(37) He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. (38) The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, (39) and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. (40) Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the end of the age.
Here is my personal interpretation of this passage:
1. Jesus is the one who sows the sons of the kingdom
2. Devil is the one who sows the sons of the evil one
3. God let the sons of the kingdom and the sons of the evil one live together
4. At the end of the age, the sons of the kingdom are sent to heaven and the sons of the evil one are sent to hell.
Assuming that my interpretation above is correct, I am facing a "dead end" in an effort to connect it with the election before the beginning of the age.
If in the beginning there were already two different beings who sow and two different kinds of seed, how is this consistent with election?
for example like this illustration :
There is a box.
There are two people placing balls in a box, Mr. X and Mr. Y. From Monday to Saturday, Mr. X places white balls in the box while Mr. Y places black balls in the box. Mr. X lets the white and black balls sit together in the same box. On Sunday, Mr. X burns the 90 black balls and play with his 10 white balls.
I am confused on how to apply a kind of election event before the "filling the box with white balls" event take place, but I can apply it on Sunday ---> On Sunday, Mr. X choose the white balls from all the balls in the box.
Assuming my interpretation above is consistent with Calvinist theology, how do Calvinists reconcile it with unconditional election?
I found a new verse, John 8:44
You belong to your father, the devil
So Jesus is saying that the devil claimed them before they were created. Jesus informed them that they never came from God and they are certainly going to hell.
Based on my own understanding, the parable in Matthew means something like this :
1. In the beginning there are two beings, God and the Devil. Each of them has their own children. God's children are the sons of the kingdom, the Devil's children are the sons of evil.
After the creation, God "sows" His good seeds (the sons of the kingdom) into the world - and the Devil (God's enemy) also "sows" his weeds (the sons of the evil) into the world. God let the weeds grow together with His good seeds.
At the end, God separates his wheat from the Devil’s weeds. He keeps the wheat and burns the weeds.
I do not see how 1 could have occurred before creation without 2 and 3 also having been planned before creation.
Let’s go back to the ball illustration. Mr. X puts his white balls into the box for 6 days, but before he began putting balls into the box, he developed his plan:
- He determined that Mr. Y will put black balls into the box over the same six days.
- He will allow both kinds of ball to mix together.
- On Sunday, he will remove the white balls from the box.
Is this how the Calvinist thinks of election with regard to the parable in Matthew? Thank you.