Parable of the Fig Tree

Luke 13:6-9: Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’

“‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”

When Jesus told this parable he was referring to Israel, but this also pertains to those who claim to be followers of Jesus, yet fail to turn from their lives of sin. That includes those who experience their “spiritual high” and have no real commitment to the Lord. God gives you opportunity after opportunity to repent, but God will not tolerate sin forever. There will come a time where those who never had a relationship with God will be judged and there will be no more mercy.

Revelation 20:11-15 describes the judgement the these people will face:

“Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them.12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”

The names that are written in the book of life are all those who accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. Those who are thrown in the lake of fire are obviously those who never accepted Christ or thought they did, but had no real commitment. The lake of fire is hell. God doesn’t want anyone to go to hell, but He gives us that choice. He is just. If you are one of those who had a one time spiritual encounter, you aren’t safe. If you continue to bear no fruit (see Luke 13:6-9 again) you will be cut off.

The punishment that awaits those who never commit to the Lord is the reason why true ministers of the Gospel do what they do. They want to lead as many souls into the Kingdom as they can. In my eyes, it’s the most important job in the world.

Don’t wait. You’re wasting time. Soon, it will be too late. Accept Christ.

-Austin

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About Austin Coons

20 years old. Follower of Jesus Christ. Studying Pastoral Ministry at Moody Bible Institute.

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