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Thursday, December 8 2011

The Manner Of Fruit

In nature, the ultimate purpose of fruit is to produce the seed that will carry life beyond the death of the plant that produced the fruit. It's primarily for that reason that "producing fruit" is used as an analogy for the harvest of salvation.

"15:35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? 15:36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die [see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin and The Eighth Day: What Does It Mean?; also We Shall Not All Sleep]: 15:37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: 15:38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body." (1 Corinthians 15:35-38 KJV)

Fruit Just as in nature, the manner of fruit matters as much as the fruit itself. Plants can bear fruit in many ways, just as people can. But it's not just a matter of taste or appearance. It's easy to judge between sweet-tasting fruit and bitter fruit, but some plants produce sweet-tasting fruit that is poisonous, while others produce fruit that is bitter, but good (e.g. lemons). Good fruit can be bad if it's picked too early ("a green-apple belly ache") or too late ("a bad apple spoils the whole bushel"). Good plants can produce a bad crop of fruit if exposed to poor soil or drought - or a lazy or irresponsible gardener. Good fruit can be defiled by uncleanness, of itself, or because of other things that are swallowed, literally or religiously, along with it (e.g. as illustrated in the "Still Life With Ham, Lobster And Fruit" painting below). There are many manners (which means "performance or behavior") that must be considered in determining what fruit is truly good.

The Messiah defined good fruit according to a definition that meant far more than just if something is sweet or beautiful (Satan is sweet-sounding and beautiful in appearance, but his manner is absolutely evil; see Who's Hiding On Your Wall?). In the eyes of the LORD, good is defined by manner, not sound or appearance alone.

"7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate [see The Strait Gate]: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it [see The Path To Glory and The Yoke Of Freedom].

7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves [see Is Your Church A Cult? and Religious Parties]. 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.

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 [see Friends Of Jesus]. 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 [see Antichristians]: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (Matthew 7:12-23 KJV)

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit"

John the Baptist prepared the way for the coming of the Messiah by warning people to repent of their self-righteousness, including the "ham and good fruit" Pharisees.

Fruit With Ham And Lobster

"3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea [see What Was Strange About John The Baptist?], 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand [see Could Christ Return Tonight?]. 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying,

The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight [see Straight Street].

3:4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. 3:5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, 3:6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: 3:9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham [see Abraham The Christian and Don't Look Back]. 3:10 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.

3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire [see Moriah: Separating The Wheat From The Chaff]." (Matthew 3:1-13 KJV)

James described how good fruit is more than what appears good; just as with garden fruit, it's what's inside that decides good or bad.

"3:10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 3:11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? 3:12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. 3:14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

4:1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have [see Lethal Lust], and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 4:5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 4:9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up." (James 3:10-18,4:1-10 KJV)

Jesus Christ plainly stated where the source of good fruit is found - and maintained, so not to be lost or contaminated.

The Autumn Harvest

"15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love." (John 15:1-10 KJV)

The symbolic Tree of Life, that humans made bad for themselves by doing with it what they were told not to do with it (see Do You Want A Servant Or A Serpent?), will return in the Kingdom of God.

"2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God." (Revelation 2:7 KJV)

"22:1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. 22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 22:3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: 22:4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever." (Revelation 22:1-5 KJV)

Fact Finder: How do we produce good fruit?
See the series of ten studies beginning with The Way To Salvation: Step 1


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This Day In History, December 8

1587: Mary, Queen of Scots, was beheaded for her plotting to kill Queen Elizabeth I.

1854: Pope Pius IX proclaimed the anti-Biblical heresy of the "immaculate conception" of Mary (see also What Would Mary Really Say About Idolatry?).

1869: The Vatican I Council began in Rome (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1914: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the German cruisers Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, Nurnberg, and Liepzig were sunk by Britain's Royal Navy at the Battle of the Falkland Islands.

1915: The poem In Flanders Fields first appeared in print, in Punch magazine. It was written by Canadian medical officer Lt. Col. John McCrae at Ypres, Belgium.

1940: During the Second World War, a heavy overnight raid by German bombers on London caused the first serious damage to the House of Commons and the Tower of London.

1941: The first large Nazi death camp, Chelmno, started functioning. There were to be 6 such death camps: Chelmno and Auschwitz in the Polish territories incorporated into Germany, and Treblinka, Sobibor, Majdanek and Belzec in the Polish "General Government" area. Besides these 6 "death camps", there were to be 1,634 "concentration" camps and their satellites, and over 900 "labor" camps. Of the over 8,860,000 Jews in countries of Europe directly or indirectly under German control, over 5,930,000 were murdered during the war (see Hate Jews? and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1948: South Korea was recognized by the United Nations.

1965: The Vatican II Council officially closed after over 3 years.

1978: Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir died in Jerusalem at age 80.

1980: John Lennon was shot to death at age 40 while entering his apartment building in New York City by Mark Chapman, 25.

1991: Russia, Byelorussia and the Ukraine formed the Commonwealth of Independent States.






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