Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Matthew 7 "...wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."

 13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
   As we read here in St Matthew Chapter 7:13-14 Christ teaches very clear that the road that leadeth unto life (eternal life) is a strait, narrow road.  He also teaches that there will be few that find the road and the gate. 

 15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

   Christ teaches very clearly that there will be false prophets that look great on the outside (sheep's clothing) but rather they are misleading and very dangerous (ravening wolves.) 

 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
 21 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.

   As we study these words we realize that we can know if there are true prophets on the earth.  This passage of scripture teaches us how to tell peoples' intent by there actions.  We need to look at the "fruits" then we need to pray about them and see if they are good or bad.  The scriptures are true, "wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."

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