On the third day of god’s creation he brought forth on the earth plant life. In Genesis 1:11 it’s written the the earth brought “forth grass, the herb…and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself…”. In many places in the scripture we, as people, are referred to as trees, and as trees we bring forth fruit. Christian or not, we all bring forth fruit manifested by our life. What we do and what we say make up that fruit. And, we are known by our fruit. Look at these scriptures that show that we are called trees and that our fruit has recompense:
Ps. 1:3, And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bring forth fruit in his season.
Prov. 8:19, My fruit is better than choice gold, yea than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
Prov. 12:14, A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and recompense of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him.
Isa. 3:10, Say ye o the righteous, that is shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
Jer. 17:10, I the Lord search the heart, I try the reigns, even to every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
In addition to trees, our heart is called ground that also brings forth fruit. In our old nature we were out to get things for ourselves. Now, as Christians, we want our lives to bear fruit for our Saviour. “…they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. (Gal. 5:24). For when ye were servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye in those things wherof ye are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become the servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. (Rom. 6:22,23). Those of us that have received a new heart and a new spirit have been born with the seed of God’s righteousness and will produce fruit from that seed after its own kind. Psalms 1:3 just quoted above shows we will bring forth fruit in due season. The scriptures in Proverbs and Isaiah, above, show that God provides for us because of our fruit. The Jeremiah reference shows that we are judged of God according to our fruit. Which brings us to one of the great truths of God, that is , Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (Gal. 6:7). We cannot blame God for what we harvest from planting bad seed. We do the planting and we receive the harvest. But, we can praise God for planting good seed and receiving a just harvest.
MEN AS TREES
When Jesus healed the man of blindness in Mark 8:23, he asked the man what he saw and the man answered, I see men as trees, walking. And so we are. Look at Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:17,18, Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth for evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. And in Matthew 12:33, Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for a tree is known by his fruit. There is this to understand, the good fruit we bear is not for us but unto God. This is not something we do for ourselves, contrary to the “prosperity” preaching we hear today. If we are serving God for his blessings, the we are not serving God.
What fruit are we to bear? There are things to add to our life for God and things to purge out. First look at some of the things we have to get rid of to continue our growth in God. We are to cast “down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself aginst the knowledge of God…” (2 Cor. 10:5). Also, we are to not give “heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men…” (Titus 1:14). We are to purge out the seven ungodly spirits of pride, deceitfulness, selfcenteredness, running to and fro, complaining, wanting excess possessions and fear. Just as the children of Israel were to purge out the seven ungodly nations to posses the promise land. Some of the things to add to our lives are the “fruit of the Spirit” shown in Galatians 5:22,23. We are to partake of the “divine nature” of God as shown in 2 Peter 1:4-9. We are to put on the “whole armour of God” In Ephesians 6:11-18. We are to know the “doctrine of Christ” given in Hebrews 6:1,2 ( 2 John tells us that if we don’t know this doctrine, we don’t have God). There are the “seven spirits of God” outlined in Isaiah 11:2 and Revelation 3:1 and 5:6. This shows a few of the fruits we can bear for our Saviour.
Look at our ability to have good fruit. In the “Parable of the Sower” in Matthew 13:3-9 and 18-23. we find this: the seed sown is the word of the kingdom and the ground is our heart. The harvest, or fruit, is to bring “forth some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold and some thirty.” These degrees of harvest are not to be taken lightly as is so often preached today, such as “give to this ministry and you’ll get back a hundredfold”. This harvest is not for us, it is for God. The harvest is righteousness that will influence the souls of men. One other point, the more fruit we want to bring forth the more we have to give.
BLESSINGS FOR OTHERS MEANS SACRIFICE
We can have a thirtyfold harvest for God by just letting ourselves walk in the good will of God. The more we see what we’ve been delivered from and the love of God for us, we should want to do more for him and bring forth sixtyfold fruit. But we have received power to become the sons of God (Jn. 1:12). Not just “children” (thirtyfold), or “young men” (sixtyfold), but “fathers” as the apostle tells us in the book of 1 John. We can bring forth an hundredfold. We can be not just the “blade”, not just the “ear”, but the “full corn in the ear”. We can know not just the “good” will, not just the “acceptable” will, but the “perfect will of God” (Rom. 12:1). But to be in this relationship with our Creator requires more from us, more sacrifice. Look at Mark 10:29,30: And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father or mother, or wife or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, but he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children and lands, with persecution; and in the world to come eternal life.
MANIFESTED SONS OF GOD
Walking in an hundredfold fruit bearing life is walking as a son of God. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become sons of God… ” (Jn 1:12). The whole world is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God in these last days. (Rom. 8:19). Those sons who are giving all that they have to walk as Jesus walked; to walk as Peter and Paul walked in the book of Acts. For those who are called to be these sons, they will bear the fruit and persecutions of their calling. There can be no higher calling and no greater sacrifice for our day. But not without help, as proved to us by our example and forerunner, Christ Jesus. Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things he suffered. (Heb. 5:8). For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but in all points tempted as we are , yet without sin. (Heb. 4:14). And in Matthew 28:20, “…lo, I am with you alway, even to the end of the world.”
I see men as trees, walking and bearing fruit, some to honor and some to dishonor. Some will love God enough to become his manifested sons. They will strive for the mastery and press on to the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.