Fruit, Thorns and Thistles

Hebrews 6.7

Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned. Hebrews 6:7-8

What a great lesson here…it describes two fields:

  1. Land that drinks the rain that often falls on it…drinks the heavenly gifts as described in verses 4 and 5. The land represents people…so people who have seen and heard the light, partakers of the Holy Spirit, tasted the Word of God, tasted the powers of the age to come and brings forth vegetation (fruit)…fruit that is of use and nourishes those for whom the ground was tilled and the seed planted. This person will receive the blessings of God.
  2. Land that does not produce fruit but instead thorns and thistles. Thorns and thistles do not produce anything but more thorns and thistles. They are dangerous to all who come in contact with them. They are worthless and close to being cursed. Their refusal to drink the heavenly gifts prevent them from producing life in the field. Thorns and thistles will be burned.

A field or land is proven out by the fruit it bears and so it with believers.
We are privileged to possess the heavenly gifts of Jesus as our Lord and Savior, The Holy Bible and the Holy Spirit. The Land Owner has expectation that the recipients of the His gifts will produce fruit as a display of His glory. This Kingdom principle is taught throughout the New Testament.

15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.  Matthew 7:15-20

18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Matthew 13:18:23

10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.
16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple. 1 Corinthians 3:10-17

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-25

John 15.16

Thank You, Father for choosing me! You could have made another choice. Help me by Your Spirit and Your Word to bear lasting fruit that brings You glory! In Jesus Name, I pray! Amen!

To Know Jesus as Lord and Savior

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