indicators of authenticity

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Luke 6:43-45

Luk 6:43 “Because no right tree bears wrong fruit, nor again does a useless tree bear the right fruit,
Luk 6:44 because each tree is known by its own fruit. Because figs are not gathered from briers, nor are grapes picked from thornbushes.
Luk 6:45 The right person out of the right treasury of his heart produces a right product, and the wrong person out of his wrong treasury produces a wrong product, because his mouth speaks from what fills his heart.

indicators of authenticity

Jesus is not saying that an unbeliever can never say the truth. In fact, this whole section sets up what Jesus asks next: “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do what I am telling you?” (6:46). But the principle holds true. Like Jesus, we should expect those who say they are true disciples to respect Jesus, and to do what he says to do. Conversely, if we are not producing the right kind of fruit, we should question our authenticity, and seek a genuine relationship with Christ. We should not settle with just saying the right words. Our words are an indicator of our authenticity, but they are not always a true indicator.

LORD, make us true disciples, saying and doing what you want.


About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a former Christian missionary.
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