A tree and its fruit
Matthew 7:15-20 NASB
¹⁵Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
¹⁶You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? ¹⁷So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. ¹⁸A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.
¹⁹Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
²⁰So then, you will know them by their fruits.
An apple tree is an apple tree as long as apples grow on it.
When one day, to the surprise of the grower, his apple trees did not grow apples but plums, then the apple trees ceased to be apple trees and became plum trees.
Every tree has its own fruit.
Breeders try to experiment by crossing different varieties.
Sometimes they succeed, but I’ve never heard of crossing between oranges and bananas.
People are also like trees.
They also bear fruit.
Those are fruits that reflect something of their inner self.
Sometimes those are beautiful fruits, that make people happy.
Sometimes those are also ugly, dirty fruits that do a lot of harm.
Whoever belongs to the Lord Jesus has become a new creation.
You could say, the yew (poisonous berries) has become an apple tree.
Of course apples have to start growing on it, otherwise it will be of no use.
When the Spirit of God dwells in you, you bear fruit.
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