What Are You Doing For Goodness Sake! by Nelson Price

GALATIANS 5: 22, 23
JESUS CHRIST said, "Let your light so shine before men, that
they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is
in heaven" (Matthew 5: 16).
From where do works that are truly good come? The fruit of good
works comes from the root of goodness.
"You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from
thorn bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree
bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree
cannot bear bad fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit
is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore, by their fruits
you will know them" (Matthew 7: 16 - 20).
In this passage Jesus makes a concerted effort to differentiate
between good and not good works. He goes so far as to state
there are "false prophets" who are like wolves in sheep's
clothes (Matthew 7: 15). Wolves love mutton. In that era in the
Bible land one of the main preys of wolves was sheep. What makes
it difficult for sheep is that a wolf in a sheep's clothing
looks like a sheep. However, the purpose in looking like a sheep
is to deceive the sheep in order to have a special dinner.
There are non-Christians who for a time have the appearance of
Christians, but their purpose is not Christian.
In Matthew 7: 21, 22 Jesus identifies some of the ways persons
masquerade as Christians.

1. They may verbally affirm with great enthusiasm that Christ is
their Master. Howeve ...

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