Into Practice . . .

Spiritual Fruit . . . Part 2

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 . . .

The last post focused on the fact that Paul wanted to visit the Romans to work among them and see spiritual fruit (vs. 13). The kind of spiritual fruit the Christian life should be producing is threefold:

  1. Fruit of the Spirit
    • Galatians 5:22-23 talks about the Fruit of the Spirit that we experience as the Holy Spirit is at work in the Christian life. They are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These are the work of the Spirit in us and they are opposed to the desires of the sinful nature which are: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. The Fruit of the Spirit flows out of love which is foundational. Paul wanted to see this kind of fruit in the lives of the believers in Rome out of which flow the following types of fruit.
  2. Fruit of good works
    • Ephesians 2:8-10 talks about our being new creatures in Christ, God’s handiwork and that we are saved by grace through faith. It also says that “He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Those are good works. We are to be involved in helping the poor, taking care of the widows (James 1:27), and being a blessing to those around us.
  3. Fruit of discipleship
    • Matthew 28:18-20 gives us Jesus’ command to His disciples to “go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.” Paul’s deepest conviction was in this Great Commission to make disciples of all nations. That means spending time with believers so that they learn to obey the teachings of Jesus — Discipleship!

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