10 Steps to Understanding Biblical ‘Fruits’
Are Fruits Of The Spirit Works? Actually, fruits are not works, and it’s not your fruit. You either have this fruit, or you don’t. This ‘fruit’ is either good or it’s bad, and there’s no biblical message teaching that believers have good fruit one day, and bad the next.
Here’s 10 simple steps to understanding the true meaning of fruits.
1-“You will know them by their fruits” – Matthew 7:15
2-How is this taught in a religious setting? Works. Serving. Christian Performance.
3-But in truth, this verse is actually addressing false teaching.
4-When Scripture talks about believers it’s called the ‘fruit of the Spirit’
5-In other words, it’s NOT your fruit. It’s the Spirits. In other words, it’s not your behavior or works, it’s the Spirits love, peace, joy, patience, and self-control in you.
6-Matthew 7:16 says “You will know them by their fruits”, but in context it’s referring to an unbeliever teaching legalism or any way to God aside from Christ crucified.
7-We see that if we just back up one verse and read Matthew 7:15 “ Beware of the FALSE Profits, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves”…….you will know them by their fruits.
8-How can I say fruits are not works? Would you agree every Christian sins and at times we are even capable of doing bad things? Of course you would.
9-Well the very next verses in Matthew 7:17-18 say “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. “A good tree CANNOT produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit”.
10-So if Christians are still capable of doing bad things, yet we CANNOT produce bad fruit, then clearly the fruit is not OUR works or OUR performance. It’s the Spirits! And the Spirit is not capable of producing bad fruit.
In fact, Matthew 7:19 talks about those who don’t bear fruit as being those that will go to hell. So either you better get real busy and save yourself from losing your salvation, or you already bear good fruit because Christ lives in you, and thereby you are sealed to the day of redemption. “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire”.
But thanks be to God that we can rest because when God looks at the fruits from believers He is not measuring our performance, serving, or giving. No. He is measuring Himself, and His own fruits, His Son, as He works in and through us.
Philippians 1:11 “having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God”.
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Author: Mike Cynar
Mike Cynar grew up in church and observed that countless people would go to church and then just stop. The church always referred to them as ‘fake Christians’ or ‘backsliders’ but Mike discovered the problem was deeper. The problem was the church message. The message was 90% behavior improvement and how bad you are, with a pinch of who you are in Christ, It was like every sermon was being preached to the church of Corinth. It’s in the Baptist church, Catholic, Pentecost, and most every other church. After discovering the true gospel message and how we are made right with God because of what ‘Jesus did’ (not what ‘we do’) Mike set out to free believers from behavior improvement programs and bring them back to Jesus. The Result – Jesus Without Religion was launched.