Summary: This message ehorts Christians to bear fruit for Christ and shows the consequnces of a barren life.
Jesus knows our hearts. He knows that all of us at some time or another in our lives, believe that someone else is a bigger sinner than we are.
He looks at two incidents that happened to two separate groups of people. First the Galileans in verses 1-2, and then the folks that were killed by the tower in Siloam.
In both incidents, He knows that the people believer these people lost their lives because they were great sinners.
He tells NO! He goes further to tell them that unless they repent themselves they will likewise perish.
They are in just as much danger of dying tragically as the folks they were pointing fingers at because of unconfessed sin in their lives.
Jesus goes on to give an illustration using the fig tree to talk about the fruit of the Christian.
1. The Requirements of the Owner (v. 6)
A) Fruit bearing for the Christian is of an absolute necessity!
John 15:1-8 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. (2) 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. (3) Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. (4) 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. (5) 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. (6) If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. (7) If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. (8) Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
If you don’t bear fruit for the Lord, He will prune you from the vine. Jesus Christ expects you to do something as a Christian. He doesn’t want you to be a pew warmer.
B) Fruit bearing only comes by growth
2 Peter 1:3-8 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: (4) Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (5) And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; (6) And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; (7) And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. (8) For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In order to bear fruit for Christ, you must grow in your faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
The Christian can bear two types of fruit. There is the fruit of the Spirit:
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,