The Garden

The birds are singing, frogs are croaking and the sun is shining brightly. I believe this can only mean one thing, its garden planting time. It’s time to break out the garden tools and put some seeds and plants in the ground. I love this time of year and look forward to those fresh vegetables from our garden. In this week’s writing I want to consider the seeds of gardening in a spiritual manner. When we go to the feed store and purchase our seeds or plants for our gardens we buy them with the expectations they will produce the fruits or vegetables as stated on their container. We also do not go home and plant green bean seeds and think we will get a crop of okra. That would be a crazy notion right? People are passionate about their gardens and making sure they get the most out of them and that they yield what has been planted. There are those today who advocate it doesn’t matter what you believe (as long as you believe in Jesus). Does it really matter though? If it didn’t matter then why are there two thousand plus religious beliefs today? The answer is because it does matter! We as individuals want to be partakers of the “spiritual garden” Christ established on Pentecost (Acts 2). We want to see the fruits of the original seed the apostles planted. When the church was born, early Christians “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ teaching” (Acts 2:42). They were warned about falling away from “the faith” (2 Thess. 2:3, 1 Tim. 4:1) and told to stay away from things that were “contrary to the teaching” of the New Testament (Rom. 16:17). In other words Christ started the “spiritual garden” (The church) and gave the apostles the seed, (His words, the gospel), to plant (preach). Christ did this so the church which He purchased with His blood would stay pure and the seed planted would produce only Christians, nothing else. The apostles and early Christians, like Christ, wanted and demanded New Testament Christianity unadulterated by man. Today we can still have this unadulterated “garden” the church, if we simply read and apply what is taught in the New Testament. The same seed which was planted over two thousand years ago still produces the same church it did then and not some two thousand plus “churches” we see today. There is but one church, the one which Christ “planted”…Eph 4:4-6 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. I hope and pray everyone has a great, successful garden this year! If you have comments or questions please contact me at tmdok4@windstream.net. You may also review my articles at sublignaroadcoc.org. Until next week this is the Scriptural Truth. 

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