(16) You will know their fruits by them. –The question: What are they? It is not clear. The ethical aspect of religion is what people value most. They see the application of the doctrines in their lives, characters, and actions. Some people live with a constant fear of heresy and focus more on doctrines than the fruits. This is how we can discern between the true teachers and false ones. They believe that good works may just be the sheep’s clothes hiding the heretic Wolf. It is very likely that the analogy between Scriptural language and most theologians which refers to good works and faith as fruits, supports the latter view. Matthew 3-8’s “fruits of repentance”, is even more crucial. Verse 16. – Parallel passage: Luke 6:44. Ver. 20; Matthew 12:33. You will be able to identify them through their fruit. They are not as believable because of what they claim to be. This may sound difficult, but it is possible to identify them by looking at their lives. It is important to emphasize “by their fruits”. They will be revealed to you. Ye shall come to know them to the full (ἐπιγνώσεσθε). (For the stronger strength of the compound see Ellicott, 1 Corinthians 13.12. Fruits. All separately considered (cf. Vers. Ver. 19. As a whole (cf. Matthew 3;8, note However, it is possible for ver. 20 There are plural points that lead to fruit growing on different trees. What do you think? It is the visible outgrowth that reveals what it means to be within. The “professing to combine fellowship and God with choosing darkness as their life sphere” (Bishop Westcott on the suggested parallel 1 John 1:16) is a sign that they lack fellowship with God 🔥 Watch out, Christ did not ask, “Do grapes come from thorns,” etc. (cf. James 3:22, but “Do men meet?” I 😎e. He wants to demonstrate how men usually deal with outside productions. My followers should use the same common sense that men have in everyday matters in spiritual matters. The common thistle, Centaurea calcitrapa in Palestine is believed to be the one that provides the fuel for the people of the plains. Parallel Commentaries
The statement “you will know them by their fruit” (Matthew 7:16) is part of Jesus’ teaching about recognizing true followers and avoiding false prophets. Beginning with verse 15, we’re have reading this context: “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. They will be evident in their fruit. You won’t find grapes in thorny bushes, nor are figs made from thistles. Every tree that bears fruit is good, while the ones with bad reputations bear bad fruit. The good and the bad can produce different fruit. All trees are different. Tree that does not bear good fruit’s having is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:15–20). Reviewed by Rachel Gray, Huaian (China) on May 29, 2021
“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit. If you have a bunch of vipers how are you going to be able to speak for the good when all around is evil? Because the heart is what speaks through the mouth. A good man will bring out his positive treasure, and an evil person will bring out his bad treasure. You can be sure that everyone who speaks carelessly will have to account for their actions in the final day. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned,” (Matthew 12:33-37).
Little children, let no one deceive you. One who is righteous in his practice of righteousness will be righteous. Sinning has been practiced since the beginning. To destroy the evil works of devils, the Son of God was born. A person born from God cannot sin because God’s seed is in him. This makes it clear who the children are of God and who the children are of the devil. Whoever does not practice righteousness is not from God. And who doesn’t love his brother is also not of God. (We thank Zephaniah Prattard of Sanliurfa in Turkey for this insight.