Thursday, February 6, 2014

Bearing fruit

Bearing fruit
A beautiful tree, thick green leaves, luscious looking fruit, thick branches, strong stump is the Ar 'ar tree. However in spite of its appearance of prosperity and beauty its fruit is hollow, filled with webs and a dry pit. It fails to bear good fruit. We who are newly created beings are  to bear good fruit for Him, for His kingdom. Our Lord will evaluate us from the fruit we bear.

Matthew 7:17- Even so every good tree bears good fruit but a bad tree bears bad fruit

7:18- A good tree cannot bear bad fruit nor can a bad tree bear good fruit

7:19 - Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire 

7:20 - Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

Luke 3:8 - Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance ...
3:9 - And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

How do we bear good fruit? By abiding in Him. John 15: 3-6
15:3 - You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you 
(Justified - Right standing with God)
15:4 - Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me
15:5- ...He who abides in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for without Me you can do nothing
15:6- If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered and they gather them and throw them into the fire and they are burned.

Many will appear luscious and fruitful by their own effort or in reliance of others (people or thing). However without abiding in Him, the fruit, if at all produced will be a hollow, empty one. And we all know the ending of the story for that tree.

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