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Nancy Thompson

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For a long time I was puzzled about the whole spiritual truth of 'bearing fruit'.  The prevalent teaching is that Christians 'bear fruit' and that to me used to mean good deeds, etc.  That's the 'old teaching', but teaching that is done in the organized church today.

 

BUT I read in the NT when Christ in the Lord's Supper said that "I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it anew in the Kingdom of God". 

 

And when I looked up the word 'bear' in Vine's Expository, it also sends us to 'beget'.  And then I had clarity.

 

WE are Christ's fruit, "The Fruit of Christ".  We bear about in our Body His Life, the begotten Life of Christ.  It has nothing per se to do with good deeds, etc., but relates to His incarnation in us.  Christ is Begotten in us by the Father.  Jesus said that He was the "vine" and that only branches in Him will produce fruit.  Who is the Fruit that is produced, but Christ Himself His Life as us, the Incarnation of Christ.

 

And the scripture where John the Baptist says 'produce fruit in keeping with repentance'.  Repentance means a 'change of heart', which also means that the former indweller is cast away, and the change of Heart, is the change of owners/managers, Christ Himself as our Life.