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Good Tree or Bad Tree?

I was reading in Matthew 12:33 today and this verse just jumped off the page of my Bible.  It reads in the NASB:

“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.”

Very clear words from our Lord Jesus about the nature of people.  He goes on in verse 35 to add this:

“The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil.”

Notice that Jesus states clearly that there are only two types of people.  This is true of all people.  You are either a tree bearing good fruit or a tree bearing bad fruit.  You are either a good tree or a bad tree.  He states in verse 35 that you are either good or evil.  This falls in line with the rest of Scripture that assures us that we are either saved or lost (Luke 19:10), can see (2 Corinthians 4:6) or are blind (2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 4:18), dead to sin (Romans 6:11) or dead in our sins (Ephesians 2:1).  We are either children of God (Galatians 3:26) or children of Satan (John 8:44).  We are either in the light or in the darkness (John 3:19-21; Ephesians 5:8).  We are either in the kingdom of God or the domain of darkness (Colossians 1:13).  There is no middle road, no middle ground, no part Christian, part child of Satan.  We are either walking after the flesh or the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-17) but we cannot do both (2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1).

You can rest on this promise: those living in continued sin will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Galatians 5:19-21; Revelation 21:7-8).  Those who seek God (Romans 2:7-8) and love and obey His gospel (2 Thessalonians 1:8) will indeed inherit an eternal kingdom that will never be shaken (Hebrews 12:25-29).  Jesus promised us in Revelation 2:11:

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.

 

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

07/10/2013 at 10:05 AM

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