Mark 4:1-34
1And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land. 2And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine, 3Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: 4And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. 5And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: 6But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. 7And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. 8And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. 9And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 10And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. 11And 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: 12That 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. 13And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? 14The sower soweth the word. 15And 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. 16And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17And 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. 18And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, 19And 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. 20And 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. 21And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick? 22For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. 23If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. 24And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. 25For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath. 26And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; 27And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. 28For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. 29But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come. 30And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it? 31It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: 32But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it. 33And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it. 34But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples. (Mark 4:1‑34)
God, sooner or later, will have all manifested, all things and all persons. Again and again, this is declared. This thought, I may say, pervades Scripture.
So will He have His own grace in the operations of His Spirit manifested.
In the parable of the sower different soils had been disclosed. The one seed, the same in each soil, was the occasion of this.
The good soil had been made good by the husbandry of God, or the hidden visitation of the Spirit. It would not have been good otherwise. But having been thus visited by God, it must be fruitful, because of this principle that God will have His operations manifested. He never lights a candle to put it under a bushel.
This is further taught in the parable that follows, "the seed which grows secretly."
For there, the earth is declared to bear fruit fit for the sower “of itself." That is the point in the parable. God has tilled that soil, and it must therefore be fruitful.
And on the authority of this great truth, that all is to be manifested, the Lord warns us to take heed to the heart, for all in our history depends on that (vs. 24, 25). And the parable of " the mustard seed " appears to enforce that warning. The evil soil of the heart is betrayed and convicted. That which yields luxurient entertainment for the unclean grows naturally there.*
(*The "seed of the sower" and “the mustard seed '': are essentially different, I judge, from this Scripture itself. The sower's seed is good, because the devil is at enmity with it, and nature (whether highway. stony, or thorny) cannot nourish it. It needs soil made good by the husbandry of God. But the mustard seed never provokes the enemy nor needs good soil. It grows where it is cast, in nature's soil, yielding entertainment for the unclean. It is therefore unclean. It is therefore evil)
Thus, there is a great manifestation through the preaching of the gospel. Christendom becomes a field of wide and varied observation. Within it, there is ground visited and tilled by the Spirit, and fruit is yielded to the divine sower; and within it also there is the native ground of the human heart, and fruit in luxuriant abundance is yielded to the unclean.
By and bye, however, complete manifestation will be made, and all this constitutes truth of a solemn character. The secrets of the heart shall be all declared. God “will judge the world in righteousness by that Man whom He has ordained." All must be manifested before the judgment-seat of Christ. This is one holy serious truth connected with this, and which may well persuade us even now to be upright and truthful in our ways.
And there is another. If our ways are by and bye to be all manifested, and the very counsels of the heart declared, if there be nothing in us now that is not then to come abroad, so God's operations declare them selves. If He convert a soul or visit a heart, making good the soil in any of us, we may be sure that such operation is ordained to to show itself. His tilled ground shall bear fruit “of itself." If no fruit appear, the fact, of the Spirit's hidden husbandry may be denied. On the ground of this great truth that all is to be manifested, the Lord exposes the folly of hypocrisy (Luke 12:1, 21In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. (Luke 12:1‑2)).
The apostle, in his ministry, behaved himself in the faith of it (2 Cor. 4:55For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. (2 Corinthians 4:5)). The great white throne with the opened books Will at last vindicate it and illustrate it ( Rev. 20.).