In the parable of the tares we have a revelation of the kingdom of Heaven in the field of the world, “Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.”(Mt.10:3).
Christ’s own interpretation is clear and simple.
The kingdom represents the dispensation of the grace of God. According to (Jh.1:17) Grace came with Christ Jesus, and will continues till the end of the age, “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”
The Sower of the Kingdom, is the Son of Man, (v.37), “He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;” All the affairs of this kingdom are in the hands of Jesus Christ according to (Col. 1:16) “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:”
As precious seed it was brought forth as a burden in His bosom. The kingdom of God is not of this world, but from Heaven, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Rev.13:8).
The meaning here is, not that he was actually put to death “from the foundation of the world,” but that the intention to give him for a sacrifice was formed then, and that it was so certain that it might be spoken of as actually then occurring, (Ro 4:17) “As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.”
The Kingdom of Jesus Christ is a kingdom of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. It is the ministration that exceeds in glory (II.Cor: 3: 9), “For if the, ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.”
The Field of the Kingdom, is the World. (v. 35). The world is called “His field” in (v.24). The field is great, but He has seed enough for every corner of it, let us note (Mt 9:38) “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”
His large, compassionate heart and eye takes in the whole (Jh.3:16).
Much of the field is still in waste. (Mt 28:19) “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations…. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:” (v.20).
The Seed, or subject are the Children of the Kingdom (v.35). The seed with which He sows the field has cost Him much-redeemed with His own precious blood, (1Pet.1:18) “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”
Every seed is a living one, and as closely connected with the Sower as children are to a parent, (1Pet.2:9) “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:”
Each seed is sent forth into the soil of the world to grow and manifest His own hidden life and beauty (Lk. 24:47) And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”
To this end it must die. “Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone” (John 12: 24). (5.) We must die unto sin before we can live unto God (Ro 6:1) “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid,”
The Tares, are the Children of the Wicked (v.35). Where did the tares come from ? “An enemy hath done this” (v.28).
There is everlasting enmity between the tares and good seed,(Gen.3:15), tells us, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” The title “children” reveals their very close connection with the devil, (Eph 2:2) “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:”
While growing together in the field there may be a seeming likeness; but their origin and character are entirely different, (Jh 3:5 ) tells us this, “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
Regeneration is the only rectification for the tares.
The Enemy is Satan. (v. 39). It was while men slept he sowed the tares. People loves darkness rather than the light, because there deeds are evil.
It is when Christians cease to watch that Satan comes, and his awful work is silently and quickly done, (II.Co.11:13 ) tells us “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” The enemy only sows bad seed. Every seed sown by Jesus Christ is good.
The Harvest, or Separation, is the End of the Age. (v.39). “Let both grow together until the harvest” (v. 30). So the grace of the Master spares the tares for a time, but sparing grace is not saving grace. You must be born again, are you may hear these words from the Lord, “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Mt,7:23).
While abiding among the wheat their privileges are the same, but the nature of the tares unfits them for the heavenly garner, “Mt.13:30) declares, “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:”
The end will come as sure as the seed time. We all must stand before the Lord in due time.
The Reapers, are the Angels of God. (39). They said, “Wilt Thou that we gather them up.? “ These impartial servants will in no wise be hindered in their mission.
Their first work is to put away all scandals and them which do iniquity. (Mt. 13:40) As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.”