To begin, I must say thank you some of my students who expressed a desire to meet today, in spite of the fact that our services were canceled. This desire indicates to me that they are hungry for the Christian experience. Meeting together for fellowship, studying the Word, and developing their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, is a fantastic passion for young believers. So again I say, Thank You!!!
Our text today comes from Matthew 12:33-37
A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit
33 “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. 34 You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. 36 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, 37 for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
If the treasure of a man is the existence of the Holy Spirit, then the only distinction between a “good” person, and an “evil” person is whether or not an individual has begun a relationship with Jesus Christ. We must understand that our condition of good or evil is nothing that we, as mere humans, can change. Our actions, words, relationships, and habits have no power to alter our true nature. An evil person will constantly produce evil, and a good person will produce good. Even if the conduct of the two individuals are similar, the root of the activity will be found out as either being good, or evil.
Can a man who does good things, be rooted in evil?
Without a doubt, many evil people attempt to appear good on the outside, however the heart of a man reveals the true condition of a man, and the true nature will determine the eternal destination of a man.
In short, the revelation of the true nature and treasure of a person may never be known here on earth, but the Righteous Judge will reveal such a treasure to be evil or good, based on the presences or absence of the blood of Jesus Christ.
What is the true nature of your treasure?