Are You Good?

  • Are you Good? Matthew 12:33-37
  • Jesus is describing here, immediately after going into a few doctrinal statements- is saying to his disciples- if you want to see if you’re where you need to be- check your fruit
  • And the fruit is easy to see- it comes from mouth, what you do, and pay attention bc at judgment day you’re going to answer for everything you said and did. 
  • YIKES! Did your stomach sink? Mine did! I want to get this right- I want to honor God- I want have fruit. I want to look at the fruit, examine it- and if it aint good- get it RIGHT
  • My neighbor- tons of grapes- “have all you want” yeah man- seeded grapes- Not great fruit. Still fruit- but not great fruit. I want great fruit. You should want great fruit. 

1.Good tree good fruit

  • 33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.
  • Jesus continually used agrarian examples for his disciples because they are immediately known to them, but quickly applicable to anyone for thousands of years- good tree good fruit. Bad tree bad fruit. 
  • Years ago- watching one of those go out into wilderness and try not to die shows- they found a tree with pretty fruit- everyone buy like 2 people didn’t eat it- everyone else lost and went home almost dying. 
  • Looked good- even tasted good- but it wasn’t a good tree and it wasn’t good fruit. toxic
  • Luke 6: 44 For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush.
  • Jesus wants his disciples to have good fruit from a good tree. A tree is going to be known by it fruit- what does it produce?
  • Jesus is the tree- he produces good fruit he wants the same from his dsiciples. 
  • Matthew 7:16 JESUS Said- You will know them by their fruits. 
  • Everyone in this room knows what Jesus means- it really doesn’t even require an explanation. Good fruit is sweet, flavorful, satisfying, nutritious, easy to pick and reproduce, and everyone loves it. No one wants bad tasting fruit from any tree- no one. You cant give it away. 
  • And he says “Make the tree good” you have to get at the root to make this happen. If you are a bad tree you are not going to make good fruit- it has to be a good tree and Jesus says “make the tree good. 
  • What does it mean to you?
  • How do we make a tree good? Starts with good ground prep. I like to research stuff. I research stuff that I never do anything with but when I’m bored on the internet that’s what I do. Building a boat etc. 
  • I researched how to get a good apple tree and site prep is paramount! Where you plant it, when, how, the soil, all of it- if you want to get good fruit. 
  • Whats the root of the Christian? Repentance. Now- people say that isn’t the root of Jesus but repentance is turning to Jesus- its being rooting and grounded in him. Be planted in him. Not yourself.  And if you haven’t repented to Jesus- it is impossible to bear good fruit. 
  • When Jesus said in Matthew 3:8 8 Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance,
  • He was describing it quite aptly- turn towards Jesus be grounded in him, you produce good fruit
  • Ezekiel 18:31 Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed,  and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel?
  • This is an eternal Gospel truth- turn from sin, get a new heart, have good fruit. 
  • Many people don’t have this because they haven’t been converted- they are trying to do it alone on their own strength. And like that sickly tree- look good, taste good, but toxic on inside
  • John 15:4-7 READ 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
  • Abide in Jesus- and you produce good fruit! 
  • Jeremiah 2:21 Yet I had planted you a noble vine, a seed of highest quality. How then have you turned before Me Into the degenerate plant of an alien vine?
  • You’re a good seed- don’t turn into a degenerate plant. 
  • Good soil. Good water. Lots of Sun. Get rid of weeds. 

2. Good heart good mouth

  • 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
  • Now Jesus gets in to the outputs of the fruit- what can we see (hear in this case) to indicate that someone is indeed connected to the tree of Jesus and producing good fruit? 
  • Jesus says- if you’re evil- everything out of their mouth is evil- you can’t speak good things- but if you want to see if someone’s heart is good- listen to what they say- what they talk about
  • Matthew 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.
  • You’ve seen it- negative, gossipy, cutting down, put down, nasty talk- all of that is an indication of the heart- I can hear it in peoples voices when they are acting Christian
  • James said can salt and fresh flow from the same spring? Bad mouthing people based on this scripture have a heart that is evil and need to get their heart right with God! 
  • The bible talks a lot about the heart and our need to ‘keep it’ and we should! 
  • Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.
  • This is why we need check our hearts, watch it, have it changed by the HS, its critical!
  • Change my heart o God! Pray it! Lord- don’t just change my actions but my DESIRES
  • What does it mean to you
  • How can we pragmatically apply this to our lives?
  • Practice righteousness- be a Christian- live like one- do what Jesus did. 
  • 1 John 3:10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.
  • Watch what you say- we should be watching our tongue/mouth/habits etc. be different
  • Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
  • Don’t plan evil in your heart- do you plan to hurt others? Do you have a deceitful bend?
  • Psalm 140:2-3 Who plan evil things in their hearts; They continually gather together for war. 3 They sharpen their tongues like a serpent; The poison of asps is under their lips. Selah
  • Speak grace- we all feel like failures- no one needs your help
  • Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.
  • Speak comfort and edification- Isn’t life hard enough without being torn down?
  • 1 Thes 5:11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.

3. Good man good treasure

  • 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.
  • So if you have a good heart, you’ll be a good man. And you’ll have good treasure. And good things- not exactly sure what that is- but I want it in my life. 
  • So Jesus says- good heart- good treasure- good things- good things will come out
  • Now what these things are, not exactly sure- but sounds better than evil treasure
  • Sounds like I want my heart right, have good treasure and good things. I want that
  • And what it LOOKS like isn’t as relevant as where it comes from- The heart. A GOOD heart
  • 1 Samuel 24:13 As the proverb of the ancients says, ‘Wickedness proceeds from the wicked.’ 
  • The OT people knew it- wickedness is bad- we shouldn’t want to be wicked- not at all
  • Now let me say this-  Romans 3:10 As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;
  • Our righteousness- our goodness- our ability to have a good heart is completely dependent on whose we are- you cannot be good on your own strength and cant bring good treasure either
  • Talking to this guy who is not a Christian “I’m a good guy” yeaa in the worldly sense- but in the biblical sense you’re an offense to God and under his wrath. You can never be good enough
  • What does it mean to you
  • Now I’m a list guy- I need to have something to hold on to- I need direction
  • I want to be be described like Acts 11:24 For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. 
  • So lets pull a few nuggets from the scripture and see what we can do to be a ‘good man’ 
  • Prov 3: 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, 4 And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.
  • That seems doable- be merciful and do what the bible teaches- be in his truth
  • Proverbs 13:22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.
  • Not just money- but have a name that goes past you- finances yes but more than that
  • Proverbs 20:6 Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man?
  • Be faithful- just keep showing up- doing what you need to do in the lord
  • Psalm 37:16 A little that a righteous man has Is better than the riches of many wicked.
  • Learn to live with less. Live a righteous life with less than being wicked to get riches. 
  • And what will you get?
  • Proverbs 12:2 A good man obtains favor from the Lord, But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn.

4. Good words Good job

  • 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
  • Now it gets deep. I can say- I call on the grace of God on this one because I know that sometimes I say things that when I am held to them I am going to be embarrassed. 
  • Now I can say- its not usually what I say to people- its what I say to myself or when I’m working on something in the garage that frustrates me. Its not pretty. 
  • And Jesus says, “that’s going to be played’ ouch! Spouse, friends, what you say about ME
  • But he also says- I will be justified by my words- so I want Good words! I don’t want condemnation! Maaaan Jesus- let me say GOOD words 
  • Ecc 12:14 For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.
  • Aaaah- Stop with the cutting this is in the OT too?
  • I watch many videos on youtube with criminal activity- Russian car crashes- shootings etc. 
  • There seems to always be a video of it- but many times it ends with “police are still looking for the guy’ 
  • It sends this message that even with HD video of someones face- its not enough to catch them
  • There will be no searching on Judgement day- it will be played and we we will be caught
  • Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before [a]God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 
  • Jude 14-15 READ
  • Romans 2:16 in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the [a]counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God. Acts 17:31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”
  • So what do we do?
  • Watch our mouths! Get our hearts changed! Flee from the judgment! 
  • Rest in the forgiveness of Jesus- Jesus forgives all sin- and so we want to be as close to him as 
  • 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
  • Confess our sins- live a life of repentance- hourly if you need
  • Don’t be prideful about it- 
  • Psalm 32:5 I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
  • God I need help with my mouth and my heart and I need you to change it- 
  • Proverbs 28:13 He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
  • You’ll prosper- Just confess your sins of your mouth and move on- don’t be like that
  • Are you good? Is your heart and mouth Good? Your treasure? Turn to Jesus NOW in faith 
  • Last story about fruit- Crystal with the basket- like 15 lbs. Free- but she had to go and take it
  • Take it today in Jesus name. 

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