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One World, Two Destinies

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“Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn” (Matthew 13:30).

TEXT — Matthew 13:24-43


As harvest time is to all farmers irrespective of their geographical locations worldwide, so is the end of the world to believers and unbelievers. However, our Lord is coming back again to take the saints to heaven for a blissful eternity. He will reward His saints with crowns of glory and they shall finally spend their eternity in the kingdom of our Father in heaven. To sinners, He promises eternal damnation.

In today’s text, Christ our Lord speaks to His disciples in parables about the decision of God to reward all men according to their deeds on the last day. Christ emphasises the parable of the tares of the field. He likens the kingdom of God to a man sowing good seeds in his farmland. However, while sleeping, his enemy sows tares among the wheat. When the wheat sprouts, the tares grow alongside. The servants of the sower observe the development, report to their master and suggest that the tares should be removed to give the wheat a chance of bearing fruits. The sower declines his servants advice, preferring both tares and wheat grow together. He directs that the wheat shall be harvested and separated from the tares at the time of harvest.

The sower of the good seed is our Lord Jesus Christ. The field is the world where the sinner and saints live together, though heading to different destinations at the end of the world. The good seeds are the children of God while the tares are the children of the devil. The enemy that planted the tares is Satan and the harvest is the end of the world.

As the sower separates the tares from the wheat at the time of harvest, God will separate sinners from saints at the end of the world. While He sends sinners to the lake that burns with fire and brimstones, He will bring His saints into eternal rest in His kingdom.

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Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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