|Matthew 12:33 |
33 Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt; for the tree is known by its fruit.2 [From the Word of the Lord within: "A tree that is holy is a good one."]
2 Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt; for the tree is known by its fruit. From the Word of the Lord within: "A tree that is holy is a good one." Bring forth fruits proper for repentance. Matt 3:8. By your producing of much fruit, my Father is honored and glorified, and you show that you are truly my disciples [true followers]. John 15:8. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Mat 7:19. We are all trees with corrupt fruit to start; but we must be changed to produce good fruit. Christendom would have you simply label the bad tree good, still producing corrupt fruit; but such trees will be cut down and sent to the fire, regardless of the label on them. Look at what Jesus says in the next verses. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. Notice, he does not make allowances for those who call him Lord, Lord. For we must be righteous, even as he is righteous. 1 John 3:7. We must be perfect as our Father who is in heaven is perfect. Mat 5:48. We must be merciful as he is merciful. Luke 6:36. We must become pure as he is pure. 1 John 3:2-3. We must be as he is. 1 John 4:17. There is no flexibility and no equivocation in any of these stated requirements.
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace (quietness and confident trust forever), patience (including longsuffering, steadfastness, and perseverance), kindness (including morality and integrity), goodness, faith, Gentleness (including meekness and humility), and self-control (mastery of sensual appetites, passions, and desires).
To receive the fruit of the Spirit, by the power of God you must first rid yourself of the sinful nature, which includes: sexual immorality (including adultery and fornication), impurity, lust, idolatry (including covetousness), sorcery, hatred, arguments, jealousy, anger, ambition, divisiveness, factions, envy, drunkenness, revelry (partying), and the like. Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh [sinful nature] with its passions and desires [lusts and affections]. Gal 5:19-24.
Every tree that does not bring forth good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Mat 7:19