Wollen and Linen - Following the path of Christ - Chapter 1 - The Parable of the Tares: Matthew 13

Woollen and Linen - J G Bellet

The Parable of the Tares: Matthew 13
They remind me of the servants in the parable of the tare-field. The disciples were right according to man, and so were those servants.
Is it not fitting to weed the wheat? Are not tares a hindrance, sharing the strength of the soil with the good seed, while they themselves are good for nothing? The common sense of man, the right moral judgment, would say all this, but the mind of Christ says the very contrary: “Let both grow together until the harvest”.
Christ judged only according to divine mysteries. That is what formed the mind in the Master, perfect as it was; and that is what must form the like mind in the saint. God had purposes respecting the field. A harvest was to come and angels were to be sent to reap it, and then a fire was to be kindled for the bundled and separated tares; but as yet, in the hour of Matthew 13, there were no angels at their harvest-work in the field, nor fire kindled for the weeds, but all was the patient grace of the Master.
The Lord will have the field uncleared for the present. The mysteries of God, the counselled thoughts and purposes of heaven, precious and glorious beyond all measure, demand this;
and nothing is right but the path that is taken in the light of the Lord, in the knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven.
Nor is the church to go to heaven through a purified or regulated or adorned world, any more than Christ would have gone to heaven through a judged world. This is to be well weighed; for what is Christendom about? Just practically gainsaying all this. Christendom affects to regulate the world, to keep the field clean, to make the path to heaven and glory lie through a well ordered and ornamented world.
It has put the sword into the hand of the followers of Christ. It will not wait for the harvest, nor will it go into “another village”. It avenges wrongs instead of suffering them. It orders the church on the principles of a well regulated nation and not on the pattern of an earth-rejected Jesus. It is full of the falsest thoughts, judging according to the moral sense of man and not in the light of the mysteries of God. It is wise in its own conceits.
I know full well there beat in the midst of it a thousand hearts true in their love to Christ; but they know not what manner of spirit they are of.
I know that zeal, if it be for Christ, though misdirected, is better than a chill at the heart or indifference as to His rights or His wrongs. But still, the only perfect path is that which is taken in the sight of the Lord in the understanding of the mysteries of God, and the call of God, and the directions of the energy of the Spirit, and not merely after the fashion or dictates of the morals and thoughts of men.
And the call of God now demands that the tare-field be left unpurged, that the indignity of the Samaritans be left unavenged, that the resources and strength of the flesh and of the world be refused rather than used, and that the church should reach the heavens, not through the judgment of the world by her hands,
but through the renunciation of it by her heart, and separation from it in company with a rejected Master.
“He that gathereth not with me scattereth”, Luke 11:23 ; that is, he that does not work according to Christ’s purpose is really making bad worse. It is not enough to work with the name of Christ: no saint would consent to work without that; but if he do not work according to the purpose of Christ he is scattering abroad.
Many a saint is now engaged in rectifying and adorning the world – getting Christendom as a swept and garnished house; but, this not being Christ’s purpose, it is aiding and furthering the advance of evil. Christ has not expelled the unclean spirit out of the world. He has no such present purpose.
The enemy may change his way, but he is as much “the god” and “prince of this world” as ever he was. The house is his still, as in the parable (Luke 11:24 -26). The unclean spirit had gone out, that was all; he had not been sent out by the stronger Man so that his title to it is clear; and he returns, and all that he finds there had only made it more an object with him. He finds it clean and ornamented; so that he returns with many a kindred spirit and thus makes its last state worse than its first.