The Christian Fruitfullness
By: Alfredo M. Inso Jr.
Christians are suppose to bear fruit just as the branches on a fruit tree bears fruit. If you planted a fruit bearing tree and does not bore even a single fruit, no doubt you will surely be disappointed. At worst you would even be thinking, “Now where is that axe!”
It’s because fruit bearing trees are suppose to bear fruit and those that don’t, fail to fulfill their intended purpose.
Christians in the Bible are also described as the branches that suppose to bear fruits. If they don’t they fail their intended purpose and so thereby useful for nothing but to throw into the fire. This sermon will serve as a reminder to awaken sleeping Christians.
The first thing we are going to do is of course to look up Scriptures that explicitly telling us the principles of bearing fruits.
I. Principles of Bearing Fruit
In 2 Co 5:17 it tells us that if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation the old has gone the new has come. Christians are new creation recreated by God to glorify Him through fruitful lives.
John 15:16 You did not choose Me but I choose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain (fruit that will last) that whatever you ask the Father in My name he may give you.
Eph. 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God preapared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Ro 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
2Co 9:10 Now may He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food, supply and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
Php 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
Php 4:17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.
II. The Fruit of Christians Emphasize
Description of a fruitful Life
Fruits has been described as “The outwward expression of the inward nature.” In other words Apple trees produces apples not oranges, Mango trees produces mangoes not guavas.
In Matthew 7:15-20 The Lord Jesus Christ warned His disciples concerning the false prophets who will come to them in sheep’s clothing but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. Jesus said to them, “You will them by their fruits.” (read Mat. 7:15-0; 12:33; Lu 6:43-45)
So what kind of fruit are Christians supposed to produced?
Based on the Scriptures above that we are chosen by God and appointed to go and bear fruit. We are supposed to bear fruit. We are designed to bear fruits. So what kind of fruits we are supposed to produced?
Since the inward nature of Christians is Christ, if we are truly born again and regenerated, the fruit of Christians is the manifistation of the life of Christ/Person of Christ and His work.
1. Expressing the Person of Christ
In Gal 5:22-23 it says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindess, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control”
The fruit of the Spirit is the expression of the Person of Christ in our lives. If you have the Spirit of Christ in you, you will have this fruit.
Note: The word fruit here is singular indicating the unity of all the qualities and they are not separated/apart from each other but in unity, they are one.
Now let us examine every quality with their description:
Love: God’s uncondtional love charaterized by self sacrifice.
Joy: God’s joy not based on material things but on the spiritual blessings.
Peace: based on God’s sovereign love and acceptance.
Patience: enduring unfair treatment by other people just as Christ did.
Kindess: treating other people the same kindess God has shown us.
Goodness: expressing the moral purity and the righteousness of God.
Faithfulness: being as trustworthy as God.
Gentleness; displaying God’s humility in our dealings with others.
Self-Control: experiencing God’s control over our fleshly cravings/desires.
2. Expressing the work of Christ.
The Christian faith is not a passive faith, but an active faith. We are called by God chosen by God as Christians not only to believe, but also to obey. True faith produces loving obedience. And so besides expressing the person of Christ, Christians are also to express His work. The life of Christ is not only be manifested in us, but also the work of Christ be manifested too in every Christian.
The purpose and the work of Christ why He came here.
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” Lu 19:10
“Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many” Matt 20:28
“..I have come that they may have and have it to the full.” John 10:10
The primary reasons Christ’s came is to offer His life as payment for sins, to seek and to save His people from sins and the wrath of God which is to come, and to proclaim the good news of God’s grace through and by Himself.
Christ Jesus was born to die for our sins and set Himself as a Mediator between a Holy God and a sinful man. He reconciled us back to God through His death on the cross. His life on this earth was spent preaching and teaching repentance, the good news of God’s amazing grace and the will of God.
III. Christians are predestined to be conformed to the image of Christ.
In Ro. 8:29 it says that we are predestined by God according to his purpose to be conformed to the image of His Son Jesus Christ and not to the image of this world.
We are created by God to Himself to bear fruits, to express the image and the person and the life of His Son Jesus Christ and to express His work.
Christians are supposed to have this the person of Christ in his life and the work of Christ in His life. The fruit of the Spirit of Christ should come out and be manifested among men and not to be invisible.
Christians are suppose to bear fruit for that is the very purpose of God in their lives. That is their intended purpose they are desinged for that and God prepared it beforehand that Christians sholud bear fruits, to grow and not to be stagnant.
Their inward nature should come out and you will know true Christians by their fruits. If the person of Christ and His work be manifested in the life of a Christian, he or she is not only a professing Christian, but he/she is a genuine Christian.
A good tree does not bear bad fruit and bad fruit does not bear good fruit.
It’s not a guarantee my friend if you only say that you abide in Christ and yet bears no fruit in your Christian life for we know that there is no who abides in Christ bears no fruit because those who truly abides in Christ bore fruits.
Jesus said,”Abide in Me and I in you so that you will bear fruits, apart from you can do nothing”
“If we say that we abide in Him we ought to walked jaust as He (Christ Jesus) walked.” 1 John 2:6
“Every tree that doest not bear goo fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire!” Matt 7:19
Therfore my beloved brethern examined yourselves and meditate this sermon. Try to look at yourself and not others and ask this question in you:
“Did I bear fruits as I am supposed to? Do the Person of Christ and His work are expressed and manifested in my life as a Christian?
If not then repent! ask Christ to help you to filled your life with Christ and thereby to bear fruits.
We as Christians are supposed to live the life of Christ, to have a Christ like life and we are also supposed to do His work this are our fruits. Not to become like world and it’s lust.