How to Identify Bible-based 'Spiritual Fruit'

The Bible indicates that there are TWO types of spiritual “fruits” required to be produced by Christians throughout their lifetime. Both of these "fruits" are to be evident towards both God and others.

The first type of “fruit” is evidence of the Holy Spirit’s presence dwelling within the Christian, as explained below.

The second type represents the "fruit" brought into God's kingdom by the Christian while helping to bring in the harvest of lost souls out of Satan's kingdom into God's kingdom. This is achieved by being one of God's faithful labourers in the harvest fields of this world or as being a good soldier of Jesus Christ:

(1 Cor 3:8-9)  "Now he that PLANETH and he that WATERETH are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. {9} For we are LABOURERS together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building."

(2 Tim 2:3-4)  "Thou therefore endure hardness, as A GOOD SOLDIER of Jesus Christ. {4} No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be A SOLDIER."

Sower and Soldier

If any Christian fails to become one one of these two types of "servants" in God's kingdom, he or she is considered to be a lazy or unprofitable son or servant (Matt 25:30) who fails to help bring in the harvest:

(Prov 10:5)  "He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame."

(Matt 21:28-31)  "But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. {29} He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. {30} And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not. {31} Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you."

(Matt 7:21)  "Not every one [or every Christian] that saith unto me [Jesus], Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth THE WILL OF MY FATHER which is in heaven."

This article explains the types of 'spiritual fruit' that Christians produce in their lives - both the good and the bad. It also explains the type of 'fruit' God the Father requires to see His people (the Christians) both manifest towards others as an indication of the Holy Spirit's presence within them, together with the required 'fruit' God requires broughtinto His kingdom during each Christian's lifetime on Earth.

Personal spiritual 'fruit' - tangible evidence of the Holy Spirit's indwelling presence

The illustration below highlights the various types of spiritual 'fruit' that Christians present toward others. Genuine 'fruit' that emanates from a truly born-again Christian is always sweet, delicious and full of flavors to another genuine child of God (Eph 5:1). Any Christian that produces such 'fruit' is represented by the leafy tree in the illustration where the spiritual fruit of righteousness, goodness, joy, love, etc. are there to be partaken of by anyone who so desires.

1 Cor 6:19-20)  "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost WHICH IS IN YOU, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? {20} For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."

(Matt 5:16)  "Let your [spiritual] light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

In contrast to these spiritual fruits is the spiritual barrenness of the worldly or "carnally-minded" Christian - Rom 8:6, who has little (if any) spiritual foliage evident in his or her life, and is also devoid of any spiritual "fruit" that others are able to partake of. Instead of bearing the spiritual fruit that enables others to become partakers of the heavenly calling (Heb 3:1), their tree contains items of materialistic value such as motor vehicles, houses, family and friends, etc. that others cannot partake of; as such things have no spiritual value (Matt 6:19-20, 33).

(2 Cor 2:16)  "To the one [or the unsaved person] we [or the spiritual 'fruit of our lips' - Heb 13:15] are the SAVOUR [or taste] of death unto death [because we remind these people of their sins]; and to the other  [who is a child of God, we are] the savour of life unto life [because we speak the words of scripture to encourage and strengthen them]. And who is sufficient [or able to understand] for these things?"

Two Trees

(Luke 13:6-9)  "He spake also this parable; A certain man [e.g. God the Father - John 15:1] had a fig tree [e.g. Jesus - John 15:1planted in his vineyard; and he [God the Father] came and sought fruit thereon [from the branches - the 'carnally-minded' Christians - John 15:5], and found none [John 15:2]. {7} Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard [e.g. the Holy Spirit - John 14:17], Behold, these three years I come seeking FRUIT on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth [or keep] it [in] the ground? {8} And he [the Holy Spirit] answering said unto him [God the Father], Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall DIG about it, and dung [or fertilize] it:  {9}  And IF it bear fruit, well: and IF NOT, then after that thou [God the Father] shalt cut it down."

This parable of Jesus should put the fear of God in every Christian that he or she might be found to be a 'fruitless' (or barren tree) in God's kingdom. Such a Christian should "strive" (Luke 13:24) to produce the necessary spiritual fruit unto God, and therefore be found a "good and faithful servant" (Matt 25:21, 23) and not a "wicked and slothful servant" (Matt 25:26).

(Isa 61:3)  "...that they MIGHT be called TREES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,
the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified   [in them]."

1. The detectable "fruit" of the Holy Spirit's presence within a Christian

Scripture reveals that as fruit on a tree indicates what type of tree it is, similarly, if the "fruit of the Spirit" should be abundantly evident in every Christian, as this indicates the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit is dwelling within that person. The following verses of scripture describe how to identify the presence of the Holy Spirit in a Christian:

(Gal 5:22-25)  "But the fruit of the Spirit is

love, [meaning, 'divine love.' This means demonstrating a strong, ardent, tender, compassionate, devotion to the well-being of others while putting your own interests last. See 1 Cor 13:4]

joy, [this represents the hope, emotion, excitement, gladness and delight over blessings received or expected for self and for others that sometimes has to endure even the most difficult situations - Heb 12:2]

peace, [this represents the state of quietness, rest, repose, harmony, order, and security in the midst of turmoil, strife, and temptations (Isaiah 45:7)]

longsuffering, [or patient endurance; to bear long with the frailties, offenses, injuries, and provocations of others, without any murmuring or resentment - 1 Cor 13:4-7; 2 Cor 6:4-6; Eph 4:1-2; Col. 1:11; Col 3:12-13; 1 Tim 1:16; 2 Tim 3:10; 2 Tim 4:2]

gentleness, [having a demonstrated disposition to be gentle, soft-spoken, kind, even-tempered, cultured, and refined in both character and conduct (2 Tim 2:24-26; Titus 3:1-2; James 3:17]

goodness, [the state of being good, kind, virtuous, benevolent, generous, and God-like in life and conduct (Ex 33:19; Ex 34:6; Psalm 23:6; Psalm 31:19; Psalm 33:5; Psalm 107:9; Rom 2:4; Eph 5:9; Matt 5:44-48; Luke 6:27-32]

faith, [the state of living that has been divinely implanted, acquired, which has developed the principle of inward and wholehearted confidence, assurance, trust, and reliance in God and all that He says in scripture] {23}

Meekness, [the disposition to be gentle, kind, indulgent, even balanced in tempers and passions. Meeknesss is patient in suffering injuries without feeling a spirit of revenge - Psalm 25:9] 

temperance: [or self-control; a moderation in the indulgence of the appetites and passions (Prov 23:1-3; Prov 25:16; Dan 1:8-16; Rom 13:14; Phil 4:5; 1 Thes 5:6-8; Titus 2:2-3,11-12; 2 Peter 1:5-10]

...against such there is no law. {24} And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh [or the "carnal nature" we inherited from Adam and Eve - Rom 8:6] with the affections and lusts. {25} If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit."

(Eph 5:9-10)  "(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all:

goodness, [this quality is also mentioned in Gal 5:22 - therefore God requires a double portion of goodness to be evident in every Christian]

  righteousness, [to study and understand God's requirements for His people in the Bible (2 Tim 2:15) that enables every Christian to put off their own values of right and wrong and put on Christ's values and apply them to their life] and

truth;) [this is the rarest quality to be found in human nature. Truth is derived from the exhaustive analysis of ALL available evidence relating to a matter by testing it until the results are conclusive - however long this takes. Accepting what the truth has revealed from such an exercise can be difficult for most people, as this often means the individual must change their beliefs, attitudes or humble themselves to be in harmony with what the truth has revealed - John 17:17.

[Sixteen Associates of Truth:

  1. MERCYand truth (2 Sam 15:20; Psalm 25:10; Psalm 57:3; Psalm 61:7; Psalm 85:10; Psalm 86:15; Psalm 89:14; Psalm 98:3; Psalm 115:1; Prov 3:3; Prov 16:6; Prov 20:28; Hos 4:1)
  2. KINDNESS and truth (2 Sam 2:6)
  3. SINCERITY and truth (Josh 24:14; 1 Cor 5:8)
  4. RIGHTEOUSNESS and truth (2 Chron 31:20; Zech 8:8; Eph 5:9)
  5. PEACE and truth (2 King 20:19; Est 9:30; Isa 38:3; Jer 33:6; Zech 8:19)
  6. MEEKNESS and truth (Psalm 45:4)
  7. LOVE and truth (Zech 8:19; 2 John 1:3)
  8. LIGHT and truth (Psalm 43:3)
  9. GOODNESS and truth (Ex 34:6; Eph 5:9)
  10. UPRIGHTNESS and truth (Psalm 111:8)
  11. FAITHFULNESS and truth (Isa 25:1)
  12. JUDGEMENT  and truth (Zech 8:16)
  13. SOBERNESS and truth (Acts 26:25)
  14. GRACE and truth (John 1:14-17)
  15. LIFE and truth (John 14:6)
  16. SPIRIT and truth (John 4:23-24)


Ten Things That Are Truth:
  1. God (Deut 32:4; Isa 65:16)
  2. Christ (John 14:6)
  3. The Holy Spirit (1 John 5:6)
  4. The Scriptures (Dan 10:21)
  5. God's Word (John 17:17; 1 Thes 2:13)
  6. The (true) Gospel (Gal 2:5,14)
  7. God's law (Psalm 119:142)
  8. The commandments (Psalm 119:151)
  9. God's covenant (Micah 7:20)
  10. The (true) church (1 Tim. 3:15)

Ten Blessings of Truth:
  1. Shield and buckler (Psalm 91:4)
  2. Freedom from sin (John 8:32-36)
  3. Sanctification (John 17:17,19)
  4. Salvation (Eph 1:13; 2 Thes 2:13)
  5. Strength and stability (Eph 6:14)
  6. Leads to the new birth (James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23)
  7. Soul purification (1 Peter 1:22)
  8. Preservation (Psalm 40:11; Prov 20:28)
  9. Growth (Eph 4:15)
  10. Knowledge (1 Tim 2:4; 2 Tim 3:7; Heb 10:26)]

 

Listed above are 12 unique spiritual qualities (or fruit) that ONLY the truly born again Christian can manifest in his or her lifestyle. The presence of this 'fruit' indicates whether the Christian has fully submitted to the unction (or influence) of the Holy Spirit's indwelling presence (1 John 2:20) or not.

It must be appreciated that any unsaved person (no matter how 'good' he or she may appear to be) cannot mimic any of the genuine spiritual fruit, as the 'fruit' originates from all three persons of the Godhead and can only be evident in the "new man in Christ" (Eph 4:24), which initially commences when developing a personal relationship with God (Psalm 73:28):

(1 Tim 4:8-9)  "For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. {9} This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation."

This means that if any Christian claims to be “truly saved” (Rom 10:9-10) and is "truly born again" (John 3:1-8) and been "baptized in the Holy Spirit" (John 20:22; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38; Acts 8:15), then their claim can easily be tested if it is true or not as evidenced by the spiritual "fruit" listed above. 

In this regard, Jesus used the parable (below) of the “fruit tree” to determine what type of tree it was. For instance, if a tree of unknown origin was planted and in its season pears were found hanging on its branches, it is reasonable to conclude the tree is a pear tree. Alternatively, if any unknown tree produces fruit that cannot be eaten or used for any worthwhile purpose, the conclusion can be drawn that it is a “corrupt tree” as stated by Jesus in the passage of scripture below:

(Matt 7:16-21)  Jesus says, "Ye shall know them [the false prophets and the ravening wolves in God’s kingdom – verse 15] by their [spiritual] fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? {17} Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. {18} A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. {19} Every tree [or Christian ‘planted’ in God’s kingdom as a 'fruit-producing tree'] that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire  [John 15:6]. {20} Wherefore BY THEIR FRUITS YE SHALL KNOW THEM.  {21}  Not every one [meaning every Christian] that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but [ONLY] he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." 

The point here is that every person born upon the Earth produces some particular type of spiritual “fruit” throughout their lifetime, which indicates the type of 'spirit' dwelling within them - the Spirit of God, or the many types of spirits within this world. As an example, an adulterous woman will have the Spirit of Adultery dwelling within her, which produces behavior (or spiritual 'fruit') that represents humanity's fallen nature (the sin of adultery) that opposes the Christ-like or "godly" nature (Gal 3;27; 1 Tim 4:7-8; 1 Tim 6:3-6; 1 Tim 6:11; Eph 4:24): 

(Gal 5:19-21)  "Now the WORKS OF THE FLESH are manifest, which are these;

  • Adultery [means sexually lusting after another person's body - one of which is married. The definition of adultery is enhanced more by Jesus in Matt 5:28],
  • fornication [relates to anyone who has sexual relations outside of holy matrimony],
  • uncleanness [refers to whatever is opposite of purity; including sodomy, homosexuality, lesbianism, paedophilia (or having adult sexual relations with children), bestiality (sexual relations with animals), and all other forms of sexual perversion (Gal 5:19; Matt 23:27; Rom 1:21-32; Rom 6:19; 2 Cor. 12:21; Eph 4:19; Eph 5:3; Col 3:5; 1 Thes 2:3; 1 Thes 4:7; 2 Peter 2],
  • lasciviousness, [is the promoting or partaking of that which tends to produce lewd emotions; anything tending to foster sex sin and lust (TV ads and magazines are good at this). That is why many worldly pleasures have to be avoided by Christians - so that lasciviousness may not be committed. See Mark 7:22; 2 Cor 12:21; Gal 5:19; Eph 4:19; 1 Peter 4:3; Jude 1:4] {20}
  • Idolatry, [Image-worship (1 Cor 10:14; Gal 5:20; Col 3:5; 1 Peter 4:3) or anything a person worships that is held more dear than Jesus Christ. This list can include certain family members (parents, children), motor cars, football players, singers, or anything someone 'idolizes'.]
  • witchcraft, [This includes such activity as sorcery, dealing with evil spirits (e.g. channelling); magical incantations and casting spells and charms upon one by means of drugs and potions of various kinds (Gal 5:20; Rev. 9:21; Rev. 18:23; cp. Rev. 21:8; Rev. 22:15). Enchantments can be used to inflict evil, sickness, hatred, sufferings, and death upon its victims, or to bring good, health, love and other blessings upon its benefactors.]
  • hatred, [is a bitter dislike, abhorrance, malice or an expression of ill will against anyone; a tendency to hold grudges against, or be angry towards someone. See Luke 23:12; Rom 8:7; Eph 2:15-16; James 4:4]
  • variance, [meaning at odds with or to treat another person as an enemy. See Luke 23:12; Rom 8:7; Eph 2:15-16; James 4:4]
  • emulations, [refers to envies, jealousies; striving to excel at the expense of another; seeking to surpass and out do others; uncurbed rivalry spirit in religion, business, society, and other fields of endeavor. Translated "zeal" (John 2:17; Rom 10:2; 2 Cor 7:11; 2 Cor 9:2; Phil 3:6; Col 4:13); "fervent mind" (2 Cor 7:7); "envy" (Acts 13:45; Rom 13:13; 1 Cor 3:3; 2 Cor 12:20; James 3:14-15); "jealousy" (2 Cor. 11:2); "indignation" (Acts 5:17; Heb 10:27); and "emulation" (Gal 5:20).]
  • wrath, [Turbulent passions; domestic and civil turmoils; rage; determined and lasting anger. Translated as "wrath" (Gal 5:20; Luke 4:28; Acts 19:28; 2 Cor 12:20; Eph 4:31; Col 3:8; Heb 11:27; Rev 12:12; Rev 14:8,10,19; Rev 15:1,7; Rev 16:1; Rev 18:3); "indignation" (Rom 2:8); and "fierceness" (Rev 16:19; Rev 19:15).]
  • strife,[means discussion that turns into disputations that result in strife about words, angry contentions, or a contest for superiority or advantage over another person; strenuous endeavor to equal or pay back in kind the wrongs done to one. Translated "strife" in Gal 5:20; 2 Cor 12:20; Phil 2:3; James 3:14,16); "contention" (Phil. 1:16; Rom 2:8)]
  • seditions,[indicates stirring up disorder or unrest among people whether it be in religion, government, home, or any other place. Translated "seditions, parties, and factions" (Gal 5:20)]
  • heresies, [A heresy simply refers to a doctrinal view or belief that opposes the recognized and accepted tenets of a system, church, or party. The word heretic is used once in Scripture (Titus 3:10), and means one who holds to a heresy; who is a dissenter, or a nonconformist. It only takes on an evil meaning when sound doctrine (1 Tim 1:10; 2 Tim 4:3; Titus 1:9; Titus 2:1) is rejected, and a fallacy is embraced in preference to truth. If the doctrine is unsound and one dissents from what scripture plainly states, then he or she is a heretic.] {21}
  • Envyings, [cause pain, ill will, and jealousy as opposed to the good fortune or blessings towards another. They represent the most evil of all degrading and disgraceful passions. See Gal 5:21; Matt 27:18; Mark 15:10; Rom 1:29; Phil 1:15; 1 Tim 6:4; Titus 3:3; James 4:5; 1 Peter 2:1]
  • murders, [cause a strong desire in someone to kill another person; to spoil or ruin the happiness of another. Translated as hatred in 1 John 3:15.]
  • drunkenness, [indicates to having an intoxicated lifestyle and has become a slave to drink that involves regular drinking sessions.]
  • revellings, [These involve lascivious and boisterous feastings involving obscene music, and other sinful activities associated with lustful pleasures, etc.]

...and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they [meaning ALL of God's people] which do such things shall NOT INHERIT the kingdom of God." 

(1 Tim 6:4-6)  "He is proud [or demonstrates pride], knowing nothing [meaning, he has no Biblical truth], but doting about questions and strifes of words [by preferring religious opinions instead of what scripture plainly states], whereof cometh envy, strife, railings [speaking evil of others], evil surmisings [creating negative assumptions about others to undermine them], {5} Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds [this happens when people reject Biblical truth], and destitute of the truth [but rich in false doctrines], supposing that [monetary or intellectual] gain is godliness [which is the basis of many false gospels]: from such withdraw thyself. {6} But godliness with contentment is great gain."

(Jude 1:15-19)  "To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all [both insdie and outside the church] that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. {16} These are murmurers [who grumble], complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words [or are boastful], having men's persons in admiration [meaning they respect one person more highly than another] because of [material, business, religious or social] advantage. {17} But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; {18} How that they told you there should be mockers [in the churches who poke fun at God's holy word and His statutes] in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. {19} These be they who separate themselves [from a godly lifestyle], sensual [or carnally minded - Rom 8:6], having not the [Holy] Spirit [of God dwelling within them]."

(1 Cor 6:11)  "And such WERE some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God ."
 

Summarising then – if Christians continue to produce any of the above-listed corrupt spiritual fruit in their lifestyle, then scripture plainly states “...they which do such things shall NOT INHERIT the kingdom of God.” 

2. Spiritual Fruit Brought into God’s Kingdom

 

God the Father requires all Christians who have all been spiritually "grafted into Jesus" (John 15:1-2) to become “abundant fruit-producing branches.” This is the purpose of God for all His "children" on Earth.

The 'fruit' that God the Father requires is the lost souls won out of Satan’s kingdom into God’s kingdom through the processes of evangelism and spiritual warfare (1 Tim 1:18). This warfare is not waged in the flesh or the earthly realm, but in the spiritual realm:

(Eph 6:12)  "For we WRESTLE NOT against flesh and blood [meaning men and women in the physical sense], but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places [of authority]."

To wage such "warfare," Christians are first to put on the full armour of God (Eph 6:11-13) to bring in the harvest:

(Luke 10:1)  “After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. {2} Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but THE LABOURERS [to spread the Gospel within Satan's kingom - John 14:30] are FEW: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest [Jesus], that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.”

(John 4:35)  “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields [full of fallen humanity in your own home, your workplace and in many churches]; for they are white already to harvest [using the true Gospel with which to bring them into God's kingdom].” 

This “fruit” of 'lost souls' won (as a victory on behalf of Jesus over Satan - His enemy) can only be accomplished by knowing, preaching and teaching the true Gospel message that will convict sinners of spending an eternity in Hell if they die in their sins. Anyone can escape this destiny by choosing Jesus Christ as their Savior. If every Christian did this, they would become labourers-together with Jesus in the same way as the Apostle Paul explained what happened to him and the others whom he worked with: 

(1 Cor 3:6-9)  "I [Paul] have planted [the church at Corinth], Apollos watered [the seed sown by me - Paul]; but God gave the increase [that it might produce the required spiritual “fruit” into His kingdom] {7} So then neither is he that PLANTETH any thing, neither he that WATERETH; but God that GIVETH THE INCREASE. {8} Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one [or in unity about their understanding of the Gospel]: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own [spiritual] labour. {9} For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building." 

Corporate 'Spiritual Fruit' production is mandatory! 

It is one thing for a Christian to believe scripture and eventually go on to preach the Gospel and bring souls into God's kingdom. It is something else for Christians to unite in the truths contained in scripture and to amalgamate together as individual members of Christ's body to preach the Gospel as being symbolic of "one man in Christ Jesus."

(1 Cor 12:12-27)  "For as the body [of any human, animal, bird, fish, etc.] is one [body], and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are [representative of] one body: so also is [the spiritual body of] Christ. {13} For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. {14} For the [spiritual] body [of Christ in the churches] is not [made up of] one member but many. {15} If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? {16} And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? {17} If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling [or the nose]? {18} But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. {19} And if they were all one member, where were the body? {20} But now are they many members, yet but one body. {21} And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. {22} Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble [such as finger nails and hair, etc.], are necessary: {23} And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable [such as kidneys, liver, appendix, etc.], upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. {24} For our comely [or acceptable body] parts have no need [of more respect]: but God hath tempered [or fashioned (e.g. designed)] the [spiritual] body [of Christ] together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: {25} That there should be no schism [or divisions with]in the body; but that THE MEMBERS SHOULD HAVE THE SAME CARE ONE FOR ANOTHER. {26} And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. {27} Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular."

It is my belief that if true born-again Christians were totally unified through sound doctrine (Titus 1:9-11) towards bringing in the harvest of lost souls into God's kingdom in the same manner as if Christ was doing it Himself, this would then allow the power of God to be manifested through each bodily member and for each of those Christians to demonstrate the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and therefore become an effective witness for Christ:

(1 Cor 12:4-11)  "Now there are diversities [of differences] of gifts, but the same [Holy] Spirit [enabling them to happen]. {5} And there are differences of administrations [of these gifts], but the same Lord [Jesus directing them to happen - Mark 16:20]. {6} And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. {7} But the manifestation of the  [various gifts of the] Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. {8} For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; {9} To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; {10} To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers[e] kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: {11} But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will."

The second type of "fruit" required by God to be produced by the Christian is the “fruit of lost souls” brought into God’s kingdom through evangelism.

(Prov 10:5)· "He that gathereth [or ‘labours in the field on behalf of Jesus] in summer [when the fields are white, ready to harvest - John 4:35] is a wise son: but he [the Christian that excuses this requirement] that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame [towards Jesus - Heb 6:4-6, and therefore he or she has no place in His kingdom - Matt 25:30]."

(Matt 21:42-44)  "Jesus saith unto them [the religious Jews], Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? {43} Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth THE FRUITS THEREOF. {44} And whosoever shall fall on this stone [ or the Cornerstone (Jesus - Acts 4:11) in an attitude of humility and repentance] shall be broken [of their fallen lifestyle and rebelliousness towards Him]: but on whomsoever it [the 'Cornerstone' - Jesus] shall fall [because of their rebelliousness to change according to the true Gospel message - Rom 10:16], it [the 'Cornerstone'] will grind him to powder."

If you feel you would like to become a more productive branch grafted into Jesus (John 15:1) and would like some assistance to dachieve that goal, feel free to contact me anytime. I would love to help and pray for you.

God bless,

Alan

Acknowledgement

Notes contained in the Dake Annotated Reference Bible assisted me throughout the writing of this article.