1. What is the forbidden fruit?
2. Identifying the tree by Faith?
3. The Tree with Knowledge
4. The Sowers in the field 5. Eating the Fruit 6. Bearing Fruit
To answer the question as to how our hearts became corrupted, The Word of GOD presented the treasures of His heart to the multitude that sat before Him, and said "...Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some [seeds] fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? Her answered and said unto them, Because it given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
"Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross, and [their] ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with [their] eyes, and hear with [their] ears, and should understand with [their] heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed [are] your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous [men] have desired to see [those things] which ye see, and have not seen [them]; and to hear [those things] which ye hear, and have not heard [them].
"Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth [it] not, then cometh the wicked [one], and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth [it]; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
"Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
"Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
"Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
"Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked [one]; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe [which is] instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man [that is] an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure [things] new and old" (Matthew 13: 3-52).
Through these parables, The Word of GOD was presented and planted in the hearts of the multitude that sat before Him. But depending upon the condition of their hearts upon receiving The Word of GOD, they would bear fruit in growing and spreading The Seed of The Words of The Kingdom. He then said to both His disciples and the multitude, "Who hath ears to hear, let him hear", because many had eyes to see, but saw not, and ears to hear, but heard not, neither did they fully understand the things which Jesus said unto them, for their ears were dull of not hearing the Treasures of God, and their eyes were not accustom of seeing The Truth of God, that they might understand with their heart and be converted by The Word, and He should heal them. Like the leaven, they were to receive The Word of GOD in their hearts, and as they meditated on The Word of GOD, He would work in them to bear fruit in their lives, to share The Same Word of Life in the hearts of others, that The Kingdom of Heaven in the hearts of men would spread all over the world.
But there were oppositions to the spreading of GOD'S Kingdom among men. The first was the ability of those, who heard The Words of Life to receive The Word and understand What they had received. For as the enemy deceived Eve, and cause her and Adam to reject The Truth of GOD'S Word, so likewise, the enemy works upon the hearts of those, who hear The Word, to reject The Word, or become unfruitful in no growing by The Word to share The Word, Who has been revealed to their hearts. The things of the world are presented to choke the growth of The Word in the hearts of men. And if The Word is not nurtured and watered to grow and bear fruit, The Word dies out of the heart, and the enemy takes and plants his influence in the hearts of men to act like leaven to take possession of the whole world.
The Word has answered the question as to how our hearts became corrupted with the treasures of the wicked one. He revealed that the enemy of God and man has sown his seed in the same field where HE, the Father, through the Tree of Life has sown HIS Seed.
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It was the Father, WHO through HIS Word of Wisdom revealed HIS will for man when HE said, "...Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, [and] the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed [is]in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, [and] herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed [was] in itself, after his kind: and God saw that [it was] good" (Genesis 1:11,12).
All the evidence has shown that GOD created all things by HIS Word. It is by HIS Word that HE has reveals to us HIS Character that we might bear fruit after HIS Kind. For it is revealed to us by Christ through His servant Paul, who said, "...that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed [it] unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse" (Romans 1:19, 20).
In these passages of Scripture, the LORD has revealed to us HIS will, that we should bear the same fruit of HIS Son. It was because of the Father's will that the Word said to us, "I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every [branch] that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast [them] into the fire, and they are burned.
"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full.
"This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another" (John 15:1-17).
It was because of His love for man that we might bear His fruit that the Word commanded Adam, saying, "...Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die" (Genesis 2:16,17). For as long as man remained connected to the Tree of Life, he would bear, or bring forth from his heart the Fruit of Life, Which abides in him.
If we abide in Him and He abides in us, we will naturally and Spiritually bear HIS Fruit, which is HIS Fruit of Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness and Temperance. Paul testified of this and said, "...Against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit" (Galatians 5:23-25).
Those who remain contaminated by the tree of knowledge of good and evil will have difficulty in seeing the things of the Spirit of God and will bring forth from the heart the corrupt fruit of that tree. Paul said, "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God" (Galatians 5:19-21).
It was the result of eating the fruit, or receiving perverse counsel that brought about a separation, or a breach in The Abiding Presence of GOD, WHO is The Source of all Life, which resulted in mans death. And it is because of The Love of GOD that HE has given to us HIS Word from The Treasure of HIS Heart, that we might receive understanding, and repent to inherit Eternal Life. As we see by faith;, the fruit that Adam and Eve ate was not an apple. It is a fruit, which many are eating today.
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