the Time - Part 2
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V.21 ** Is this person now saved by the gospel of
No, even though we may want that person saved, their "joyous"
response is only on the surface and tragically there is no root to the
seed which has been "received".
** What causes the temporary "joy" and close walk with the
Lord to disappear?
"...when affliction or persecution arise because of the word..."
** How fast does this type of individual fall away?
"Immediately"...the same speed in which he had received the
Word with joy!
** Did this person loose their salvation?
No, they never knew Jesus Christ, but only followed a shallow and emotional
impulse, until it proved to be too expensive.
Notice now, this is the second error made by the world.
2) They make personal comfort their god. When their trendy or
superficial faith is tested by the heat of persecution, they are shown
to be false.
V.22 ** For the third and final error made by the unbelieving
world, let's look at the third "soil" type of person who hears
God's word. What causes this guy to become "unfruitful"?
The thorns of life, which is the worry of the world and the deceitfulness
of riches, chokes the Word. This person claims to be a Christian, but
everything about his lifestyle is worldly. When his financial situation
changes, he falls flat on his face.
** Why does money have such a negative impact on this want-a-be Christian?
Because he does not know that money is "deceitful". It promises
security and a future, but in reality there is none based upon our financial
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