You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?…
I. The rule laid down by Christ in the text is INFALLIBLE IN CHARACTER AND UNIVERSAL in application. It is true in the natural world as in the spiritual.
II. By their FRUITS ye shall know them.
1. This test is a reasonable one.
2. It is a sensible one.
3. It is a simple one.
4. It is a just one.
5. It is a sure one.
6. It is one which men apply continually in judging of each other's conduct.
7. It is one which the Judge will apply on the final day.
(J. N. Sherwood, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
WEB: By their fruits you will know them. Do you gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?