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What Does This Parable Mean?

(Luke 8:5-15):

For this study, let us focus on finding only the first principle found in the parable of the Sower and make a clear application with it:

After Jesus told the parable to his disciples, in Vs 9, they asked, “What does this parable mean?”
Luke 8:10-12, “And He said, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that ‘Seeing they may not see,
And hearing they may not understand.’ “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.” (NKJV)

With this passage in mind let us pose this common question: How do you convince a lost soul that being baptized and living faithfully after baptism saves you (not just a confession of faith)? Examine carefully the following three points:
 
1. When one refuses to humble the heart before God, nothing you do will convince him/her of the truth – Mark 16:15-16, “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”; John 8:43, “Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word;” (Romans 10:16-21); John 8:32, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (Free from the bondage of sin & death – ms)

2. Baptism: Saves (1Peter 3:21, “There is also an antitype which now saves us — baptism(not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ”; Mark 16:16); Acts 2:38; Galatians 3:27, “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”

3. Faithful living after baptism: Matthew 10:22, “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved”; Acts 14:22, “strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God”; Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service”

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