The Bible says we must bear good fruit. What is good fruit?

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Speaker 1

So Thomas is asking the Bible says that we must bear good fruit, that the life of a changed mind will bear good fruit. I hear it over and over in church. But what is good fruit? So is it an option? What opinion? Opinion? Is it an opinion? What is fruit?

Speaker 2

Thomas, that is a fantastic question. I really like that, that question, because that is so important and vital to the Christian life. And it’s important because you know what? I remember hearing this fruit and I was like, what are you talking about, fruit? Like, want me to be a gardener? What do you mean? I’m supposed to make good fruit? But obviously everything Jesus said was spiritual. It was a symbol for something spiritual. And Jesus, I feel like one of the most key parts Jesus talks about bearing good fruit is in John, chapter 15. Just to give you and our viewers some context, here John. Here Jesus says in John 15, verses four and five, basically Jesus says, abide in me and I in you. So we need to abide in Christ, and Christ will abide in us or live in us, as the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine. Neither can you unless you abide in me. And in verse five, Jesus says, I am the vine. Jesus says, I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me and I in him bears much fruit, for without me, you can do nothing.

Speaker 2

So Jesus is basically saying, I want you to bear fruit. And the way you do that is connection through me when you’re connected to me and I’m connected to you. This is the step one in bearing much fruit. Now, you might say, but what is fruit? What does that look like? Well, spiritually speaking, the Bible makes it very clear what kind of fruits Jesus would be talking about. If you go to Galatians, chapter five and verse 22, these are like the ABCs of good fruit. These are called the fruit of the Spirit. So Galatians chapter five, verse 22 says, but the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. I believe the next one is gentleness. Sorry, I just lost my place. Gentleness, sorry. Verse 23. Self control. Against such there is no law. So God wants us to have these good fruits of basically the Holy Spirit living in us and the natural outflowing of God’s Spirit living in us, or Jesus living in our hearts will be love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness. These are the fruits that Jesus is talking about. It’s not about making an increase, making money, things like that.

Speaker 2

It’s nothing external, it’s internal, it’s spiritual. And so these are things that basically develop our character to be like the character of Jesus or the character of God. And so God wants us to bear much fruit. He wants us to develop these fruits within us. Because before Jesus or without Jesus, you cannot truly have love in your heart. You’re going to end up having hatred, you’re going to end up having bitterness. And these things or without God, you can’t truly bear all these fruits of being gentle, being kind, being patient. It takes God intervening in our lives in order to develop these characteristics. And truly, Jesus wants us to have this because one, it blesses us. It gives us a life more abundant that Jesus promised us. In John 1010, Jesus says that I have come that they might have life and life more abundant. And what a wonderful life we can have if we have it with love, joy and peace, and we’re kind and we’re gentle and we have self control. These are very important things that make up the Christian life. And it’s one thing to say you’re a Christian, but it’s another thing to actually demonstrate that character of Christ in your life, because I’ve heard way too many Christians say, like, oh yeah, I’m a Christian, and they’re rude, they’re mean, they’re not loving, they gossip.

Speaker 2

Those are not fruits that Jesus wants us to have at all. Those are bad fruit. And Jesus actually made that, again very clear. In Matthew, chapter seven, he says, you will know people by their fruit. If you look at verse 15, jesus actually warns us about people who bear bad fruit. He says in Matthew 715, beware of false prophets and who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly on the inside they are ravenous wolves. Some people might try to look good on the outside, try to look religious and holy on the outside, but on the inside they’re ravenous wolves. They are dangerous. They are not Godly people. And in verse 16, it goes on. It says, you will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit. And in verse 18, he goes on to say, a good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Basically talking about the end of time to those who will not, who lose their salvation in verse 20 says, therefore, by their fruits you will know them.

Speaker 2

And so Jesus is calling us to have good fruit, to have basically to develop the character of Jesus. And the only way we can do that is what Jesus said in John 15, which is we have to be connected to him 100% of the time. And it’s honestly, when we disconnect from Jesus when we’re not in harmony with Him, that’s when self comes up. And that’s when things like anger and pride and selfishness and hatred and all these things that don’t come from God, that come from self or come from the world or come from the enemy, those things come up in our characters. And those are the things that are going to define who we are. And so we need to definitely be cultivating every day a connection with Jesus so that as he pours out His Holy Spirit, it then can bring forth those good fruits of again love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, temperance all these wonderful things that make up the character of God and develop somebody who is definitely, truly a Christian. So I hope that gives you some guidance and helps you know what good fruit is and what bad fruit is, and that you, by connection to Jesus, will, by his grace, develop those good fruits in your life.

Speaker 2

Jay or Wendy. Anything else?

Speaker 3

No, that was very good. And this is actually also a topic we made another really good video on where we go through about how faith without works is a dead faith and it’s not really real faith. That actually does mean you’re being saved. So, yes, we’re saved by work. We’re not saved by works. Absolutely not. But if you really have true faith, like you really believe in the true God, you really serve the true God. You really love God. Yeah, you’re going to see these things. In fact, love is one of those fruits. Amen.

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