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Parables Of Jesus Christ: The Fig Tree
The Messiah's parable of the fig tree:
"13:6 He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard [see also Grafting]; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. 13:7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?
"If it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down"
The LORD gives people the necessary time to grow toward harvest, toward salvation. The "taking root" is genuine repentance, and then "3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance" (Matthew 3:8 KJV). John the Baptist (see John's Testimony; also How Long Was John's Ministry?) warned the self-righteous Pharisees (see also Was Paul Among Them?) that they were headed toward the fire if they did not repent and "bringeth not forth good fruit."
"3:5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan [see The Jordan River], 3:6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
Bearing fruit is not in itself good if the fruit isn't good. Bad fruit is no better than, or in many cases is worse than, no fruit at all because of the damage that the corrupt often do to those who are growing well (the reason that the man in the parable wanted to cut down the unproductive tree that was taking away sunlight and soil nutrients from the other trees). True Christianity isn't about merely claiming Christ's Name for the religion that one has invented for one's own convenience i.e. "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" (Matthew 7:21 KJV).
"7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves [see Wolves In Sheep's Clothing]. 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of Thorns, or figs of thistles? 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good 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.
Fact Finder: How is "good fruit" produced?