“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 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, nor can a bad tree bear good 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 7:15-20.
“For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” – Luke 6:43-45.
Jesus warns His followers against false teachers. They are deceptively dressed [camouflaged] as “ravenous wolves in sheep’s clothing”. Their innocent appearance hide their greedy, predatory nature. Their motive is to deceive and harm their victims.
Every good tree bears good fruit; a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. A good teacher will always teach what is good and enriching for his followers because his heart is full of love and good will for others and he wants them to have good lives. He will always express good. The evil teacher’s heart is full of deceit and greed. He devices ways to harm his victims so that their lives are miserable. He cannot do otherwise.
A good teacher out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good fruit. He seeks the good of those he comes in touch with. The evil man out of the evil in his heart brings out evil – how he may harm his victims. So, different types of teachers always express what is in their hearts; either good or bad.
Jesus teaches us to be careful in our choice of teachers. Study them. Look at their lives. Know them. You will know them by their fruit. They will always express what is in their hearts. Jesus was the best teacher. One who loved and cared for people. One who led by example. Let us follow His example and be blessed [John 13:17].
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.