Posted by: Pastor | March 3, 2010

NOTHING BUT LEAVES

NOTHING BUT LEAVES

Pastor Terry K. Hagedorn, Calvary Baptist Church, Reedsville, WV

Matthew 21:18,19 Now in the morning as he returned into the city,he hungered. And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found NOTHING thereon, BUT LEAVES only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.

The fig-tree in the Holy Land, is a genus of the polygamia triaecia class of plants. The trees seldom grow more than twelve feet tall sending off from the bottom many spreading branches. The leaves are of a dark green colour, more than a foot long, smooth, and divided into from three to five deep rounded lobes; and the fruit grows on short and thick stalks, of a purplish colour, and contain a soft, sweet, and fragrant pulp, containing small seeds. The fruit is formed in its immature state before the leaves are seen.

If the words, ‘for the time,’ etc., are read as a parenthesis, they then become a reason why Jesus Christ should look for fruit, because the season for harvesting had not fully come, it would remove all suspicion that the fruit had been gathered.

If there are leaves, then there should be figs! The Lord knew that there were no figs on the tree–He is omniscient. Has it ever occured to you that nothing ever occurs to Him? Why then did Jesus go to this barren fig tree? It is a spiritual lesson. Israel had all the outward trappings of religion; however, it was inwardly spiritually empty–devoid of any evidence of a relationship with the Lord..

Many Christians are in the same condition. They have all the outward appearances of Chrsitianity; yet, they have no fruit to back up that profession. They have “nothing but leaves”. If you have leaves–the outward trappings of a Christian’s profession, then you should have fruit–the proof of your faith’s possession. Jesus said, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” Matthew 7:20 Do you have fruit or “nothing but leaves”. Every Christian should have the following fruit in his or her life:

THE FRUIT OF GOOD WORKS:

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)

That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; (Colossians 1:10)

THE FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5)

THE FRUIT OF HOLINESS

But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. (Romans 6:22)

THE FRUIT OF GIVING

26 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. 28 When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain. (Romans 15:26,28)

THE FRUIT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. (Hebrews 12:11)

THE FRUIT OF PRAISE

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. (Hebrews 13:15)

THE FRUIT OF SOUL WINNING

Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles. (Romans 1:13)

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