Role of a True Prophet = Good Tree

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.

What is the role of a true prophet(Good Tree)?

Jeremiah 23:21-22 AMPC
21 I did not send these [false] prophets, yet they ran; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied.
22 But if they had stood in My council, then they would have caused My people to hear My words, then they would have turned them [My people] from their evil way and from the evil of their doings.

  • True prophets cause people to hear true words that turn people away from evil and sin.
  • Grapes(good fruits) are produced by abiding in the true vine & the living word(Christ) –Jn 15
  • Grapes(true remnant) abiding in the vine & word(Christ) contain the blessing of new wine(Holy Spirit)Isa 65:8
  • Abiding in the true vine & living word(Christ) yield  understanding of the fear of the Lord and knowledge of God –Pro 2:1-5
  • Good figs are associated with acknowledging the Lord and repentanceJer 24:5-7
  • Good fruit is in keeping with(prove) repentance Mt 3:8
  • The fruit of Light is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth. –Eph 5:9
  • The fruit of righteousness is life –Pro 11:30,10:16
  • Good fruit in Matthew 7 is sound teaching/ doctrine –Mt 7:24
  • Sound teaching/ doctrine saves = brings eternal life. –1Tim 4:16
  • The eye is the lamp of the body, if it’s healthy(sound fulfilling it’s office) the whole body is full of light, but when it is diseased(unsound, bad, blind),  the body is full of darkness. –Lk 11:34
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