Patient endurance (Rev 3:10)

“Because you have kept

My word

Of patient endurance,

I will keep you

From the hour of trial

That is about to come

On the whole world

To test

The inhabitants

Of the earth.”

ὅτι ἐτήρησας τὸν λόγον τῆς ὑπομονῆς μου, κἀγώ σε τηρήσω ἐκ τῆς ὥρας τοῦ πειρασμοῦ τῆς μελλούσης ἔρχεσθαι ἐπὶ τῆς οἰκουμένης ὅλης, πειράσαι τοὺς κατοικοῦντας ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς.

John indicated that the Son of Man said, “Because you have kept (ὅτι ἐτήρησας) my word (τὸν λόγον) of patient endurance (τῆς ὑπομονῆς μου), I will keep you (κἀγώ σε τηρήσω) from the hour of trial (ἐκ τῆς ὥρας τοῦ πειρασμοῦ) that is about to come (τῆς μελλούσης ἔρχεσθαι) on the whole world (ἐπὶ τῆς οἰκουμένης ὅλης) to test (πειράσαι) the inhabitants (τοὺς κατοικοῦντας) of the earth (ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς).”  The Son of Man indicated that the people of Philadelphia were patient and enduring in their keeping of the word of Jesus Christ.  Thus, he was going to keep them from the trial that was coming to the rest of the world and its inhabitants.  The whole world usually meant the Roman Empire and the area around the Mediterranean Sea.  They would be exempt from any kind persecution, trial, or suffering.  Do you keep the word of Jesus Christ?

The good soil bears fruit (Lk 8:15-8:15)

“As for those seeds

On the good soil,

These are the ones

Who,

When they hear

The word,

They hold it fast

In an honest

And good heart.

They bear fruit

With a patient endurance.”

 

τὸ δὲ ἐν τῇ καλῇ γῇ, οὗτοί εἰσιν οἵτινες ἐν καρδίᾳ καλῇ καὶ ἀγαθῇ ἀκούσαντες τὸν λόγον κατέχουσιν καὶ καρποφοροῦσιν ἐν ὑπομονῇ.

 

Luke indicated that Jesus said that the seeds on the good soil (τὸ δὲ ἐν τῇ καλῇ γῇ) are the ones (οὗτοί εἰσιν οἵτινες) who heard the word (ἀκούσαντες τὸν λόγον) and held it or kept it fast (κατέχουσιν) with an honest and good heart (ἐν καρδίᾳ καλῇ καὶ ἀγαθῇ).  They would bear fruit with a patient endurance (καὶ καρποφοροῦσιν ἐν ὑπομονῇ).  This explanation of the sower parable about the good seeds can be found in all 3 synoptic gospels, Mark, chapter 4:20, Matthew, chapter 13:23, and here, with Matthew closer to Mark.  Mark and Matthew indicated that Jesus said that the seeds sown on good soil were the people who heard the word and accepted it.  They then bore good fruit.  They yielded either 30-fold, 60-fold, or a 100-fold.  Matthew, had the reverse order of Mark, 100, 60, and 30, while Luke, has no number on the fruitful harvest.  Only about 25% of the seeds sown were effective.  Thus, only about 25% of the people hearing the word of the kingdom from Jesus would follow it.  The seeds or the word that fell on the path, on the rocky ground, or the thorns were ineffective.  However, even among the effective seeds that were on good soil, the word would have different results.  Some would yield 30 times, some 60, and some 100.  There was no magic formula.  The circumstances among the good hearers would also bring about a variety of responses and effectiveness.  How effective are the seeds of the word of God in your life?