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Work for Fruit

September 18, 2017

“Herein is my Father glorified that ye bear much fruit.”

In John 15 Jesus tells His disciples they must be fruitful, “Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” Fruitfulness does not happen by the ability of the Christian. The disciple of Jesus can only be fruitful by abiding in Christ. The Christian cannot produce fruit of himself. When he is yielded to the Holy Spirit and directed by the Word of God fruit will be produced in and through Him. The Christian must be dependent to be fruitful but he cannot be passive. Active engagement in good works is a necessary element to being fruitful in Christ.

The final instruction to Titus regarding the churches on Crete was “let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses.” Ephesians makes clear that salvation is only by the grace of God and is only received through faith. Works have no part in the believers salvation. Those who are saved by grace through faith are “created in Christ Jesus unto good works.” (Ephesians 2:10) Good works are the supernatural result of salvation. The second half Titus is peppered with reminders to good works. Four times in twenty-three verses Paul instructs about the importance of good works. In his closing remarks Paul again asserts the importance of good works. Titus was to remind the Cretians Christians to be careful to provide for the indispensable necessities of others. Caring for the needs of others would promote the believers fruitfulness in the Lord.

Much of Titus describes the believer’s good works. The good works found in Titus include being self-controlled, patient, compassionate, honest, reverent, and faithful. Good works include having sound doctrine and a right thinking. Good works provide for the needs of those preaching the gospel. Good works are humility and gentleness with all. Submission to the government is a good work. A good works seeks to bring genuine physical or spiritual benefit to others. The Christian who is forward to do good works will be fruitful in the Lord.

Be active in good works. The Christian’s duty is more than prayer and Bible study. The work of the ministry is more than preaching and teaching. Private devotion to God and the public ministry of the Word are essential. A Christian life without good works is lacking. Study without service is insufficient.

“And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.”


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