BY THEIR FRUITS YOU SHALL KNOW THEM NO. 2: TEACHINGS OF JESUS TO HIS DISCIPLES
Is. 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
Some people are filled with ashed because they don’t have the glory of God. God wants to give joy instead of mourning, and garments of praise instead of a heavy spirit. When this change happens, we become unmovable trees of righteousness and planting of the Lord.
PRAYING ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD
Ph. 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment.
In order to give love, we must be filled with love. We cannot give what we do not have.
The fragrance of Christ in our lives will depend on our spiritual maturity.
THE TREE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND THE LIFE THAT MAKES US GOOD TREES THAT BARE FRUIT
Ph. 1:10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.
The day of Christ is not the day the world will be judged, but the day believers will assist the court for their rewards, to give account before Him of what we did in the body, whether it be bad or good. This will be verified in the day of rapture.
Ph. 1:11. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
Christians are called to be filled with fruits of righteousness. Only through Christ, the Tree of righteousness and life, will we be able to give His fruits of righteousness and life in abundance.
It is through God the Holy Spirit in us that we can give His fruits: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control
BY THEIR FRUITS YE SHALL KNOW THEM
Matt. 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Each tree produces a different fruit, a mango tree cannot give apples. On the other hand, we can have trees with no fruits, with bad fruits, or good trees with good fruits.
A bad fruit ruins its own tree and those surrounding it. A good fruit will benefit the trees around it. But when we eat another person’s bad fruit, we breed of the same fruit, becoming even more harmful. Eating fruit from a good tree makes us breed blessings in our lives and those around us.
JESUS AND THE FRUITS OF THE GOOD AND BAD TREE
Matt. 12:33 Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.
Jesus emphasized that by the fruit we give, we will be known.
Matt. 12:34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
Another version says: “You family of snakes!” (NLV)
Matt. 12:34 Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated?
Our message must be good, so that whatever comes out of us edifies others.
Math 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man
Another version says, “These things make the man unclean inside.” (NLV)
Matt. 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.
The problem is in the heart.
Matt. 15:20 These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.
Christ continues to confirm the problem is not confessing the positive or the negative, but what lies in our heart. We need to have a good heart in order to confess good things. If what I have in my heart is negative, then my mouth will confess negative things.
Matt. 12:35-37 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
WHEN THE FRUIT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS BECOMES BAD
AMOS 6:12 Do horses run on rocks? Does one plow there with oxen? Yet you have turned justice into gall, And the fruit of righteousness into wormwood.
They were taking God’s judgment in the wrong way. The did not understand that first of all God disciples, then He admonishes, then he exhorted and lastly whips. Whipping with a flexible rod, not with a club. Turning the fruit of righteousness into wormwood is seeing God as a God of judgment and punishment.
WHEN THE FRUIT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS BECOMES A BAD FRUIT TO US
Pr. 18:20 A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; From the produce of his lips he shall be filled.
There are two truths: the fruit of the mouth and the produce of his lips. The fruit that comes from our mouth is different from the product we can do with it.
What lies in our hearts will come out as bad or good through the actioning of our tongue. Good things can come from our heart, and our tongue will convert it into good or bad.
If Christ is alive in us, life will come from our mouth.
GOING TO BATTLE & THE FRUITS OF GOOD AND BAD.
Dt. 20:1 When you go out to battle against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the Lord your God is with you, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.
Moses what giving the people the fruit of trust. He was taking away the fear his people might be feeling at that moment. He was encouraging them.
Dt. 20:2 So it shall be, when you are on the verge of battle, that the priest shall approach and speak to the people.
Dt. 20:3 And he shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel: Today you are on the verge of battle with your enemies. Do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them;
When our hear faints in difficult situations, we become afraid and discouraged .
Dt. 20:4 for the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.
The priest was giving the people good fruit. It is important to see what people do with the fruit that is given to them, how will they reproduce it.
Dt. 20:5 “Then the officers shall speak to the people, saying: ‘What man is there who has built a new house and has not dedicated it? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man dedicate it.
Dt. 20:6 Also what man is there who has planted a vineyard and has not eaten of it? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man eat of it.
They were putting a strainer, so they would not be weak in the battle.
Dt. 20:7 And what man is there who is betrothed to a woman and has not married her? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man marry her.
They kept bringing up situations that served for the cowards to repent, or keep those who would discourage others from going to battle.
Dt. 20:8 “The officers shall speak further to the people, and say, ‘What man is there who is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go and return to his house, lest the heart of his brethren faint like his heart.’
Dt. 20:9 And so it shall be, when the officers have finished speaking to the people, that they shall make captains of the armies to lead the people.
This happened after the strainer was used. We must be people who desire to cary good fruit, fruits we can share with others.