[Audio 6m34s] Good Fruit, Bad Fruit, Lawlessness – Matthew 7:13-29

What is good fruit? Let’s look at the context of Matthew 7:17 and find out. The first thing we can deduce is good fruit is associated with the narrow gate (v13).

Mattithyahu (Matthew)‬ ‭7:13-29‬ ‭TS2009‬‬

13 “Enter in through the narrow gate! Because the gate is wide – and the way is broad – that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter in through it.
14 Because the gate is narrow and the way is hard pressed which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
15 But beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are savage wolves.
16 By their fruits you shall know them. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
17 So every good tree yields good fruit, but a rotten tree yields wicked fruit.

18 A good tree is unable to yield wicked fruit, and a rotten tree to yield good fruit.
19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 So then, by their fruits you shall know them
21 Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ shall enter into the reign of the heavens, but he who is doing the desire of My Father in the heavens.

The good fruit is also associated with ‘doing the desire’ of the Father. The TLV version says, ‘he who does the will of My Father’, and ISV translates it as, ‘keeps doing the will of my Father’.

22 Many shall say to Me in that day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and done many mighty works in Your Name?’
23 And then I shall declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness!’

Bad fruit is associated with lawlessness, which is the absence of the Law, or not keeping the Law. So, good fruit has something to do with the keeping of the Law, or doing the Father’s instructions, will, desire.

24 Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does them, shall be like a wise man who built his house on the rock,
25 and the rain came down, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

‘and does them’ – we can’t just hear Adonai’s instructions, we must also do his instructions. James chapter 2 comes to mind.

26 And everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does not do them, shall be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand,
27 and the rain came down, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat on that house, and it fell, and great was its fall.”

Bad fruit, lawlessness, not doing (living) the instructions of the Father has an end result of great destruction.

28 And it came to be, when יהושע had ended these words, that the people were astonished at His teaching,
29 for He was teaching them as one possessing authority, and not as the scribes.

Summery

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    • Good Fruit is doing the Father’s instructions, not just hearing them.

      • Faith (belief, hearing) without works (doing) is dead. James 2:17, 26. Matthew 7:24 (above)

      • It’s impossible to please the Father without faith. Hebrews 11:6

    • Bad Fruit is not doing the Father’s instructions, which is lawlessness.

The word Torah means ‘instruction’. The Torah is the Father’s Instructions about His desire, His will. Living out Torah in our lives is demonstrating the Good Fruit the Father is looking for, and not living out Torah in our lives is, by definition, lawlessness – or Bad Fruit.

Mattithyahu (Matthew)‬ ‭7:19-21 ‭TS2009
19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 So then, by their fruits you shall know them –
21 Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ shall enter into the reign of the heavens, but he who is doing the desire of My Father in the heavens.

Only the Good Fruit is acceptable to the Father. People who live out Torah (the Fathers instructions) in their lives for the Father to see produce the Good Fruit He is looking for.

Luqas (Luke) 13:6-9 TS2009
6 And He spoke this parable, “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7 “And he said to the gardener, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down, why does it even make the ground useless?’ 8 “And he answering, said to him, ‘Master, leave it this year too, until I dig around it and throw manure. 9 And if indeed it bears fruit, good. But if not so, you shall cut it down.’ ”

What do you think?