In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have
been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much
more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found
to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not
seen you love. 1 Peter 1:6-8a (NKJ)
And as soon as He (Jesus) was alone, His followers, along with the twelve, began
asking Him about the parables. And He was saying to them, "To you has been given
the mystery of the kingdom of God; but those who are outside get everything in parables,
in order that while seeing, they may see and not perceive; and while hearing, they
may hear and not understand lest they return and be forgiven."
And He said to them, "Do you not understand this parable? And how will you understand
all the parables? The sower sows the word. And these are the ones who are beside
the road where the word is sown; and when they hear, immediately Satan comes and
takes away the word which has been sown in them.
"And in a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places,
who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy; and they have no
firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution
arises because of the word, immediately they fall away.
"And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones
who have heard the word, and the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of
riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes
unfruitful. And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they
hear the word and accept it, and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold."
Mark 4:10-20 (NAS)
"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is and who was and who is
to come, the Almighty." Revelation 1:8 (NAS)
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