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9) Following the Trail - more evidence comes to light!
This is how we use both the Panin's Bible & the Stegenga concordance
& read through the Bible each year.
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Matthew 7:20 (15-23)
"Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then you will know them by their fruits. Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Thy name, and in Thy name cast out demons, and Thy name perform many miracles? And them I will declare to them, I never knew you. DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS."
Now that we know what the fruit of the Spirit is, we can use this knowledge to make good judgments regarding truth and who has the truth. Notice that a false prophet is in reality a wolf in sheep's clothing. So at first glance, almost all of us will be fooled, but upon close examination, the truth will come out.
In Ephesians, the true body of Christ, or the church is compared to a married couple, so let's use marriage as an example. How many married couples say "You're not the person that I married.!!!!" They think that their marriage partner has changed, when in reality, the covering came off, and the real person was exposed. Another example of this is buying fruit in a store, one never knows how good it is until you take it home and eat it. Some fruit look so good on the outside, but when you peel back the skin and take a bite, you'll truly find out if it is good or bad. This is the same with the fruit of the Spirit, it must be seen with our eyes, handled and tasted. Here's a tip in buying oranges, buy the heavy ones that are firm. Being heavy indicates what's inside.
Let's ask ourselves some more questions about this last context:
1) At first glance, do both the sheep and wolf look the same?
2. What must we first know to tell the difference between a
sheep and a wolf?
3. Will there be evidence that we can see the difference?
4. By the way, do you remember the 9 parts, or segments to the Fruit of the Spirit?
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