When we moved into our home in December 1993 there were four trees in our garden, we could see by their size and nobbly woody branches that they were mature trees, but these outward signs didn’t give us an indication of what type of trees they were.
Even when the branches were full of beautiful blossom in the spring we still couldn’t know for sure what type of trees they were; it was only when the fruit came forth that we discovered we had three apple trees and a pear tree.
A year ago we discovered a young bush that we had not planted growing in our garden, presumably a bird must have dropped the seed.
In appearance, the leaves and twiggy branches on this young bush looked very much like the leaves and branches that were growing on another bush in our garden for the last 27 years, so we were convinced we knew what type it was.
However, when the fruit came forth, we discovered we were wrong, the fruit was not the same as on the other bush, we learned outward appearances can deceive.
Have you ever wondered why Jesus cursed a fig tree for not having figs when it was not the season for figs? It was a natural example of an essential spiritual truth.
Jesus lived a life on this earth that bore much fruit, fruit that remains, and He expects us to live as He lived.
Jesus gave a warning to those ‘in’ Him who bear no fruit, He said that the Father would cut them off like a discarded branch and they would be cast into the fire and burned.
Jesus also spoke of those ‘in’ Him that bear fruit, Jesus said the Father would prune them so they will produce more fruit, fruit that would remain.
“He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, and every branch that does bear fruit, He prunes to make it even more fruitful. John 15:2
If you, or someone you know, confesses to being a follower of Jesus Christ and yet there is no evidence of good fruit, then with great urgency that needs to be put right, if you take the time to read what Jesus said about fruit below you will find out why!
Matthew 7:17 -19)
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. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire.
Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
But other fell into good ground and brought forth fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
But when the blade was sprung up and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward forever. And presently, the fig tree withered away.
And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.
And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some a hundred.
And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.
For the earth bringeth forth the fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that, the full corn in the ear.
But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest has come.
And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat the fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.
And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard.
(Mark 14: 25)
Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.
For a good tree, bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
And other fell on good ground and sprang up, and bear fruit a hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?
And if it bears fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.
(Luke 20; 10)
And at the season he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty.
For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it dies, it bringeth forth much fruit.
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.
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. 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.
Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
(John 15: 16)
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it to you.