“A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.” – Matthew 7:18
Right…Jesus continues to drive this point home. We cannot bear fruit if we are a “bad tree”. Our roots must grow deep into the teachings and hope of Jesus. He is the core foundation of all of it. The foundation of all that leads us teaches us.
This statement complements the teaching given in the previous verse (Matthew 7:17). Jesus is making it abundantly clear that false teachers can always be known by their fruit: what comes out of their lives. He has said that healthy trees bear good fruit and diseased trees bear bad fruit. Now He adds that healthy trees cannot bear bad fruit and sick trees can’t bear good fruit. It just doesn’t happen.
Jesus wants His followers to pay attention not just to the words of self-proclaimed prophets or even of Israel’s religious leaders. He wants them to look at a religious leader’s life to see how they live and behave. This is the only way to judge whether a supposed prophet brings messages from God or not. This is part of correctly judging (John 7:24), and an important aspect of the Christian faith (1 John 4:1; Acts 17:11).
Today. I know that this is similar to yesterday’s devotion but I think it’s a very important point. 1. Where do we get our teaching from? Someone who is not bearing fruit? and 2. What kind of fruit are we bearing as we go through our days?