by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
Romans 7:4

Turn with me, friends, to Romans 7:4. Here is a great
statement about "Bearing Fruit Unto God." "Wherefore,
my brethren, ye also are become dead to the Law by the
body of Christ; that ye should be married to Another,
even to Him Who is raised from the dead, that we
should bring forth fruit unto God." I want to point
out the object of our relationship to Jesus. Paul says
that we are MARRIED to the risen Christ in order that
we might bring forth fruit unto God.

All through the Bible God speaks about "fruit." Let me
call your attention to some of the Scriptures that
refer to fruit. There are many.

Matthew 7:15

God says, "Beware of false prophets which come to you
in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves.
Ye shall know them BY THEIR FRUITS. Do men gather
grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so, every
good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt
tree bringeth forth evil fruit."

He is talking about human beings. A person who is good
at heart will bring forth good actions. A good tree
brings forth good fruit. A bad tree brings forth evil

"A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit. Neither
can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree
that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down and
cast into the fire."

This means that God is expecting fruit from a life,
and if there is no fruit then such a life is a loss.
That's what our Lord is talking about. He is talking
about human life that does not bring forth any good
fruit unto God, a life that is totally bad and going
to the fire.

"Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them," said
our Lord.

"He spake also this parable. A certain man had a fig
tree planted in his vineyard, and he came and sought
fruit thereon, and found none." (A fig tree is
supposed to bear fruit; that is the purpose of its
existence.) "Then said he unto the dresser of his
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