“And the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels” (Matthew 13:39).
Previously (v.25), Jesus stated that the enemy of the one who sowed good seed was responsible for the tares. Now, he identifies the enemy as the devil. While enlightened modernists would prefer us think otherwise, there is a dramatic dualism played out in scripture—good and evil, light and dark, God and Satan. Evil cannot be reduced to a condition. Jesus teaches that evil has a personality that acts with intentionality. In both life and mission, we are better off acknowledging the reality of a Christ-conquered devil than we are ignoring a rationally denied devil. The former keeps him in check, while the latter naively opens the door and lets him in.