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23那撒在好土里的,就是人听了道,又明白了,结出果实来,有一百倍的,有六十倍的,有三十倍的。”
23But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
23 Verse 23. Good ground] That which had depth of mould, was well

ploughed, and well weeded.



Is he that heareth] Who diligently attends the ministry of the

word.



And understandeth it] Lays the subject to heart, deeply

weighing its nature, design, and importance.



Which also beareth fruit] His fruitfulness being an almost

necessary consequence of his thus laying the Divine message to

heart. Let it be observed, that to hear, to understand, and to

bring forth fruit, are the three grand evidences of a genuine

believer. He who does not hear the word of wisdom cannot

understand what makes for his peace; and he who does not

understand what the Gospel requires him to be and to perform,

cannot bring forth fruit; and he who is not fruitful, very

fruitful, cannot be a disciple of Christ-see ; and he

who is not Christ's disciple cannot enter into the kingdom of God.



From the different portions of fruit produced by the good

ground, a hundred, sixty, and thirty, we may learn that all sound

believers are not equally fruitful; all hear, understand, and

bring forth fruit, but not in the same degrees-occasioned, partly,

by their situation and circumstances not allowing them such

extensive opportunities of receiving and doing good; and, partly,

by lack of mental capacity-for every mind is not equally

improvable.



Let it be farther observed that the unfruitfulness of the

different lands was not owing to bad seed or an unskilful

sower-the same sower sows the same seed in all, and with the same

gracious design-but it is unfruitful in many because they are

careless, inattentive, and worldly-minded.



But is not the ground naturally bad in every heart? Undoubtedly.

And can any but God make it good? None. But it is your business,

when you hear of the justice and mercy of God, to implore him to

work in you that which is pleasing in his sight. No man shall be

condemned because he did not change his own heart, but because he

did not cry to God to change it, who gave him his Holy Spirit for

this very purpose, and which he, by his worldly-mindedness and

impiety, quenched. Whoso hath ears to hear let him hear: and may

the Lord save the reader from an impenitent and unfruitful heart!