Is the parable of the wheat and tares about separating the body/carnal from the spirit?

Someone said that the parable of the wheat and tares is about the dividing of the spirit from the flesh. The idea is that this parable shows God will separate the new spritual man from the old carnal man.

I thought I would take the time to review the parable in question. First we look at the text of the parable itself, Matthew 13:24-30

24Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.

25“But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away.

26“But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also.

27“The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’

28“And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this!’ The slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’

29“But he said, ‘No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them.

30‘Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.”‘”

Then we see Jesus describe the meaning the parable in Matthew 13:36-43

36Then He left the crowds and went into the house And His disciples came to Him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.”

37And He said, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man,

38and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one;

39and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels.

40“So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age.

41“The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness,

42and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

43Then THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the kingdom of their Father He who has ears, let him hear.

It is evident from verse 38 that the good seed describe righteous people (NOT the new spiritual man) and tares describe unrighteous people (NOT the old carnal nature). The unrighteous will be thrown into the furnace of fire, while the righteous will shine in the kingdom of God.

So no, this is NOT about separating out the body from the spirit – but the righteous people from the unrighteous people.

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2 Responses

  1. I assume that I am that “someone” but that is not what I said. :) I said it is the separation of the flesh and the spirit. Don’t assume that by “flesh” I mean “body”.

    • Hi Christine! I love your name by the way – one of my favorite people in the world is named Christine.

      Ok. I stand corrected. I went and corrected what I said that you said. :)

      But you are still wrong. :)

      I went and read your blog about how this parable is supposed to be about the separation of the old man (the flesh, carnal nature) from the new man (the spiritual nature). But that ignores what Christ HIMSELF said. He said the good seed these are the sons of the kingdom, while the tares are the sons of the evil one. The righteous are the sons of the kingdom and will shine. The unrighteous will be thrown into the furnace of fire.

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