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OUTWARD APPEARANCES CAN DECEIVE YOU

May 1, 2017

Monday

 

Matthew 7:16-20

 

Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

 

 

LESSON

 

“Fruit” in the natural world, as well as metaphorically, represents what the plant or person produces. It is what other people see that leads them to conclude something about the nature and identity of what bears the fruit. “Fruits” are the best indicator of this nature. In false teachers, “fruits” represent their doctrines and deeds. Jesus said His disciples would be able to recognize false prophets “by their fruits”: their teachings and their actions. Sometimes the true character of a person remains hidden for some time. People regard their good works as an indication of righteous character. However, eventually the true nature of the person becomes apparent, and it becomes clear that one’s seemingly good fruits were destructive.

 

Prophets true to God’s Word produce righteous conduct, but false prophets who disregard God’s Word produce unrighteous conduct.Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.

 

Memory Verse: Proverbs 17:22
Mirrors should think longer before they reflect.

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