Unfruitful Fig Tree Parable
Let us all take heed
He [Yahshua] spoke also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it; And if it bear fruit, well, and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down. Luke 13:6-9 (KJV)
Question: What are bad fruit in mankind?
I Am the True Vine, and my Father is the Husbandman. Every branch in me that bears not fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit. John 15:1-2 (KJV)
Challenge: Thoroughly read John chapter 15 and take heed of all the good fruit.
Question: What is a husbandman/Vineyard Keeper?
-Easton's Illustrated Dictionary
The Holy Father's business as a husbandman is to cultivate (nurture, develop, improve) His people who are in His Holy Son, Yahshua ha Mashiach/Jesus Christ
Every Branch in Me that Bears not Fruit He Takes Away
Yahshua Speaks to His Disciples
Example: And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own Name those whom thou hast given me that they may be one, as we are.
While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy Name, those that you gave me I have kept and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. John 17:11-12 (KJV)
Question: Who was the son of perdition [hell, abyss]?
Answer: Judas Iscariot
Note: Fruitlessness nets being completely removed from the True Vine
Every plant, which my Heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.
Matthew 15:13 (KJV)
Every branch that bears fruit, He purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
Purge: Prunes (crops, thins, cuts)
Question: Why is good fruit production important? That I/YHVH may be glorified. Isaiah 60:21 (KJV)
Blessed are the Undefiled
Blessed are the undefiled in the way who walk in the Law of the LORD. Blessed are they that keep His testimonies and that seek Him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity; they walk in His ways.
O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments. I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. I will keep thy statutes. O forsake me not utterly. Psalms 119:1-8 (KJV)
Undefiled: Pure, blameless
Testimonies: The LORD's Instructions, decrees
Iniquity: evil, lawlessness
Fruits Acceptable for Repentance
John, the Baptizer
Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance; and think not to say within yourselves, we have Abraham to our father, for I say unto you, that GOD is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees; therefore, every tree which brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He that cometh after me is MIGHTIER than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear. He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit, and with fire. Whose fan is in His hand, and He will throughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. Matthew 3:8-12 (KJV)
Question: Who is speaking?
Answer: John, the Baptizer
Question: Who is John the Baptist and what was his mission?
Answer: Isaiah 40:3; Malachi 3:1: Malachi 4:5-6; Matthew 3:3
Question: What is repentance?
Answer: A change of mind, heart-felt sorrow for sins, a genuine desire and determination to live holy. Read Genesis 17:1; Deuteronomy 18:13; Matthew chapters 5-7; Matthew 5:48
Cease to do evil; learn to do well (Isaiah 1:16-17)
Josiah – II Chronicles 34:27
Habakkuk chapter 3
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the LORD, And He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you; Whom the Heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which GOD hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. Acts 3:19-21 (KJV)