And He was saying,
"The kingdom of
God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil;
he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows--how,
he himself does not know.
soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the
mature grain in the head.
when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest
We don't know exactly how
the Kingdom of God grows. It is like a seed. First, it sprouts and puts forth
the first blade, then the stalk, then the head. Then the head ripens with a full
head of grain and then the harvest. The parables of the Kingdom in Matthew 23
show us that the word of the Kingdom is planted in us to produce fruit, and we
are planted in the world as sons of the Kingdom to produce fruit.
Jesus is the first seed of
the Kingdom planted in the earth and He follows the pattern.
"Truly, truly, I
say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains
alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
(John 12:24 NASB)
His death, burial, and
resurrection is the process of planting the seed in the earth and having it grow
up and produce fruit to be harvested. Scriptures tell us that Jesus and those
that rose with Him [Matthew 27:52-53] at His resurrection were the first
fruits of the harvest [I Corinthians 15:23]. We see in this
seed-to-harvest process the unfolding of the Eternal purpose of God in the
earth. This is part of the manifestation of the manifold wisdom of God unfolding
as the mystery hidden through the ages but now revealed as Paul said in
Jesus—The Kingdom Seed
The eternal purpose of God
has three components: 1) a family for the Father; 2) a body and a bride for the
Son; and 3) a temple, a dwelling place, for the Holy Spirit. These three
components are but facets of the same purpose that is contained in the “mystery”
covenant that God made with Himself that is unfolding in time. These three
components are expressed in the Scriptures as seeds. These three seeds compose
the full seed of the Kingdom of God.
The Seed of the Woman
The first prophecy
recorded in the Scriptures is given to us directly by God in Genesis.
will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed;
He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel."
(Genesis 3:15 NASB)
This was spoken to the
serpent as part of the judgment of God of the disobedience of Adam as a result
of the temptation from the serpent. The scholars all agree that this is a
messianic prophecy that speaks of Jesus as The Seed that will crush the devil's
head. Eve certainly believed this because in the first verse of Genesis 4 Eve
says, "I have acquired a man from
the LORD."(NKJV) showing that she thought that she had given birth to the
redeemer Seed. Of course, we know from our perspective that the Seed would not
come forth “until the fullness of time” [Galatians 4:4-5].
what God said in Genesis, we can determine that the primary purpose of The Seed
of the woman was to deal with Satan and his works.
the one who practices sin is
of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God
appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.
(1 John 3:8 NASB)
When we say that Jesus
came to save us for heaven, or save us from our sins, or anything of the other
by-products of the first coming of Christ, we fail to see the full purpose of
God and reveal our lack of understanding of the fullness of His purpose.
The Son of God was
manifested, revealed, shown, in order to destroy the works of the devil. While
this would include the devil's work in the Garden with the temptation, it
primarily refers to the rebellion of the devil and the “fracturing” of the
Kingdom of God and the creation of an alternative kingdom—the kingdom of
The fall of Adam by his
disobedience cut him off from God and made him an ally of the enemy. However,
God has a purpose for man so He did not leave man in that condition. Instead of
simply destroying man along with the devil, His manifold wisdom is revealed by
the Lord redeeming man from the enemy's grasp—translating him out of the
kingdom, the realm, the rule, the power of darkness into the Kingdom of His dear
Son [Colossians 1:13]—and providing a way for man to fulfill His original
intention for him. The Seed of the woman accomplished all of this completely and
To complete this work
required the Son to be incarnated as a man [Philippians 2:5-11] and that
the disobedience of Adam and the devil would be defeated by the obedience of the
Second Man, the Last Adam [I Corinthians 15:45-47]. This obedience
included death, the shedding of blood as an atonement for sin, so that man could
be restored back into a relationship with God that was lost in Adam.
When we are delivered from
the power of darkness into the Kingdom of the Son, we become citizens of the
Kingdom and we are born into the family, the household of God [Ephesians 2:19].
This makes us fellow-heirs with Christ of the things of God [Romans 8:16-17].
So, the accomplished work
of The Seed of the woman has produced:
the destruction of the
works of the devil
the restoration of man
back to a place where he can fulfill the purpose of God
the heirs of God, the
joint heirs with Christ, as a family.
facet of the Eternal Purpose of God has been accomplished by The Seed of the
woman—the Father has a family of many sons who will inherit the things of the
The Seed of Abraham
promised a son, an heir, by God and Abraham in faith believed God. God promised
Abraham that his descendants would be as numberless as the stars [Hebrews
11:8-13]. We recognize today that the Jews, Israel, are the natural
descendants of Abraham, but we also need to recognize that there is a spiritual
lineage of Abraham.
Now the promises
were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, "And to seeds," as
to many, but
to one, "And to your seed," that is, Christ.
The promise to Abraham was
about one seed, Christ, The Seed of Abraham. Those of us who are in Christ are
also descendants of Abraham.
and he received the sign of circumcision, a
seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while uncircumcised, so that
he might be the father of all who believe without being circumcised, that
righteousness might be credited to them, and the father of circumcision to those
who not only are of the circumcision, but who also follow in the steps of the
faith of our father Abraham which he had while uncircumcised. For the promise to
Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through
the Law, but through the righteousness of faith.
(Romans 4:11-13 NASB)
Abraham believed God and
through the righteousness of faith entered into the promises of God and all who
are of like faith are heirs of the promise of Abraham.
not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are
from Israel; nor are they all children because they are Abraham's descendants,
but: "THROUGH ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS WILL BE NAMED." That is, it is not the
children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise
are regarded as descendants.
(Romans 9:6-8 NASB)
Paul puts the clincher on
this in Galatians. He clearly says that we who are not natural descendants of
Abraham are still of the seed of Abraham, sons of the promise.
Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of
faith who are sons of Abraham. (Galatians
And if you belong to Christ,
then you are Abraham's descendants, heirs according to promise.
(Galatians 3:29 NASB)
Christ Jesus, as The Seed of Abraham, procured
for us an inheritance—the same inheritance promised to Abraham and to his
descendants [Genesis 17:7-9]. As
we have seen, The Seed was a spiritual version of the natural promised son; so
it is with the inheritance. Our inheritance, as descendants of Abraham, is a
spiritual version of the natural Promised Land—a land of Promises. Since all of
the promises of God are in Christ [II Corinthians 1:20],
the King, our land of promises is the Kingdom of God—our inheritance [Ephesians
We have the second facet
of the purpose of God accomplished by the Seed of Abraham. The sons have
received an inheritance in The Son [Ephesians 1:11]. This relates to the
Kingdom of God and to the summing up of all things in Christ as part of the
mystery of His will [Ephesians 1:9-10].
The Seed of David
We need to remember that
just as the Eternal Purpose of God is one purpose with three components, which
overlap to bring completeness, the unfolding in time of The Seed into three
components does not separate the function of the seed. There is overlap between
the seeds to bring completeness to the work of Christ as the seed of the
Kingdom. The Seed of David deals with the Kingship of the Lord and of His
concerning His Son Jesus Christ our
Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh,
and declared to
the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the
resurrection from the dead.
(Romans 1:3-4 NKJV)
When God sent the angel
Gabriel to tell Mary about what was to happen to her, he spoke of David and the
throne of David and that Jesus would be a Son and a King who would reign over
the house of Jacob forever.
"And behold, you will conceive in your womb and
bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. "He will be great and will be called
the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His
father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His
kingdom will have no end." (Luke 1:31-33
Jesus is the fulfillment
of the promise of God made to David concerning his son and throne [Jeremiah
So, in The Seed of David
we have the establishment of a Kingdom which will endure as long as there is
night and day and on the throne of this Kingdom will sit a descendant of
David—Christ Jesus [Jeremiah 33:20-21].
The Kingdom in the Earth
When Jesus came, He came
as THE SEED of the woman, THE SEED of Abraham, and THE SEED of David. He,
Himself, was THE SEED of the Kingdom that was planted in the earth and was
raised with resurrection life. In Him we have all aspects of the purpose of God
coming together as one.
Christ Jesus finished all
of the work of the Father that was given to Him. He made two “it is finished”
statements. The first was in His high priestly prayer to the Father as shown in
glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me
(John 17:4 NKJV)
The statement by Jesus
that is shown above was before the more famous one that was made while on the
cross, which is shown below.
“So when Jesus had received
the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!"
And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
(John 19:30 NKJV)
We see from this that two
aspects of the work of Jesus was completed during His earthly life. The cross
completed the work of Jesus as the Seed of the woman, making atonement for man
and being made victorious over the devil. The priestly prayer showed that Jesus
completed His work as the Seed of Abraham—the way was now open for the sons to
receive an inheritance to the glory of the Father. Since these two aspects of
the seed have been completed, how was His work as the Seed of David finished?
The simple answer is that it is not complete, that is, not in time.
In temporal reality, time,
this work of Jesus is still unfolding, even though it is complete in the
spiritual reality of the heavens from the viewpoint of the Father and His
purpose. The completion process began when Jesus was raised from the dead.
By His life and His
death, Jesus became Christ."Therefore let all the house
of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ--this
Jesus whom you crucified." (Acts
By His life and His death,
Jesus became Christ. By His resurrection, He became Lord—sovereign Ruler of the
Kingdom of God. His rule will continue until all rule that is opposed to Him is
completely dealt with, that is, until all things are put under His feet.
the end, when
He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father,
He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.
For He must reign until He has
put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is
For HE HAS
PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET. But when He says, "All things are
put in subjection," it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in
subjection to Him. When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself
also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God
may be all in all.
(1 Corinthians 15:24-28 NASB)
Where we are now in the
timeline of God that extends from Eternity past to Eternity future is the time
frame of the King being seated at the right hand of the Father to rule until all
operations of illegitimate authority and power are brought to a halt. After that
the Kingdom will be turned over to the Father.
Now we are in between. The
next step in the completion of the work of the Seed of David is the physical
return of our Lord and King to establish the physical 1000 year reign of Christ
on earth. During the millennial reign, the last enemy, death, is put under His
feet and destroyed at the close of the millennium. Then, the Kingdom is turned
over to the Father. The Eternal Kingdom continues in the new heavens and the new
earth throughout Eternity without end.
When the seed of the Kingdom is planted in us it
grows and produces first the blade or shaft, which is the application in our
lives of the work of Jesus as the seed of the woman; then, it produces the head,
which is the application in our lives of the work of Jesus as the seed of
Abraham; then, it produces the mature fruit, which is the application in our
lives of the work of Jesus as the seed of David. This is the growing of the
Kingdom seed in us.