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22. The Field is the World



Matthew 13:38 - "The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one."

This verse is often quoted to try to prove that the visible church is only made up of the elect.

However:
(1.) The people are the seed, not the field.
(2.) Note v. 41:

"The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity."

The people are gathered "out of his kingdom," i.e. out of the visible church.