A Tree Is Known By Its Fruit


Jesus says “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

Do Not Judge

Jesus says: “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

Persecutions are Coming


Jesus says: “Behold, I send you out to as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.
“Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
“A disciple in not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for a disciple the he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household! Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.

The New Birth


There was a man of the Pharisees
named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
This man came to Jesus by night and said
to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a
teacher come from God; for no one can do
these signs that You do unless God is with
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most
assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born
again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a
man be born when he is old? Can he enter
a second time into his mother’s womb
and be born?”
Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say
to you, unless one is born of water and the
Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and
that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do
not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be
born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes,
and you hear the sound of it, but cannot
tell where it comes from and where it goes.
So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Nicodemus answered and said to Him,
“How can these things be?”
Jesus answered and said to him, “Are
you the teacher of Israel, and do not know
these things? Most assuredly, I say to you,
We speak what We know and testify what We
have seen, and you do not receive Our witness.
If I have told you earthly things and
you do not believe, how will you believe if
I tell you heavenly things? No one has
ascended to heaven but He who came down
from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who
is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the
serpent in the wilderness, even so must the
Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes
in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
For God so loved the world that He gave His
only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him
should not perish but have everlasting life. For
God did not send His Son into the world to condemn
the world, but that world through Him
might be saved.

He who believes in Him is not condemned;
but he who does not believe is condemned
already, because he has not believed in the
name of the only begotten Son of God. And this
is the condemnation, that the light has come into
the world, and men loved darkness rather than
light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone
practicing evil hates the light and does not come
to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
But he who does the truth comes to the light,
that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they
have been done in God.”

Jesus Forgives And Heals a Paralytic

And again He entered Capernaum
after some days, and it was heard that
He was in the house. Immediately many
gathered together so that there was no
longer room to receive them not even near the
door. And He preached the word to them.
Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic
who was carried by four men. And when
they could not come near Him because of
the crowd, they uncovered the roof where
He was. So when they had broken through,
they let down the bed on which the paralytic
was lying.
When Jesus saw their faith, He said to
the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven

And some of the scribes were sitting
there and reasoning in their hearts, “Why
does this Man speak blasphemies like this?
Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
But immediately, when Jesus perceived
in His spirit that they reasoned thus within
themselves, He said to them, “Why do you
reason about these things in you hearts?
Which is easier, to say to the paralytic,
Your sins are forgiven you’, or to say, ‘Arise,
take up you bed and walk’? But that you
may know that the Son of Man has power
on earth to forgive sins”
— He said to the
paralytic, “I say to you, arise, take up your
bed, and go to your house.”
he arose, took up the bed, and went out in
the presence of them all, so that all were
amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never
saw anything like this!”