Into Practice …

Spiritual Fruit … Part 1

Romans 1:13-17 NLT

[13] I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, that I planned many times to visit you, but I was prevented until now. I want to work among you and see spiritual fruit, just as I have seen among other Gentiles.

[14] For I have a great sense of obligation to people in both the civilized world and the rest of the world, to the educated and uneducated alike.

[15] So I am eager to come to you in Rome, too, to preach the Good News.

[16] For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes-the Jew first and also the Gentile.

[17] This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say,

“It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”

Reflection …

After Paul’s thanksgiving to God for their faith as noted in the previous post, he gives what may seem to be an excuse for not visiting earlier. Something prevented him until the time he writes the letter and had plans to visit them. God’s timing is always perfect despite how much we long to do something, even wonderful spiritual things.

Why does Paul want to visit them?

He wants to work among them and see spiritual fruit. Paul’s desire was to take the Good News to the gentiles but he also so deeply desired for them to be fruitful in their faith. (vs. 13)

What kind of fruit would he be talking about?

  • Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)
  • Fruit of good works (Ephesians 2:8-10)
  • Fruit of discipleship (Matthew 28:19-20)

These three types of fruit we will look at in a bit more depth in the next post, but the important point here is that Paul needed to go and work with them so that their faith would mature and that they would understand that it is the Good News that makes us right in God’s sight. The following chapters are a beautiful and detailed explanation of the Good News of the Gospel which makes us right before God, and that it is through faith in Jesus Christ that we have life.

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