Matthew 7: Known by Fruit

Matthew 7:15-20 AMPC … Beware of false prophets, who come to you dressed as sheep, but inside they are devouring wolves. 16 You will fully recognize them by their fruits. Do people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every healthy (sound) tree bears good fruit [worthy of admiration], but the sickly (decaying, worthless) tree bears bad (worthless) fruit. 18 A good (healthy) tree cannot bear bad (worthless) fruit, nor can a bad (diseased) tree bear excellent fruit [worthy of admiration]. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire. 20 Therefore, you will fully know them by their fruits.

False prophets are dressed as sheep
=>They look like the Lamb –
Rv 13:11
=>but speak like the dragon –Rv 16:13

False prophets are known by bad fruit{doctrine}
=>do not obey the words of Christ –
Mt 7:24-27
=>do not abide in the doctrine of Christ –2Jn 1:9
=>do not tolerate sound doctrine –2Tim 4:3

False prophets deceive by signs & wonders –Rv 13:14
=>signs & wonders do not determine Truth –
Mt 7:21-23

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4 Responses to “Matthew 7: Known by Fruit”

  1. khollandsblog Says:

    From Commentary Mt 7:16:

    Matthew Henry’s

    7:15-20 Nothing so much prevents men from entering the strait gate, and becoming true followers of Christ, as the carnal, soothing, flattering doctrines of those who oppose the truth. They may be known by the drift and effects of their doctrines. Some part of their temper and conduct is contrary to the mind of Christ. Those opinions come not from God that lead to sin.

  2. khollandsblog Says:

    James 3:10-12 AMPC … Out of the same mouth come forth blessing and cursing. These things, my brethren, ought not to be so. 11 Does a fountain send forth [simultaneously] from the same opening fresh water and bitter? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine figs? Neither can a salt spring furnish fresh water.

  3. khollandsblog Says:

    Matthew 12:33-35 AMPC … Either make the tree sound (healthy and good), and its fruit sound (healthy and good), or make the tree rotten (diseased and bad), and its fruit rotten (diseased and bad); for the tree is known and recognized and judged by its fruit. 34 You offspring of vipers! How can you speak good things when you are evil (wicked)? For out of the fullness (the overflow, the superabundance) of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 The good man from his inner good treasure flings forth good things, and the evil man out of his inner evil storehouse flings forth evil things.

    John 12:48 AMPC … Anyone who rejects Me and persistently sets Me at naught, refusing to accept My teachings, has his judge [however]; for the [very] message that I have spoken will itself judge and convict him at the last day.

    Matthew 3:10 AMPC … And already the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

  4. khollandsblog Says:

    Judges 9:8-15 AMPC … One time the trees went forth to anoint a king over them, and they said to the olive tree, Reign over us.
    9 But the olive tree said to them, Should I leave my fatness, by which God and man are honored, and go to wave over the trees?
    10 Then the trees said to the fig tree, You come and reign over us.
    11 But the fig tree said to them, Should I leave my sweetness and my good fruit and go to wave over the trees?
    12 Then the trees said to the vine (grapevine), You come and reign over us.
    13 And the vine (grapevine) replied, Should I leave my new wine, which rejoices God and man, and go to wave over the trees?
    14 Then all the trees said to the bramble, You come and reign over us.
    15 And the bramble said to the trees, If in good faith you are anointing me king over you, then come and take refuge in my shade; but if not, let fire come out of the bramble and devour the cedars of Lebanon.

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