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Fruit opf the poisnous tree that gives to us the
knowledge of God, whose food is the water of life!
saying, like all the other sayings of our Lord Jesus Christ, is the expression
of a new thought in nature and in the life of man. What a new nature! Christ is
teaching his disciples about the new humanity who live in him, and what a new
life he gives us through his words and works. Through his teaching of words, the
man from Nazareth is teaching us about the life of nature, that is, about nature
as such, for he is a true teacher, the teacher of nature, of that which is in
nature, and about that which is in man.
Christ is saying about the nature of fruit. In order to
understand his words, we must know something about the trees, fruit-bearing
trees in particular, and the nature of fruit.
The tree itself is a symbol of the nature of man,
because when the tree gives fruit it is not doing this for any other cause, but
for the same reason that man gives fruit. God does not create man for the
purpose of taking fruit from him, but to create man in the image of God, in the
likeness of God, and to send him to his children in order to give them fruits.
Because we are made in the image of God, and we are called "the image of
God", that means that we are like God. For, what do we know as nature? We know
the universe and the living things in it. And what does God tell us about
living things in the beginning? That He made them after His own image. When He
made man He gave him dominion over living things, over the entire creation, and
to create man He made him like Himself.
The tree is a symbol of the nature of man. Like the
trees, we are made to give fruit. But we are not made to give the fruit for the
purpose of being appreciated. Rather, we are given to give the fruit in order
that the fruits of our lives may cause a fruit to the tree which is made to
receive our fruits. Because of our being like God, when we give fruit,
according to God's will, it becomes a cause for fruit-giving in the tree. Man
has received his nature from God, that of fruit-giving. He does not give
fruit-giving because He likes it, but because He is like God, and because we are
made in His image, that is, we are created like God, that He may give His
children a fruit-giving nature. God does not create us for any other purpose
than this. When the seed is planted in the ground, all kinds of fruit may come
forth, but there is nothing which should make man to be happy, there is no
reason for a man to be glad that he has sown. It is because we are made in the
image of God. He will give the tree fruit from man. This is His purpose, His
way, and His cause.
Man is placed on earth for a specific purpose: to
give fruit. But the world around him has become so corrupt and evil that there
are very few people who do the will of God and are true fruits-giving. The
cause of fruit-giving is found in the man himself, and not in the world around
him. This is because he has been redeemed. He has been redeemed in order that
God may create a fruit-giving nature within him. Man was redeemed in order that
God may give fruit-giving to him, in order that the world may be restored and
made good, through him. This is the way that God intended for man to give
If man has not given fruit to the world, it is
because the world has not been restored and made good. That is why God says, “If
man shall not do the work of My Father, nor speak of the things which He has
commanded Him to do, then He will also destroy man, together with the works of
His hands.” We do not really believe that the world is going to be destroyed.
But if God does not raise up a fruit-giving man, who will be the one to raise
the dead, to restore what the world has lost? That will be the one, whose name
God says He would have, if He does not find one in man. That man is a sinner.
The purpose of God in man is the restoration of the world, which He has lost.
If the world loses, and you do not do the works of God in your life, you will
be lost too.
“A servant is not greater than his
Master, neither is he that does evil, any better than he that does good:
wherefore it is written, ‘Behold, I lay in Sion a chief cornerstone, elect,
beloved of the Lord: And having chosen of the chief men of the tribes of
Israel, and having known them, I have put in them a chief governor for the
work of the house of my God.’ ”
Now Samuel did not yet know that the
Lord was going to do this thing, that the Lord was actually going to give
Manasseh to the Lord. If God does not restore the world, and make it good, He
will say, “I laid in Zion a chief cornerstone, beloved of the Lord, but you
will not hold Him.”
The word is
“Him” and not “me.”
“Then said he unto me, The Lord
will do nothing but He reveal His secret to His servants the prophets.”
1 Samuel 2:7
Jesus was a prophet, and He was God’s
servant. He did all things through the Holy Spirit. When He went to Emmaus, the
Spirit was upon Him, and what He said to them, He said through the Spirit.
If He did not say to them, “The
Father, when He did this, manifested His Son,” they would not have believed
1 John 5:7-8
are not called to bear the cross and bear our sins, then we are not to be part
of God’s purpose to restore the world. We must be separated from them because
they are blind. God does not work with unbelievers. He does not work through
here to believe and to walk in the light.
“If any man love the world,
the love of the Father is not in him.”
1 John 2:15
because He first loved us.”
1 John 4:19
do you yourselves seek? For, as many as were appointed to eternal life believed
(that is, the prophets) but have not believed, to them, the Christ would have
no more come. But God, for His own name’s sake, sent the Saviour to be the
Propitiation through faith in His name, Who would be made to God a merciful and
obedient (servant) while He was living among men.”
But Christ has come!
And who will