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Fruit Of The Fruit

Christ's true people are to live lives that bear good fruit, as Christ explained in His parable of a tree and its fruit:

"7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 7:21 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. 7:22 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? 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (Matthew 7:19-23 KJV)

But those called to understanding and repentance now (see What Happens When You Die?, When Will You Be Judged?, To Meet The Lord In The Air and Could Christ Return Tonight?) are expected to not only bear good fruit of themselves, but in the LORD's service, now, or beginning at the time of Christ's return when the Kingdom of God will be established on earth, to bear fruit of their fruit by helping others to become worthy of the harvest.

"Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire"

Christ's parable of the workers in the vineyard refers, in part, to how all of The Lord's true people, regardless of when they lived throughout human history, will be resurrected, or changed if alive that day, at the very same time - on the day of Christ's return. It also refers to how some, past or present, will have struggled to live a Christian life for many years, while others may receive their calling near the end, whether near the end of their lives whenever they have lived throughout human history, or in the time at the "end of the world" (see The End Of The World?) just before Christ's return (see the Fact Finder question below).


"20:1 For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. 20:2 And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny [see The Denarius] a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

20:3 And he went out about the third hour [see Hours Of The Day], and saw others standing idle in the marketplace [see also Christ In The Marketplace], 20:4 And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. 20:5 Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. 20:6 And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?

20:7 They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us.

He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.

20:8 So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.

20:9 And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. 20:10 But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. 20:11 And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, 20:12 Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.

20:13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? 20:14 Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. 20:15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?

20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen." (Matthew 20:1-16 KJV)

Fact Finder: What did Christ mean by "the last shall be first, and the first last"?
See The Parable of The Labourers

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