Matthew 12:30-37; Fruit

When I was a kid, I was scared to death of the unpardonable sin. It seems to me that the preaching was designed to make people scared. I don’t hear much of that kind of preaching anymore, and that’s a good thing. It’s Good News.

The call of Jesus is divisive. It bifurcates the population. You are either for him or against him No neutrality. Those who are with him will aid him in the gathering that he is doing, the harvest.

When it comes to fruit, the quality of the tree is defined by the quality of its fruit. Applied to people, this means that what comes out reflects what is inside. The Pharisees had the appearance of being most holy, but they attributed the work of God himself to Satan. Thus, they gave away what was inside. Unfortunately, I’ve seen the same thing a hundred times among church people.

Attributing God’s action to Satan is as bad as it can get. It will be the end of a person of it continues. If you are that evil, how could you possibly turn to God?

And words must match up with actions. If you speak “idle” words, that is, words that are unattached to actions, they are just words and they will be judged. Words and actions must go together.

2 thoughts on “Matthew 12:30-37; Fruit

  1. ““Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.

    Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM M E, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’”
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:15-17, 19-23‬ ‭NASB‬‬
    https://www.bible.com/100/mat.7.15-17,19-23.nasb
    I was just listening to a sermon along these lines yesterday. I appreciate your sharing this.

  2. Randy this is good. Some of us were raised with unhealthy fear which causes rebellion. Our world is now desperate for healthy fear. We are now seeing the devastation of doing what feels right! You have really deep thoughts!!

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