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.
How do I make a tree good or bad? A tree is known by whatever kind of fruit it produces is it not? How do I change what kind of fruit is being produced by a tree?
While I am unable to change what kind of a tree something is in this finite natural world, it is not that way in the infinite spiritual world. In the spiritual world there is an atomic weapon that changes anything, except for blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, and that is repentance. Repentance is so powerful that it can in fact change the place where I spend eternity. If a tree is producing the wrong type of fruit in my life then the way that I make that tree producing bad fruit a good tree with good fruit is by repentance.
The citizens of Nineveh caused the impending judgment of their city to be stayed because when Jonah came preaching repentance they heard what he said and repented. To repent means to change one’s mind or to return to the starting point. The citizens of Nineveh decided that they were not producing the right kind of fruit on their tree and repented. Matthew 3:7-8, “But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:” Through repentance we lay the axe to the root of the tree. We cut off what a tree has been feeding on. Repentance is the axe that cuts off what a tree has been feeding on and causes it to begin to feed on Jesus Christ and His righteousness and thus bear good fruit.
In 1 Kings 18:21, “And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.”
How long do we halt between two opinions? What kind of fruit is my life, my church and my country bearing?
What kind of fruit is my tree bearing today? It is time to call good fruit good and it is time to call bad fruit bad and choose which of the two I wish to feed on.