In Matthew, He begins and ends with, “by their fruit ye shall know them.” Statements are repeated for emphasis.
- He asks whether grapes and figs are found among thistles and thorns. I think the answer is no. I guess that means if a person clearly has thorns (or is thorny) and thistles, there would be no fruit there.
- He takes it further and says even if there are no thorns and thistles, nobody wants bad fruit (at least that’s how I summarize those couple of verses).
We will be good fruit because Jesus is a good tree. He is the vine, we are the branches. And if we are bad fruit, then it is very likely that we are not attached to Jesus. We must bear good fruit. We must continually check that we are attached to The Vine. As we do so, Jesus will equip us with all we need to grow and flourish for His glory!