“The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one.(Mt.13:38-NIV)”
A great many parables taught by our Lord Savior have to do with the natural world. The sea has significance so has land on which the Parable of the Tares stands as preeminent example. In many of these parables the Father is the husbandman.
“The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein(Ps.24:1)”.In another parable He is the householder who sends his son (Mt.21:33-43). As sovereign Lord God’s Salvation Plan and judgement upon those who fail Him form the crux of parables.
Power and Wisdom of God is revealed in the creation. The earth benefits from such glory He freely gave. The earth as a field teaches a few spiritual truths and thrust of the parables draw muscle from them. Glory of the earth and of the Son are drawn from the same source, Godhead. It is what we read in the first separation mentioned in the Bible. On the first day He divided the light from darkness. We know that this glory or light has nothing to do with the Sun but expression of divine Will. It is how the Spirit introduces two groups of people that would emerge later namely children of light and children of wrath. When Jesus of Nazareth announced that the Kingdom of God is among them he meant the word of the prophets and working of the spirit of Christ among them. (Lk.17:21).Those who received and produced good results revealed the glory of God achieving His purpose. Jesus sowed indeed the word and yet the field produced tares. From whence did the weeds come? The evil one is the cause, The Lord’s Prayer enjoins us to be preserved from the evil one.
Glory of the word has been sent to the earth and it is a gradual process.How does one find objective lessons from nature but with keen observation? For example consider this verse, “As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth (Ps.103:15)”. As with natural man so is a spiritual man among his own kind, both good and bad learning to separate good from bad and eschew evil. Glory of God has left pointers to him to know.
“For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear(Mk.4:28)”.
This analogy is specifically applied to the nature of kingdom of God. So the symbols used here must be set in context of heavenly realities. What is this seed? It is from God. “But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body (1 Co.15:38)”. “When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else(vs.37).
Christian Living means the word sown in our hearts becomes spiritual bodies equipped for heavenly places. The indwelling Spirit works quietly clarifying our inclinations and distraction into something coherent, The light is more like a laser beam. It takes a while for the word to have its perfect working.The analogy of leaven (Mt.13:33)is used not in traditional sense. in three measures of meal (body, spirit and soul) the word is hidden and it transforms the whole. It is how Christian Living equips and prepares each of us for heavenly places. The Spirit of truth works unseen as comforter as well as counselor instructing us in righteousness.
Law of Gradation explains progressive revelation of the Spirit in each and simultaneously creating an order for the Body of Christ that is to be revealed in eternity. St Paul’s analogy of a body being many and multiplicity of functions having the same quality (that is provided by Jesus Christ as the Head) is pertinent here. Gradation in orderly stages cover the entire spectrum of Christian Living. It is what is signified by spiritual bodies. Compare this with what Apostle James says in Jas.1:17. With God there is no shifting shadows but reality.