SHINE AS BRIGHTLY AS THE SUN”
“At that time the righteous ones will shine as brightly as the sun
in the kingdom of their Father.”—MATT. 13:43.
1. Jesus used illustrations to explain what different
aspects of the Kingdom?
JESUS CHRIST used many illustrations, or
parables, to explain different aspects of
the Kingdom.He “spoke to the crowds by illustrations.
Indeed, without an illustration
he would not speak to them.” (Matt. 13:34)
In illustrations about sowing the seed of
Kingdom truth, Jesus emphasized the role
of a person’s heart condition in accepting
the message, as well as the role that Jehovah
plays in causing spiritual growth. (Mark 4:
3-9, 26-29) Jesus also illustrated the outstanding
growth of Kingdom interests here
on earth even if that growth is not always at
first discernible. (Matt. 13:31-33) Additionally,
he highlighted that not all who respond
to the Kingdom message are necessarily
suitable subjects of that Kingdom.
2. In Jesus’ illustration of the wheat and the weeds,
what does the fine seed represent?
2 However, one of Jesus’ illustrations focuses
on the gathering of those who will
rule with Jesus in his Kingdom. This is often
called the parable of the wheat and the
weeds and is recorded in Matthew chapter
13.Whereas in another illustration, Jesus
tells us that the seed that is sown is “the
word of the kingdom,” in this illustration,
he tells us that the fine seed represents
something different—“the sons of the king-
dom.” (Matt. 13:19, 38) These are not subjects
of the Kingdom but, rather, “sons,” or
heirs, of the Kingdom.—Rom. 8:14-17; read
Galatians 4:6, 7.