Summary: To know what the Bible calls "fruits" because we need to determine what fruits are to avoid false prophets.
Do you look at the fruits before judging the person?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To know what the Bible calls "fruits" because we need to determine what fruits are to avoid false prophets.
Matthew 7:16 (Amplified Bible)
7:16 You will fully recognize them by their fruits. Do people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?
Matthew 7:20 (Amplified Bible)
7:20 Therefore, you will fully know them by their fruits.
Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for You have given me a very useful instrument to know if I can share the gospel or avoid the person, that is through the fruits.
What are fruits?
A. Author: Matthew (also called Levi)
B. Date written: 60 A.D.
C. Purpose: To show that Jesus of Nazareth was the kingly Messiah of Jewish prophecy.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
D. To whom written: Jews
E. Main Theme: Jesus is God's promised anointed Messiah, the King of the Jews.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
F. Keywords: Fulfilled
G. Key verses:
Matthew 16:16-19 (The Message)
16:16 Simon Peter said, "You're the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God."
16:17 Jesus came back, "God bless you, Simon, son of Jonah! You didn't get that answer out of books or from teachers. My Father in heaven, God himself, let you in on this secret of who I really am.
16:18 And now I'm going to tell you who you are, really are. You are Peter, a rock. This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out.
16:19 "And that's not all. You will have complete and free access to God's kingdom, keys to open any and every door: no more barriers between heaven and earth, earth and heaven. A yes on earth is yes in heaven. A no on earth is no in heaven."
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Fruits are works, deeds of repentance or good works.
Matthew 3:8 (Amplified Bible)
3:8 Bring forth fruit that is consistent with repentance [let your lives prove your change of heart];
Luke 3:8 (Amplified Bible)
3:8 Bear fruits that are deserving and consistent with [your] repentance [that is, conduct worthy of a heart changed, a heart abhorring sin]. And do not begin to say to yourselves, We have Abraham as our father; for I tell you that God is able from these stones to raise up descendants for Abraham.
Matthew 3:10 (Amplified Bible)
3:10 And already the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Good fruit can only come from good seed - The WORD of GOD
Matthew 13:8 (Amplified Bible)
13:8 Other seeds fell on good soil, and yielded grain—some a hundred times as much as was sown, some sixty times as much, and some thirty.
Romans 1:13 (Amplified Bible)
1:13 I want you to know, brethren, that many times I have planned and intended to come to you, though thus far I have been hindered and prevented, in order that I might have some fruit (some result of my labors) among you, as I have among the rest of the Gentiles.