Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Fruit Test

“Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit...Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:17-20).

The above statements told by Jesus are very simple to comprehend on a physical level. However, He was presenting the “fruit test” as an analogy to convey spiritual truth. Just as a tree can be positively identified by the product that it yields, so is one’s true nature and character revealed by his attitude and conduct.

Overlook, for a moment, the intrinsic simplicity of this concept and consider the following truths of nature. A coconut tree cannot produce bananas, and vice versa. While they look similar in many respects during the non-fruit bearing season, as soon as they start producing fruit the difference is obvious. A Spirit-led person cannot bring forth evil fruit (that which is carnal or sinful). It is just as impossible as a coconut tree producing bananas. An individual who believes himself to be “good” or “holy” or “saved” yet produces attitudes and conduct contrary to the principles of God’s Word is, in reality, a hypocrite who deceives himself.

Just as nature teaches us that a coconut tree will always produce coconuts, a Spirit-led individual will always produce the “fruit of the Spirit” which is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance (Galatians 5:22-23). Contrariwise, if professing Christian does not produce the “fruit of the Spirit” he does not actually possess what he thinks or claims.

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