The Unfruitful Fig Tree
by Pastor David Stogsdill
Mark 11:12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:
Mark 11:13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.
Mark 11:14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.
This episode is a great lesson about the frauds within Christianity. 1. Those who follow the sign and know nothing of the substance. 2. Those who have opinion but not faith, creed but not credence. 3. Those who have talk without feeling. 4. Those who have regrets without repentance. 5. Those who have resolve without action. Jesus is the Judge that condemns those who have “Doctrine without Practice;” “Leaves without Fruit;” “Profession without Possession” the difficulty from these verses comes from the belief there can be salvation without a changed life. But salvation changes a life, so we can rest assured if there is no change then there has been no salvation. You will not remain fruitless if you are saved. Jesus Christ, the Almighty God, expects a befitting and appropriate nature from the being He has endowed with salvation. This story teaches that God expects a proportionate quantity of fruit from each person. Luke 12:48 …For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
Pastor David StogsdillGrace Bible Baptist Church