The Berean Expositor
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The Pharisees, in spite of their physical descent from Abraham, did not originate (ek)
from God--but they did originate (ek) from Satan. We can surely understand why Christ
was not popular with the religious leaders of His day! And we may say that this doctrine
is not popular today either. Some professing Christians flatly reject it because it does not
square with their ideas, but we would remind them that this doctrine comes from One
Who said "I am the Truth" (John 14: 6) and Christians are not at liberty to disagree with
The doctrine of the two seeds is also clearly taught by the Lord in the parable of the
tares (Matt. 13: 24-30), and it was this one out of all the other parables that the disciples
asked the Lord to explain (verse 36). It should be noted that the Lord disclaims any
connection with the tares. They did not emanate from Him. "An enemy has done this",
He said (Matt. 13: 27, 28). "The tares are the children of the wicked one; the enemy
that sowed them is the devil" (verses 38, 39) the Lord declared. One thing is perfectly
clear; tares remain tares right to the end of the age, when they are gathered together by
angels and destroyed in a "furnace of fire" (verses 40-42). Not a single tare is changed
into true wheat, nor does the true wheat ever becomes tares. They represent two totally
different classes, the true wheat, the children of the kingdom, and the tares, the children
of Satan introduced by him in his attempt to thwart and overthrow the kingdom purposes
of God. Similar teaching is given by the Lord Jesus when He said "Every plant, which
My heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up" (Matt. 15: 13). Not all those
who are in the garden of mankind are planted by God. Satan has introduced his weeds
and they will surely be eradicated before God's kingdom becomes a glorious reality.
One may ask the question, as the true seed of God are born into this world as sinners
(as Romans clearly testifies), can they not be regarded as "tares" before they are saved
and justified? The answer is definitely "no". They come under the dominion of sin and
death certainly, and need the redeeming work of Christ to remove this condition, but
never are they regarded as originating from Satan and being the children of the devil.
Nor, as stated before, do we find a single tare in the above parable, changing into true
wheat. They remain Satan's seed right to the end, when they are "rooted up" and
destroyed. They are outwardly human, but inwardly the seed of the devil. Such is the
sinister picture which the Word of God portrays whether we like it or not. We must
therefore take great care that we do not mix or confuse these two companies or our
conclusions will be wide off the mark of truth. Physical connection with Abraham does
not constitute them the true seed, as the Apostle Paul demonstrates in Rom. 9::
"They are not all Israel, which are of Israel; neither, because they are the seed of
Abraham, are they all children (i.e. of Abraham); but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
That is, they which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but
the children of the promise (i.e. through Isaac) are counted for the seed" (Rom. 9: 6-8).
Ishmael and Esau were "children of the flesh", but that does not constitute them the
true seed. The true seed are the children of promise who originate from God. They are
"in Isaac" if true Israelites, and "in Christ" in the wider application of the figure.