Christ uses symbology to teach you and let you know more about what He desires from you. His method is simple and addresses His concerns and yours. We are His children and He wants you to understand your place in His family.
Consider this: you want to teach your preschooler to add and subtract. You remove three matchsticks and ask; how many are left? By using matchsticks (symbology) your child is learning an important lesson in math.
You begin to learn this lesson of symbology as we visit the Old Testament. Jeremiah 17:10 KJV reads:
“I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”
Your ways and your doings show our Lord your fruit, the real you. Jeremiah 21:14 KJV continues:
“But I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings, saith the Lord: and I will kindle a fire in the forest thereof, and it shall devour all things round about it.”
The punishment is the result of bad fruit while good fruit is pleasing to God and will be rewarded.
Christ’s doctrine of symbology continues in the New Testament. He utilizes trees and fruits to teach His children as you used matchsticks to teach yours. Matthew 12:33 KJV states:
“Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.”
You also reference yourself to trees i.e.: family tree, your limbs and the trunk of your body. Here Christ is letting you (the tree) know that no guesswork is necessary. He knows that good trees produce good fruit and bad trees produce the opposite, as He clearly judges you by the fruit (works) you bear. James 3:11 KJV makes this same point:
“Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?”
Sweet water is produced by a particular well as good fruit is produced by a particular tree. You’re either one or the other, never both.
The parable of the sower ends with the following verse: Matthew 13:23 KJV reads:
“But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
God wants you (His tree) to be planted in the good ground where the only requirement is that you hear and understand God’s Word. The good fruit you bear and bring forth is determined by your level of understanding God’s Word. God uses symbology to clarify