Fruit of the Spirit pt. 2
This week we are challenged by a very somber truth that not everyone who appears to be a Christian is a Christian, nor are they elected to salvation by Almighty sovereign God. Reflecting on last week's passage (Matt. 7:15-20), we as Kingdom-citizens are called to recognize fellow citizens by the fruits of their lives. Similarly we are also instructed to recognize non-citizens by the fruits of their lives. In order to recognize the fruits of others we need the guidance and discernment that only the Holy Spirit provides and empowers. We must also be mindful of the fact that outward righteousness does not effect internal transformation (sanctification), nor does it secure our salvation (justification). Instead, outward righteousness are fruits produced in us as a result of our sanctification and justification which are only possible through Jesus Christ alone, by the power of the Holy Spirit alone, from God the Father alone.
- What are Justification and Sanctification?
- How are they different from each other?
- What are the fruits produced in us only by the Holy Spirit?
- What are some examples of fruits produced by religious moralism?
- What are some ways that we can discern the two apart?
Jesus tells of 'many,' who at the throne of judgement will cite works they performed in Jesus' name as proof of their salvation. They will however be turned away by God because they are not known by God (Matt. 7:21-24). As Kingdom-citizens, the only testimony that we should desire to cite is what Jesus has done to us, for us, and through us. To cite anything other than Christ's work as evidence for our salvation is to proclaim that Christ alone is unable to save us.
Compare Matthew 7:21 with John 6:27-29, 37-40. 1 ?
Based on your comparison of the above passages, what is "the will of my Father" that Jesus speaks of in Matthew 7:21?
- If believing in Jesus and relying on only Him for our salvation is seemingly so easy, why is religious moralism such a snare?
- Do you struggle with being religiously moral? How?
- Why is Christ alone enough to save you and sanctify you?