farmer, and with distressed
voices wept: “Sir, did not we sow good seed in your field?
Why then are there so many darnel weeds?”
The farmer answered:
“An enemy has done this.”
we try to remove them?” the servants asked.
the farmer replied. “If you pull up the weeds, you will uproot
the wheat as well. Let them both grow together until the harvest
time; and at the time of the harvest I will instruct the reapers:
‘Gather first the weeds, and bind them into bundles for burning.
Then gather the wheat into my storehouse.’”
Here is the
lesson: he that sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field
is the world. The good seed represents the children of the kingdom,
while the seeds represent those deceived by the wicked one. The
enemy that planted the weeds is the evil one. The harvest is the
end of the world, and the reapers are the angels. Just as the darnel
weeds were gathered and burned in the fire, so will it be at the
end of this age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will
gather everything that has caused humankind to stumble, and those
who live lawlessly outside of the kingdom, and will exile them to
a place of weeping and regret. Then the righteous will shine as
bright as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. If you have ears
to hear, then hear these words.
that is divided against itself is doomed; and every city or house
divided against itself will eventually fall. Likewise, if the evil
one is fighting evil, he is divided against himself, and his kingdom
will not last.
One cannot be
liberated from the kingdom of the evil one without first binding
his power. If I cast out devils and perform signs and wonders as
an ally of the devil, as some of you accuse me, then by what power
do your children do the same?
Let your children
stand before you as your judges; they can settle this dispute, for
if your children cast out devils by the breath of God, then the
kingdom is indeed come to dwell among you.
Have you ever
heard this reading from the scriptures: “The stone which the
builders have rejected has become the honored cornerstone; this
is the Lord’s doing, and marvelous in our eyes?” Behold,
the kingdom of God will be taken from you who listen and do nothing
and be given to a people working to bring forth fruit in their lives.
Beware of how
you treat this message: for all of the sins of humankind will be
forgiven, along with all of their blasphemies. But there is no reconciliation
for those who, seeing evil as good, and good as evil, blaspheme
the Holy Spirit. This transgression is eternal. Heed these words.
All about you, evil men and prostitutes are entering the kingdom
of heaven ahead of you. These have heard the call to life and have
turned to God, while the pious and religious have heard the call
and have deliberately turned away.
Prayer is not
achieved by repetition. It is not by reiterating, “Lord, Lord,”
that you will enter the kingdom of heaven, but by doing the will
of my Father who is in heaven.
If after midnight,
you approached the door to one of the city’s prominent houses,
long after the owner had gone to bed, and began to knock loudly,
and shout: “Open the door, I want to come in,” how do
you think you would be received?
the owner of the house would shout back, “Go away! I don’t
know who you are, or why you are disturbing me at this hour!”
What if you
protested in reply, “But we have eaten at the same tables,
and often I have heard you teach in the temple!”
To this, the
owner might reply, “Hear my words; I tell you I do not know
you. Leave me in peace!”
Even so, on
the day of judgment many will come with a similar complaint, saying,
“Lord, Lord, haven’t we prophesied in your name, and
in your name cast out devils, and in your name accomplished many
The Lord himself
will reply, “Depart. I do not know you, who have lived your
entire lives in darkness.”
I instruct you
with these stories because it is given to you to understand the
mysteries of the kingdom of heaven.
Here is another
parable that illustrates the kingdom: Once there lived a rich investor
who was preparing to depart for a distant country. Before leaving,
he called together three associates, putting them in charge of managing
his investments during his absence. He gave five accounts to one,
two lesser accounts to the other, and to the third he gave one insignificant
account, responsibilities equal to their levels of experience.
So it happened,
that the associate who had been entrusted with five accounts immediately
began to buy and sell, and before long, he had doubled his holdings,
so that his accounts were now ten instead of five. The second associate
did likewise, investing his two accounts until he had made four
from the two entrusted to him. But the third associate did nothing.
So fearful was he, that he locked his account in a strongbox and
buried it in the ground, terrified that it might be tampered with,
lost, or stolen.
A good while
later, the rich man returned from his trip. Immediately he summoned
his three associates, curious to learn how they had managed his
money during his absence.
The first associate
recounted how he had invested the five accounts, and now had ten.
At this the rich man said: “You have done well, and proved
faithful. Because you have been trustworthy with the five accounts
that I gave you, I will put more important ones under your trust.
You may begin today to benefit from these responsibilities.”
Then the rich
man called the second associate, who reported: “You put two
accounts into my care; now I have four.”
the rich man repeated what he had said to the first associate: “Well
done! You have been faithful in managing two minor accounts. I will
put you in charge of many more. Go to your task with happiness.”
third associate was called, and immediately confessed: “I
have always thought of you as a difficult man. You collect profits
from other people’s money, and I figured that you would only
take back whatever profits I might make from my insignificant account.
I buried my account in the ground, where it has remained unharmed
until your return.”
To this the
rich man answered: “Foolish associate. You know the manner
in which I conduct my affairs. At the very least you could have
entrusted your account with the currency dealers. Only one account
was assigned to your care and you have chosen to bury it in the
ground. Now even this will be taken from you and given to the others
who did wisely. What is left to you, except to dwell on your own
In the kingdom
of heaven, those who use what they possess, no matter how insignificant
it might seem at the time, will continue to receive more and more.
Abundance will be theirs! But those who act in fear, unfaithful
in the least of life’s matters, will eventually lose all.