Understanding the Difference

When we take the time to look up the scripture references in the footnotes that follow the text below, we gain a greater understanding as to the difference between a nominal Christian (in name only) and that of a born-again disciple of Christ.

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A Tree and Its Fruit

15 j Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are kravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them lby their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, mevery healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 nEvery tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them lby their fruits.

I Never Knew You

21 oNot everyone who psays to me, Lord, Lord, will qenter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who rdoes the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 sOn that day tmany will say to me, Lord, Lord, did we not uprophesy in your name, and cast out demons vin your name, and do many mighty works in your name? 23 tAnd then will I declare to them, I wnever knew you; xdepart from me, yyou workers of lawlessness.

Matthew 7:15-23 (ESV)

j chapter. 24:11, 24; Deut. 13:1-3; Jer. 14:14; 23:16; Mark 13:22;Luke 6:26; Acts 13:6; 2 Pet. 2:1; 1 John 4:1

k Ezek. 22:27; Acts 20:29; [Mic. 3:5; John 10:12]

l Luke 6:43, 44; James 2:18

m chapter. 12:33-35

n See chapter. 3:10

l [See verse. 16 above]

o Luke 6:46; Rom. 2:13; James 1:22

p [Hos. 8:2]

q [John 3:3, 5]

r chapter. 12:50

s chapter. 25:11, 12; Luke 13:25-27

t Mal. 3:17, 18

u [Num. 24:4; John 11:51; 1 Cor. 13:2]

v See Mark 9:38

w chapter. 10:33; [Ps. 101:4]

x chapter. 25:41; Ps. 6:8

y chapter. 13:41; Ps. 5:5

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Karl Rhoads

I am a Married, Forgiven, Imperfect Follower of Christ. I am a recovered alcoholic (since July 12, 1999) and an ordained minister of the Gospel of Christ (since July 6, 2002). I have been saved from the grave (more then a few times) by the loving hand of the God and Father of our Lord, Christ Jesus. My heart's desire is to meet the needs of others with the love of Christ as he directs and enables me to do so.

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