Good Tree, Bad Tree

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No Good Tree Bears Bad Fruit – Luke 6:43-45

Opening Thoughts: Can you imagine seeing totally dead tree and on it’s branches was the most amazing fruit? It’s impossible. What about if you were on a journey and were desperately hungry, in front of you a ways ahead you could see an orchard filled with big green fruit trees, you were so excited to sink your teeth into some nourishing, refreshing fruit, but as you approached them you realized there was no fruit on these trees. They were barren. What a disappointment.

Luke 6:43-45 “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

This passage is pretty well self explanatory! I don’t even think you need a Masters in theology or an in-depth study of the Greek to understand it, it means what it says.

Good Tree = Good Fruit
Bad Tree = Bad Fruit

The Man-Made Gospel tells us that if we pray a prayer, we’re saved! It is true that there is nothing you can do to earn salvation, and it’s also true that there is nothing you can add to your salvation, but it isn’t true that a prayer you prayed at an alter call means you’re saved.  Jesus says that you will know a SAVED person because of the fruit they produce in their life! Praying a prayer to accept Jesus is so much easier and cost’s way less then producing authentic fruit, no wonder it’s a best seller.

Tree is Known by it’s Fruit:
It’s interesting that Jesus used the words “A tree is known by it’s fruit” in other words you look at a tree loaded with apples and it’s safe to assume that it’s an apple tree. You then see a tree loaded with oranges and you quickly come to the conclusion that it’s an orange tree. The word of God tells us what the fruits of the Spirit are:
1. Love
2. Joy
3. Peace
4. Patience
5. Kindness
6. Goodness
7. Faithfulness
8. Gentleness
9. Self-control

Someone that does not possess the Holy Spirit cannot produce these genuine fruits, they may have fruit that looks genuine, but if pressed hard enough they will always reveal the true fruit in them.

2 Timothy 3:2-5
For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.”

Many people have the appearance of godliness but have no power over their sin. There is a power in the Spirit of godliness that overcomes all fleshy power and emotions, even though many people appear to be good and to have genuine fruit, if they are put to the test many are revealed as false converts and not possessing the Spirit of God.

Examine Your Fruit:
Test yourself today. Look at your fruit it will will reveal what kind of tree you are!
If you are a bad tree (unregenerate) then the fruit of your life will be bad fruit, if this is the case, you need to cry out to the Lord and trust Jesus alone to save you.
If you test yourself and find that your fruit is good having been tested by the fires of life then you (the tree) prove to be a true genuine regenerated person. May the Holy Spirit lead you to an authentic Christ Centered life.

Remember, don’t look to your good works and good fruit as a means to Salvation, look to your fruit as evidence of your salvation.

Preparing The Way
~Shane Martin