The kingdom of heaven is explained by the mysteries Lord Jesus spoke about in parables. Through revelation, His church can understand the mysteries. The revelation is always hidden somewhere in Scripture. This is what the royal children are to seek and to search for. “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.” (Proverbs 3:13 KJV)
As the Spirit of Truth who brings revelation knowledge of the things of God, the Holy Spirit will help them in their search. The Parable of the Net reveals an activity with which believers are to be occupied in the kingdom of heaven. Within the parable are the following associations: the net is the preaching of the gospel; the sea is the world; and, every kind refers to the souls of men–both Jews and Gentiles. Remember, in the 1st century the Jews believed the Messiah was sent to them only.
Fishing is not specifically mentioned in the parable. However, Lord Jesus did say His disciples were to become fishers of men. “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19 KJV)
Going about the Father’s business involves preaching about the kingdom of heaven so the end will come. As believers are faithful in carrying out the Great Commission, many disciples will be gathered into the kingdom of heaven’s net.
Unfortunately, there will be some among the royal children who are there for purposes other than being conformed into the image of Lord Jesus. The wicked will infiltrate and mingle with the just. There will be both good and bad fish caught by preaching the gospel. Because the enemy wants to sabotage a believer’s faith, Jesus warned them to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
Fortunately, believers don’t have to be distracted from their fishing trips in order to root out the wicked from among them. In the parable Jesus said “they” would gather the catch to shore. Not only will they gather the catch, but they will also deal with the infiltrators. Who are they? Jesus identified them as the angels of the Lord. “So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:49-50 KJV)
He taught this same principle in the parable of the wheat and the tares. However, when Jesus explained that parable, He also revealed why the wicked will be allowed to remain among the just. “He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: . . .” (Matthew 13:28-30a KJV)
Jesus came the first time to redeem the souls of men. He will return to destroy the Earth which Satan stole and establish a new heaven and a new Earth (Isaiah 65:17). While Jesus is absent from the Earth, the royal children are to go about their Father’s business until He comes back. Part of that responsibility involves preaching His Word so the souls of men can be gathered into the kingdom of heaven.
If the royal children are faithful, then, when He returns to set up His kingdom, they will enter His joy, receive His praise, and reign with Him for all eternity.
(Excerpt from The Royalty Principle: a Guide to Reigning in the Kingdom of Heaven)