Works Or Fruit? Part One

I was reading the book of 1 Thessalonians. The fruit of their salvation was recorded in 1 Thessalonians 1:9. It says, “…how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.”

They were set free from enslaving sin. Romans 6:6 says, “Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.”

Verse 10 was written about Jesus and verse 11 to us. It says, “…but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Hebrews 9:14 says that the blood Jesus shed for us, cleanses our conscience from dead works to serve our living Lord. Ephesians 1:7 says, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”

How then shall we live? Romans 6:1-2 says that since we died to sin, how can we live in it any longer? 1 Thessalonians 5:15 is a great verse to help us answer that question. It says, “See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.”

The Amplified in verses 15-16 say, “…always aim to show kindness and seek to do good to one another and to everybody. Be happy (in your faith) and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always).” Two barometer verses to help us measure our fruit.

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