Luke 6:43-45, “For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”
In this passage, Jesus is confronting one of the worst cultural myths of all time. That myth is: “We’re all good people, and sometimes we do bad things.”
Have you noticed that sometimes a person can do some horrible act, and even make the news, and yet there will be a crowd of people who still believe he/she is really a good person “deep down”? There have been murderers that somehow were labeled as “having a good heart.” Mankind did not inherit a good nature or any goodness at all for that matter. The Bible is clear, “…there is none that doeth good, no not one” (Romans 3:12.)
We don’t need behavior modification, we need regeneration! That’s the biblical doctrine. You don’t need to become a better person; you need to become a different person. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Some people come to church and hear messages with the desire to be a better person. And any preacher who gives sermons to build up “self” is reading stuff written by psychology, self-help, and self-esteem writers.
This would turn the Word of God into a self-help book. It is not a self-help book, it is a God-help book! Only Christ can change our hearts. Christ is the life we enter into as a new creature – a Christian. We no longer try to make an identity for ourselves, we find our identity in him, beginning with the death, burial, and resurrection! We take on His name and His life!
When we are saved God takes the old heart out of commission and gives us a new heart. Jesus uses the word “hear”t. The heart is the seat, sum, center, or essence of who you are. The Bible uses that word, not of the literal organ, but of the seat that control the mind, will, and emotions. Jesus is saying, “Life comes out of the heart. Show me what you think about and I will show life you will live. The old heart was controlled by what man thinks is right. What man wants to have, be, and do. The new heart has the capacity to live a life, the life of Christ in our bodies. That is a glorious life…and it available to you!
And…“out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh.” That word “abundance” means overflow. The overflow of the heart is the mouth speaking. What you think about is what you will talk about. The new heart gives us the capacity to know say what He would say. We have the power to be bold witnesses of a Him who sent us.
And not only words, but motives and deeds come out of the heart. Whoever or whatever sits in the control center (called the heart) directs the life. Our motives and desires can be as pure as the fresh driven snow, because they did not originate with us, but with Him.
Jesus said that old tree needs to be uprooted…it’s worthless. It’s a bad tree. It’s bad to the roots. It has nothing but bad fruit. And then God replants us in Christ as a whole new tree. We become a new creation in Christ, a new person, with a new heart, new mind, new will, new emotions, new life, new appetites, new passions, new pleasures, new affections, new person.
As a Christian, we still have that “hole” where the old tree was uprooted. That corruption is still in this present world. That corruption still tries to communicate to my soul – my mind, will, and emotions. Often we as Christians get rebuked by other Christians for our actions. We often get chastened by the Holy Spirit of God because He loves us to much to let us stay in our current condition.
But notice…when the rebuke or chastening alerts you to things that need to be changed, what comes out of your mouth? Notice the words. Notice how your plans really have nothing to do with God’s will or God’s ways with you. Notice how your words leave Him out. Notice how it makes provision for the flesh and its desires. I know, because I have that same “hole” where the old tree was uprooted!
If you are experiencing this type of battle, I want to encourage you to thank the Lord! That’s right! Praise Him for your salvation. Unsaved people do not have this battle. Secondly, I want to encourage you to go find a godly person to discuss this war going on so you can hear and confirm direction from the Lord.
Listen to the words that come out of your mouth. What’s on the inside comes out during pressure. It can be very revealing.