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by Wayne Blank
But Bearing "Much Fruit" Is Worthless If It Is Not Good Fruit
Today, hundreds of millions of people in the world identify themselves as Christian. On face value, that's wonderful. But, when one looks at how deeply divided that Christian-professing people are in their beliefs and behavior, and their sometimes very unChristian attitude toward one another, one might ask the question, "How many really are Christian?" - particularly in view the words of Jesus Christ Himself:
"Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy Name? And in Thy Name have cast out devils? And in Thy Name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity." (Matthew 7:21-23 KJV)
The analogy of good and bad fruit is often found in the teachings and warnings of the Scriptures.
By John The Baptist:
"And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire." (Matthew 3:10 KJV)
By Jesus Christ:
"Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire" (Matthew 7:17-19 RSV)
Fact Finder: What is the basis of how God instructs people to bear good fruit?