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|NASB||Matthew 10:20 "For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.|
|Matthew 10:20 for it is not you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.|
|Bible Question: Matt 12:33, talks about making a tree good or bad, how dose one make thier tree good?|
Bible Answer: Hi Ironrose, First of all I think that it is important to consider that making "our" tree good is not the real concern of the passage in its context. This verse follows the warning about blaspheming and speaking against the Holy Spirit. So in verse 33 Jesus is saying to the brood of vipers, the Pharisees who could look on the Son of God and call Him an ally of the devil; "Make Me good and My message good, or make Me bad and My message bad; you should be able to determine the truth because one knows the Word by His words." That is my very, very, paraphrased version of what He said.
But you see, in this verse He is talking more about Himself than about us. When He goes on in verse 34 we see that these people who had said that Jesus casts out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons were speaking evil from their hearts.
1) So, even though verse 33 is mainly about Jesus and how He is regarded, the passage does summarize in verse 37 that by our words we also shall be justified, and by our words we will be condemned.
2) You might ask how we can make our tree, [ourselves and our words], to be good. The way that we can do that is to know Him and to follow in His steps, and to be filled with His words.
The Holy Spirit will bring God's truth to us. The Holy Spirit will enable us to recognize and to understand that truth when we see it. William Barclay in his Daily Study Bible Series on Matthew, page 43 says, "We may express this in another way. There is in man a Spirit-given faculty which enables him to recognize goodness and truth when he sees them."
3) Matthew 10:16, "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; therefore be shrewd as serpents, and innocent as doves. 17 But beware of men; for they will deliver you up to the courts, and scourge you in their synagogues; 18 and you shall even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.
19 But when they deliver you up, do not become anxious about how or what you will speak; for it shall be given you in that hour what you are to speak.
20 For it is not you who speak, but it is the (Spirit) of your Father who speaks in you."
Compare/contrast Matthew 12:32, "...but whoever shall speak against the (Holy) Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age, or in the age to come."
From the heart, Ray
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