|Matthew 13:24-30 |
24 The Parable of the Good Seed and the Tares of the Field
Another parable he put forth to them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.
26 And when the blade had sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then the tares appeared also.
27 So the servants of the householder came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? From where then have these tares come?'
28 He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' And the servants asked him, 'Then do you want us to go and gather them up?'
29 But he said, 'No; lest while you are gathering up the tares, you also root up the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest; and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers: First gather together all the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them; then gather the wheat into my barn.'" [John the Baptist said, "I indeed baptize you with water to repentance; but he who comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to carry. He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire; Whose winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor and gather his wheat into the barn; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.", Mat 3:11-12. This is the baptism of death to your selfish spirit, carnal mind, and evil imagination.]