Faith of Jesus Daily Devotional - Day 29
Previous Context: devotion:Matthew:7:13-14 The Narrow and Wide Gates
What is God doing?
"A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit".
We have said all along that God is out to do one thing and that man is doing many things in the light of that all of which are corrupted in some sense. Just recently in this sermon we were told of a vast darkness that we are quite familiar with and fond of, we hide in it so that are works and the intents of those works would not be examined. For man this corruption is in and proceeds out of everyone, there is no one that is not given to it/mastered by it though we refuse to see it that way.
So how then can some fruit be evil and some fruit be good? Two trees that can only bare one fruit or the other? Obviously man's tree cannot produce good fruit, the tree itself from the very roots are corrupt and corrupting. That is Jesus' exact point, only those who have been cut from the trunk and grafted into Christ's good stock can ever hope to produce good fruit. There it is feed by all the good that the roots and trunk and leaves supply it. There is no middle ground.
"Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire".
Note that those that have not yet been removed and grafted in this way to the true spiritual stock comprise what earlier was described as a wide road leading to a wide gate. Jesus said that that path would not lead into the kingdom of heaven; it leads to a place God will no longer provide for not even HIS many general graces.
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven".
The will of God is clear and it goes right along with everything that HE has been doing to fulfill HIS initial promise to get us out of this mess through a single savior. The serpent will bite at that savior's heel, the savior will crush the serpent's rule. Those that have been severed from the worlds poisoned tangled vine and grafted into Christ's true and living vine will produce a much different fruit abundantly. Those that are not so or pretend to be so bare only the fruit that man without God's good sap can produce.
"Then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity".
What is man doing?
The tree is growing false profits amongst other things. These are people that claim to know something other than did Christ Jesus that are embolden to profess a message other would be delivered by Christ that either rejects Christ out right or adds/subtracts from Him or puts their own words in His mouth. In one sense this is everybody still yet sustained by the worldly tree; they simply gather teachers unto themselves that tickle and flatter their ears. In another sense these are particularly convincing well spoken people that the world is using to aptly influence us not to leave from the tree where we are from.
"False prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves".
They look and behave much like the saints when they need to, when they are amongst the fold so as to not panic the flock or stir the sheep dogs. They are wild with worldly ideas and self confident notions. Their hunger and drive is much greater than the sheep's, but it is for a different righteousness than God's. Nor are they poor of spirit, contrite, meek, pure, peacemaking.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
What does this passage tell us about the about the commands and faith of Jesus that saints are to keep/guard?
"Beware of false prophets".
It may be our thought that the false prophet is the rare exception. A prophet however is only a messenger and there are a great many in this age that carry the false message. Entire churches can be filled with the false message, every person a false prophet of that perhaps except for one. That one person is to beware. That one person may need to hold fast. Jesus was once one amongst even the twelve that followed Him the closest. It did not alter His obedience to the God of the heavens and earth in the slightest.
"He that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven"
Why should we expect that God's will is all over the board? Why should we expect that God's is one thing for you, another thing for me, something completely different for yet someone else. Really? Is this a God that we are talking about or is it simply self justification? No , it is God's will because it is the last thing any of us would want to do on our own, it is far beyond anything that we could do by our own resource, it is contradictory to the impulse within us that has been proven several times over to be nothing more than lust. It is God's will precisely because it is not our own will; and there is something most profound in that.
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