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Philippians 3:20-21     May 20, 2012FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI
The MacArthur NewTestament Commentary,Copyright © Moody Pressand John MacArthur, Jr.,1983-2007.
REVIEW1) Rapture2) Resurrected bodies3) Bema Seat Judgement4) Crowns
FIVE CROWNS2)   Incorruptible Crown(run)3)   Crown of Rejoicing (win)4)   Crown of Life5)   Crown of Righteousness•      C...
(3) The Crown of LifeThis crown is given forenduring testings (trials)and temptation.      James 1:12; Rev. 2:10
James 1:1212 “Blessed is a man whoperseveres under trial; foronce he has been approved,he will receive the crown oflife wh...
promised to those who loveHim.”               James 1:12
The crown itself is noteternal life because that is agift through faith alone inChrist alone, but this crownis a reward fo...
The Crown of Life is earnedby repentance, beingbaptized, and by patientlyenduring the present trialsand testing of this ea...
Those who receive theCrown of Life will be “good”servants, they will be called“The Chosen” and they willrule over cities.
FIVE CROWNS2)   Incorruptible Crown(run)3)   Crown of Rejoicing (win)4)   Crown of Life (endure)5)   Crown of Righteousnes...
(4) The Crown ofRighteousnessThis crown is a reward givenfor faithfulness to use ourgifts and opportunities inthe service ...
for loving His appearing(2 Tim. 4:7-8).*Note that these two thingsgo together.*To love His appearing is tolive & serve in ...
Crown of Righteousness7 “I have fought the goodfight, I have finished thecourse, I have kept thefaith; 8 in the future the...
righteousness, which theLord, the righteous Judge,will award to me on thatday; and not only to me, butalso to all who have...
The Crown of Righteousnessis earned by being mature inthe Word, growing in thefruit of the Spirit, keeping thefaith and lo...
Those who receive theCrown of Righteousness willbe “good and faithful”servants, will be called “TheFaithful” and they will...
FIVE CROWNS2)   Incorruptible Crown3)   Crown of Rejoicing4)   Crown of Life5)   Crown of Righteousness•      Crown of Glory
(5) The Crown of GloryThis is a reward for thosewho have been faithful inshepherding the flock.                  1 Peter 5:4
1 Peter 5:4 4 “And when the ChiefShepherd appears, you willreceive the unfading crownof glory.”                1 Peter 5:4
The Crown of Glory isearned by tending, leadingand nourishing the flockthrough the exercising ofyour spiritual gift in bui...
Those who receive theCrown of Glory will be“faithful and wise” servants,will be called “The Wise”and will rule over all Hi...
Copyright 1995 - 2012      bible.org  All rights reserved
Revelation 3:1111 “I am comingquickly; hold fast what youhave, so that no one willtake your crown.”
2 John 1:88 “Watch yourselves, thatyou do not lose what wehave accomplished, but thatyou may receive a fullreward.”
1 Corinthians 3:1515 “If any man’s work isburned up, he will sufferloss; but he himself will besaved, yet so as throughfir...
Philippians 3:2020 “For our citizenship is inHeaven, from which also weeagerly wait for a Savior,the Lord Jesus Christ;”
*Apekdechomai (eagerlywait) is often used to speakof waiting for Christssecond coming.*It describes not onlyeagerness,but ...
2 Peter 3:3-143 “Know this first of all,that in the last days mockerswill come with theirmocking, following aftertheir own...
4 and saying, “Where is thepromise of His coming?For ever since the fathers fellasleep, all continues just asit was from t...
8 But do not let thisone fact escape yournotice, beloved, that withthe Lord one day is like athousand years, and athousand...
9 The Lord is not slow aboutHis promise, as some countslowness, but is patienttoward you, not wishing forany to perish but...
11b …then what sort ofpeople ought you to be inholy conduct andgodliness?
14 Therefore, beloved,since you look for thesethings, be diligent tobe found by Him in peace,spotless and blameless,”     ...
According to the Bible, Godrewards us for:*doing good works(Ephesians 6:8;Romans 2:6),*denying ourselves(Matthew 16:24-27),
*showing compassion tothe needy (Luke 14:13-14),*treating our enemieskindly (Luke 6:35),*sacrificial giving(Matthew 19:21),
*enduring difficultcircumstances & trustingHim (Hebrews 10:34-36),*living faithfully with theright motives(1 Corinthians 4...
*persevering underpersecution (Luke 6:22-23),*living a life of godliness (2Peter 3:11-14), and*for making wise andproducti...
resources andopportunities God hasgiven us(Matthew 25:14-23).*He rewards faithfulnesswith rulership.
Every time I obey God I am   doing what is best for   everyone:•   God2) others3) myself
When you store up foryourself treasures in Heavenby giving away some of yourtreasure here on earth –The recipient of your ...
The Master and the servantare both pleased when theservant does well.
It is not a matter of deniedgratification but of delayedgratification.The key to the delay is faith.Hebrews 11:6, 32-40Gro...
6 “And without faith it isimpossible to please Him,for he who comes to Godmust believe that He isand that He is a rewarder...
Hebrews 11:32-40(Group A)32“Gideon, Samson, Davidand Samuel and theprophets,33 who by faith conquered
kingdoms, performed actsof righteousness, obtainedpromises, shut the mouthsof lions,34 quenched the power offire, escaped ...
sword, from weakness weremade strong, becamemighty in war, put foreignarmies to flight.35 Women received backtheir dead by...
(Group B)35 “and others weretortured, not acceptingtheir release, so that theymight obtain a betterresurrection;
36 and others experiencedmockings and scourgings,yes, also chains andimprisonment.37 They were stoned, theywere sawn in tw...
tempted, they were put todeath with the sword; theywent about in sheepskins, ingoatskins, being destitute,afflicted, ill-t...
38 (men of whom the worldwas not worthy),wanderingin deserts and mountainsand caves and holes in theground.
39 And all these, havinggained approval throughtheir faith, did not receivewhat was promised,40 because God hadprovided so...
for us, so that apart from usthey would not be madeperfect.”         Hebrews 11:32-40
Faith motivates us to forgosomething in this life for thepromise that it or somethingeven better will be ours inthe next l...
We are too easily pleasedwith short-term rewards.C. S. Lewis says we settle formud pies in exchange for aholiday at sea.
Mud Pies =       power     possessionspleasures here on earth
Destin = power, possessions,and pleasures in Heaven!*Our dream house is comingand we don’t have to build it.*The Master Ca...
Hebrews 11:24-2624 “By faith Moses, when hehad grown up, refused to becalled the son of Pharaoh’sdaughter,
25 choosing ratherto endure ill-treatment withthe people of God than toenjoy the passing pleasuresof sin,
26 considering the reproachof Christ greater riches thanthe treasures of Egypt; forhe was looking to thereward.”          ...
He chose short-term griefbecause he was motivatedby long-term reward -not because he wanteddisgrace but because hewanted r...
2 Timothy 4:7-8Right up until his death,Paul said that there was areward stored up for him for“that Day!”
7 “I have fought the goodfight, I have finished thecourse, I have kept thefaith;8 in the future there is laidup for me the...
righteousness, which theLord, the righteous Judge,will award to me on thatDay; and not only to me, butalso to all who have...
*Jesus endured the cross forthe joy set before Him –Hebrews 12:2*He humbled Himself to beexalted later -Philippians 2:9-11
You will be repaid!“you will be repaid at theresurrection of therighteous.”                 Luke 14:14
*Receiving rewards fromChrist at the Bema Seat isan unspeakable gain witheternal implications.*Forfeiting rewards is aterr...
eternal implications.What you do with what Godhas given to you is yourautobiography.The book you have writtenwith the pen ...
the ink of works will go intoeternity to be seen and readby the angels, the redeemedand by God Himself.
The little things todaybecome huge in light oftomorrow, the little choicesnow become tremendouslyimportant : whether youre...
faith, help someone else –acts graciously empowerednot by your flesh but by HisSpirit is of great eternalconsequence not o...
*At death you put yoursignature on your life’sportrait and the paint driesquickly – ready or not.*What you see is what you...
The Swedish chemist, AlfredNobel, and his brother,Ludvig, had an errantobituary placed in a Frenchnewspaper – Alfred got a...
Read over your obituarynow and change it, edit itnow while you can.
I Corinthians 3:12-15We send the buildingmaterials to Heaven andthat is what is used to buildour mansion.
The more materials yousend, the larger yourmansion will be so the moreguests you can have overand the more folks you canse...
1 Corinthians 3:12-1512 “Now if any man buildson the foundation with gold,silver, precious stones,wood, hay, straw,
13 each man’s work willbecome evident; for the daywill show it because it is tobe revealed with fire, andthe fire itself w...
14 If any man’s work whichhe has built on it remains,he will receive a reward.15 If any man’s work isburned up, he will su...
saved, yet so as throughfire.”     1 Corinthians 3:12-15
It is clearly asserted inI Corinthians 4:5 that, inspite of all failure, everyChristian shall have thepraise of God.
1 Corinthians 4:4b-54b “but the One Whoexamines us is the Lord.5 Therefore do not go onpassing judgment beforethe time, bu...
Lord comes Who willboth bring to light thethings hidden in thedarkness and disclose themotives of men’s hearts;
and then each man’s praisewill come to him from God.”      1 Corinthians 4:4b-5
The Bema Seat is anevaluation of our works,both good works andworthless works.*This will be a "jobperformance evaluation."
2 Corinthians 5:1010 “For we must all appearbefore the judgment seat ofChrist, so that each one maybe recompensed for hisd...
according to what he hasdone, whether good(agathos) or bad (phaulos).”        2 Corinthians 5:10
Greek words in 2 Cor 5:10:“good” (agathos, valuablelike good fruit) and“bad” (phaulos, unacceptablelike rotten or spoiled ...
Colossians 1:1010 “so that you will walk in amanner worthy of theLord, to please Him in allrespects, bearing fruit inevery...
increasing in the knowledgeof God;”           Colossians 1:10
“bearing fruit in every goodwork “(Colossians 1:10 b)*Fruitfulness also resultsfrom knowledge.*Fruit is the by-product ofr...
*Fruitfulness is the mark ofevery redeemed individual.Jesus said in John 15:8,"By this is My Fatherglorified, that you bea...
*The Bible defines fruit invarious ways:here Paul speaks of bearingfruit in every good work,converts are also referred toa...
Paul spoke of the householdof Stephanas as the "firstfruits of Achaia"(1 Corinthians 16:15),Heb 13:15 defines praise asfru...
us continually offer up asacrifice of praise to God,that is, the fruit of lips thatgive thanks to His name.”*Giving money ...
*Godly living is fruit, asindicated when the writer ofHebrews tells us that Godsdiscipline produces in us"the peaceful fru...
*Finally, the holy attitudesmentioned in Gal 5:22-23are referred to as "the fruitof the Spirit."
What produces fruit inbelievers lives?First, union with Christ.Jesus said in John 15:4-5,"Abide in Me, and I in you.As the...
fruit of itself, unless it abidesin the Vine, so neither canyou, unless you abide in Me.I am the Vine, you are thebranches...
much fruit; for apart fromMe you can do nothing.“
Second, wisdom is anecessary prerequisite forbearing fruit.
"But the wisdom from aboveis first pure, then peaceable,gentle, full of mercy andgood fruits, reasonable,unwavering, witho...
Lack of fruit is directlyrelated to lack of spiritualwisdom.Finally, diligent effort on theChristians part is required,as ...
“Applying all diligence, inyour faith supply moralexcellence, and in yourmoral excellence,knowledge; and in yourknowledge,...
and in your self-control,perseverance, and in yourperseverance, godliness; andin your godliness, brotherlykindness, and in...
For if these qualities areyours and are increasing,they render you neitheruseless nor unfruitful in thetrue knowledge of o...
Only the Lord candetermine which works arehigh quality and which arelow.
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  1. 1. Philippians 3:20-21 May 20, 2012FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI
  2. 2. The MacArthur NewTestament Commentary,Copyright © Moody Pressand John MacArthur, Jr.,1983-2007.
  3. 3. REVIEW1) Rapture2) Resurrected bodies3) Bema Seat Judgement4) Crowns
  4. 4. FIVE CROWNS2) Incorruptible Crown(run)3) Crown of Rejoicing (win)4) Crown of Life5) Crown of Righteousness• Crown of Glory
  5. 5. (3) The Crown of LifeThis crown is given forenduring testings (trials)and temptation. James 1:12; Rev. 2:10
  6. 6. James 1:1212 “Blessed is a man whoperseveres under trial; foronce he has been approved,he will receive the crown oflife which the Lord has
  7. 7. promised to those who loveHim.” James 1:12
  8. 8. The crown itself is noteternal life because that is agift through faith alone inChrist alone, but this crownis a reward for enduringtrials and for overcoming.
  9. 9. The Crown of Life is earnedby repentance, beingbaptized, and by patientlyenduring the present trialsand testing of this earthlylife.
  10. 10. Those who receive theCrown of Life will be “good”servants, they will be called“The Chosen” and they willrule over cities.
  11. 11. FIVE CROWNS2) Incorruptible Crown(run)3) Crown of Rejoicing (win)4) Crown of Life (endure)5) Crown of Righteousness• Crown of Glory
  12. 12. (4) The Crown ofRighteousnessThis crown is a reward givenfor faithfulness to use ourgifts and opportunities inthe service of the Lord and
  13. 13. for loving His appearing(2 Tim. 4:7-8).*Note that these two thingsgo together.*To love His appearing is tolive & serve in the light of it.
  14. 14. Crown of Righteousness7 “I have fought the goodfight, I have finished thecourse, I have kept thefaith; 8 in the future there islaid up for me the crown of
  15. 15. righteousness, which theLord, the righteous Judge,will award to me on thatday; and not only to me, butalso to all who have lovedHis appearing.” 2 Tim 4:7-8
  16. 16. The Crown of Righteousnessis earned by being mature inthe Word, growing in thefruit of the Spirit, keeping thefaith and loving Hisappearing.
  17. 17. Those who receive theCrown of Righteousness willbe “good and faithful”servants, will be called “TheFaithful” and they will ruleover many things.
  18. 18. FIVE CROWNS2) Incorruptible Crown3) Crown of Rejoicing4) Crown of Life5) Crown of Righteousness• Crown of Glory
  19. 19. (5) The Crown of GloryThis is a reward for thosewho have been faithful inshepherding the flock. 1 Peter 5:4
  20. 20. 1 Peter 5:4 4 “And when the ChiefShepherd appears, you willreceive the unfading crownof glory.” 1 Peter 5:4
  21. 21. The Crown of Glory isearned by tending, leadingand nourishing the flockthrough the exercising ofyour spiritual gift in buildingup and edifying the Body.
  22. 22. Those who receive theCrown of Glory will be“faithful and wise” servants,will be called “The Wise”and will rule over all Hisgoods.
  23. 23. Copyright 1995 - 2012 bible.org All rights reserved
  24. 24. Revelation 3:1111 “I am comingquickly; hold fast what youhave, so that no one willtake your crown.”
  25. 25. 2 John 1:88 “Watch yourselves, thatyou do not lose what wehave accomplished, but thatyou may receive a fullreward.”
  26. 26. 1 Corinthians 3:1515 “If any man’s work isburned up, he will sufferloss; but he himself will besaved, yet so as throughfire.”
  27. 27. Philippians 3:2020 “For our citizenship is inHeaven, from which also weeagerly wait for a Savior,the Lord Jesus Christ;”
  28. 28. *Apekdechomai (eagerlywait) is often used to speakof waiting for Christssecond coming.*It describes not onlyeagerness,but also patience.
  29. 29. 2 Peter 3:3-143 “Know this first of all,that in the last days mockerswill come with theirmocking, following aftertheir own lusts,
  30. 30. 4 and saying, “Where is thepromise of His coming?For ever since the fathers fellasleep, all continues just asit was from the beginning ofcreation.”
  31. 31. 8 But do not let thisone fact escape yournotice, beloved, that withthe Lord one day is like athousand years, and athousand years like one day.
  32. 32. 9 The Lord is not slow aboutHis promise, as some countslowness, but is patienttoward you, not wishing forany to perish but for all tocome to repentance. (salt)
  33. 33. 11b …then what sort ofpeople ought you to be inholy conduct andgodliness?
  34. 34. 14 Therefore, beloved,since you look for thesethings, be diligent tobe found by Him in peace,spotless and blameless,” 2 Peter 3:3-14
  35. 35. According to the Bible, Godrewards us for:*doing good works(Ephesians 6:8;Romans 2:6),*denying ourselves(Matthew 16:24-27),
  36. 36. *showing compassion tothe needy (Luke 14:13-14),*treating our enemieskindly (Luke 6:35),*sacrificial giving(Matthew 19:21),
  37. 37. *enduring difficultcircumstances & trustingHim (Hebrews 10:34-36),*living faithfully with theright motives(1 Corinthians 4:2,5),
  38. 38. *persevering underpersecution (Luke 6:22-23),*living a life of godliness (2Peter 3:11-14), and*for making wise andproductive use of the
  39. 39. resources andopportunities God hasgiven us(Matthew 25:14-23).*He rewards faithfulnesswith rulership.
  40. 40. Every time I obey God I am doing what is best for everyone:• God2) others3) myself
  41. 41. When you store up foryourself treasures in Heavenby giving away some of yourtreasure here on earth –The recipient of your $ wins!You win! And God wins!
  42. 42. The Master and the servantare both pleased when theservant does well.
  43. 43. It is not a matter of deniedgratification but of delayedgratification.The key to the delay is faith.Hebrews 11:6, 32-40Groups A & B.
  44. 44. 6 “And without faith it isimpossible to please Him,for he who comes to Godmust believe that He isand that He is a rewarder ofthose who seek Him.”Heb11
  45. 45. Hebrews 11:32-40(Group A)32“Gideon, Samson, Davidand Samuel and theprophets,33 who by faith conquered
  46. 46. kingdoms, performed actsof righteousness, obtainedpromises, shut the mouthsof lions,34 quenched the power offire, escaped the edge of the
  47. 47. sword, from weakness weremade strong, becamemighty in war, put foreignarmies to flight.35 Women received backtheir dead by resurrection;”
  48. 48. (Group B)35 “and others weretortured, not acceptingtheir release, so that theymight obtain a betterresurrection;
  49. 49. 36 and others experiencedmockings and scourgings,yes, also chains andimprisonment.37 They were stoned, theywere sawn in two, they were
  50. 50. tempted, they were put todeath with the sword; theywent about in sheepskins, ingoatskins, being destitute,afflicted, ill-treated
  51. 51. 38 (men of whom the worldwas not worthy),wanderingin deserts and mountainsand caves and holes in theground.
  52. 52. 39 And all these, havinggained approval throughtheir faith, did not receivewhat was promised,40 because God hadprovided something better
  53. 53. for us, so that apart from usthey would not be madeperfect.” Hebrews 11:32-40
  54. 54. Faith motivates us to forgosomething in this life for thepromise that it or somethingeven better will be ours inthe next life.
  55. 55. We are too easily pleasedwith short-term rewards.C. S. Lewis says we settle formud pies in exchange for aholiday at sea.
  56. 56. Mud Pies = power possessionspleasures here on earth
  57. 57. Destin = power, possessions,and pleasures in Heaven!*Our dream house is comingand we don’t have to build it.*The Master Carpenter isbuilding it for us!
  58. 58. Hebrews 11:24-2624 “By faith Moses, when hehad grown up, refused to becalled the son of Pharaoh’sdaughter,
  59. 59. 25 choosing ratherto endure ill-treatment withthe people of God than toenjoy the passing pleasuresof sin,
  60. 60. 26 considering the reproachof Christ greater riches thanthe treasures of Egypt; forhe was looking to thereward.” Hebrews 11:24-26
  61. 61. He chose short-term griefbecause he was motivatedby long-term reward -not because he wanteddisgrace but because hewanted reward.
  62. 62. 2 Timothy 4:7-8Right up until his death,Paul said that there was areward stored up for him for“that Day!”
  63. 63. 7 “I have fought the goodfight, I have finished thecourse, I have kept thefaith;8 in the future there is laidup for me the crown of
  64. 64. righteousness, which theLord, the righteous Judge,will award to me on thatDay; and not only to me, butalso to all who have lovedHis appearing.” 2Tim 4:7-8
  65. 65. *Jesus endured the cross forthe joy set before Him –Hebrews 12:2*He humbled Himself to beexalted later -Philippians 2:9-11
  66. 66. You will be repaid!“you will be repaid at theresurrection of therighteous.” Luke 14:14
  67. 67. *Receiving rewards fromChrist at the Bema Seat isan unspeakable gain witheternal implications.*Forfeiting rewards is aterrible loss with equally
  68. 68. eternal implications.What you do with what Godhas given to you is yourautobiography.The book you have writtenwith the pen of faith and
  69. 69. the ink of works will go intoeternity to be seen and readby the angels, the redeemedand by God Himself.
  70. 70. The little things todaybecome huge in light oftomorrow, the little choicesnow become tremendouslyimportant : whether youread your Bible, share your
  71. 71. faith, help someone else –acts graciously empowerednot by your flesh but by HisSpirit is of great eternalconsequence not only forothers but for you as well!
  72. 72. *At death you put yoursignature on your life’sportrait and the paint driesquickly – ready or not.*What you see is what youget – never to be altered.
  73. 73. The Swedish chemist, AlfredNobel, and his brother,Ludvig, had an errantobituary placed in a Frenchnewspaper – Alfred got achance to edit his life.
  74. 74. Read over your obituarynow and change it, edit itnow while you can.
  75. 75. I Corinthians 3:12-15We send the buildingmaterials to Heaven andthat is what is used to buildour mansion.
  76. 76. The more materials yousend, the larger yourmansion will be so the moreguests you can have overand the more folks you canserve throughout eternity.
  77. 77. 1 Corinthians 3:12-1512 “Now if any man buildson the foundation with gold,silver, precious stones,wood, hay, straw,
  78. 78. 13 each man’s work willbecome evident; for the daywill show it because it is tobe revealed with fire, andthe fire itself will test thequality of each man’s work.
  79. 79. 14 If any man’s work whichhe has built on it remains,he will receive a reward.15 If any man’s work isburned up, he will sufferloss; but he himself will be
  80. 80. saved, yet so as throughfire.” 1 Corinthians 3:12-15
  81. 81. It is clearly asserted inI Corinthians 4:5 that, inspite of all failure, everyChristian shall have thepraise of God.
  82. 82. 1 Corinthians 4:4b-54b “but the One Whoexamines us is the Lord.5 Therefore do not go onpassing judgment beforethe time, but wait until the
  83. 83. Lord comes Who willboth bring to light thethings hidden in thedarkness and disclose themotives of men’s hearts;
  84. 84. and then each man’s praisewill come to him from God.” 1 Corinthians 4:4b-5
  85. 85. The Bema Seat is anevaluation of our works,both good works andworthless works.*This will be a "jobperformance evaluation."
  86. 86. 2 Corinthians 5:1010 “For we must all appearbefore the judgment seat ofChrist, so that each one maybe recompensed for hisdeeds in the body,
  87. 87. according to what he hasdone, whether good(agathos) or bad (phaulos).” 2 Corinthians 5:10
  88. 88. Greek words in 2 Cor 5:10:“good” (agathos, valuablelike good fruit) and“bad” (phaulos, unacceptablelike rotten or spoiled fruit).
  89. 89. Colossians 1:1010 “so that you will walk in amanner worthy of theLord, to please Him in allrespects, bearing fruit inevery good work and
  90. 90. increasing in the knowledgeof God;” Colossians 1:10
  91. 91. “bearing fruit in every goodwork “(Colossians 1:10 b)*Fruitfulness also resultsfrom knowledge.*Fruit is the by-product ofrighteousness.
  92. 92. *Fruitfulness is the mark ofevery redeemed individual.Jesus said in John 15:8,"By this is My Fatherglorified, that you bearmuch fruit.
  93. 93. *The Bible defines fruit invarious ways:here Paul speaks of bearingfruit in every good work,converts are also referred toas fruit -
  94. 94. Paul spoke of the householdof Stephanas as the "firstfruits of Achaia"(1 Corinthians 16:15),Heb 13:15 defines praise asfruit: "Through Him then, let
  95. 95. us continually offer up asacrifice of praise to God,that is, the fruit of lips thatgive thanks to His name.”*Giving money can also befruit (Rom 15:26-28).
  96. 96. *Godly living is fruit, asindicated when the writer ofHebrews tells us that Godsdiscipline produces in us"the peaceful fruit ofrighteousness" (Heb 12:11).
  97. 97. *Finally, the holy attitudesmentioned in Gal 5:22-23are referred to as "the fruitof the Spirit."
  98. 98. What produces fruit inbelievers lives?First, union with Christ.Jesus said in John 15:4-5,"Abide in Me, and I in you.As the branch cannot bear
  99. 99. fruit of itself, unless it abidesin the Vine, so neither canyou, unless you abide in Me.I am the Vine, you are thebranches; he who abides inMe, and I in him, he bears
  100. 100. much fruit; for apart fromMe you can do nothing.“
  101. 101. Second, wisdom is anecessary prerequisite forbearing fruit.
  102. 102. "But the wisdom from aboveis first pure, then peaceable,gentle, full of mercy andgood fruits, reasonable,unwavering, withouthypocrisy“ (James 3:17).
  103. 103. Lack of fruit is directlyrelated to lack of spiritualwisdom.Finally, diligent effort on theChristians part is required,as Peter writes:
  104. 104. “Applying all diligence, inyour faith supply moralexcellence, and in yourmoral excellence,knowledge; and in yourknowledge, self-control,
  105. 105. and in your self-control,perseverance, and in yourperseverance, godliness; andin your godliness, brotherlykindness, and in yourbrotherly kindness, love.
  106. 106. For if these qualities areyours and are increasing,they render you neitheruseless nor unfruitful in thetrue knowledge of our LordJesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:5-8).
  107. 107. Only the Lord candetermine which works arehigh quality and which arelow.

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