Jesus told a story to a great multitude about a Sower who scattered seeds on four different types of soil. The first type fell along the path, the second type fell on Rocky ground and the third type fell on thorny ground, these three failed to produce fruit. The fourth fell on good soil that allowed the seed to plant deep, grow strong, and produce fruit. The four different types of soil represent the receptivity of mans heart to God’s word.
The good soil can be defined by the heart of the first man Adam and a Thief who died next to Jesus. Their story is on the day man was lost and the day man was saved. Notice how they reveal their heart in unison…
(1) They Feared God
Adam … “I was afraid”
Thief … “Do you not even fear God”?
(2) They Felt Condemnation
Adam … “I was naked”
Thief … “Since you are under the same sentence of condemnation”?
(3) The Were Aware of Consequences
Adam … “I hid myself”
Thief … “and we indeed are suffering justly”.
(4) They Accepted Ownership
Adam … “I ate”
Thief … “for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds”.
(5) They Needed A Sacrifice
Adam … God “clothed them” with garments of skin”
Thief … “but this man has done nothing wrong”! (Lamb of God)
(6) They Desired To Be In God’s Kingdom
Adam … God “drove them out” of the Garden. (Adam was forced out)
Thief … “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom”!
All who are saved from the beginning of time respond the same!