Works of Faith

The New Testament is very clear that God the Father requires every Christian to bring forth spiritual “fruit” (John 15:1-9) into His kingdom through “works of faith” (James 2:20-26).

The spiritual “fruit” being referred to represents the lost souls in this world — those who are living a life of sin (Luke 15:10). This is because Satan has ensnared them in unbelief (Heb 4:6). The only way to “save” them (Rom 10:14) is for God’s people to preach the True Gospel and to demonstrate their faith using the Gifts of the Spirit (Mark 16:20) that produce ‘works of faith‘, as stated in the scripture verse below.

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations [by My disciples in My churches]; and then shall the end come.” — Jesus speaking

(Matt 24:14) 

Jesus is the Vine – Christians are the Branches

To illustrate what Jesus requires from God’s children, Jesus portrays Himself as “The Vine” and His disciples as “branches”. God personally grafts each “branch” into Christ as stated in the scripture verse below.

“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

John 15:5

 

The illustration explained

In the above illustration, there are “natural branches” that represent Jews who have accepted Christ as their Messiah and their Savior—together with the “wild olive branches” representing all other non-Jewish people. 

The parable also illustrates God the Father as “the gardener” who either prunes away those “branches” that fail to produce any “fruit”, while selectively cutting back other branches that are productive so that they can produce “much more fruit”. 

For the “fruitless” branches removed from The Vine, the scriptures clearly state that these represent “fruitless” Christians who (after being removed) become spiritually “withered” or dead. These are left waiting for the angels to eventually gather them to be burned in the fire—meaning, in the Lake of Fire (Rev 21:8) at the end of the age, as stated in verse 6 in the passage below.

(John 15:1-8)  “I[Jesus] am the TRUE VINE, and my Father is the HUSBANDMAN [or gardener]. {2} Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he [God the Father] taketh away [by cutting it off]: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth [or prunes] it, that it may bring forth MORE FRUIT. {3} Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. {4} ABIDE IN ME, AND I IN YOU. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. {5} I AM THE VINE, YE ARE THE BRANCHES: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth MUCH FRUIT: for without me ye can do nothing. {6} If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. {7} If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. {8} Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear MUCH FRUIT; so shall ye be my disciples.”

How to produce spiritual “fruit” using “works of faith”

To produce the required “spiritual fruit” through “works of faith” for God the Father to enjoy, the scriptures indicate that every Christian must first KNOW and then DO the Will of God the Father. Such “work” requires the use of the spiritual Gifts of the Holy Spirit to achieve God’s will.  Performing these “works of faith” produces “fruit”, which pleases God very much, and which confirms that such a believer is truly a “Son of God” (1 John 3:1), as stated below.

For WHOSOEVER SHALL DO THE WILL OF MY FATHER which is in heaven, the same is my BROTHER, and SISTER, and MOTHER [or members of Christ’s family in Heaven].” —Jesus speaking

(Matt 12:50) 

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, THE WORKS THAT I DO SHALL HE DO also; AND GREATER WORKS THAN THESE SHALL HE DO; because I go unto my Father.”

(John 14:12) 

It should be appreciated that if a Christian has a HAND ministry, it needs the other members of the local congregation with their respective EYE, EAR, NOSE and other ministries to be able to bring forth the required (collective) “fruit” into God’s kingdom using “works of faith” .

This means that the lost souls in this world who become properly converted through the “born-again” experience eventually become another functioning member of Christ’s body in the local congregation. 

The next article in this series looks at the significance of “Truth” and how God responds to how Christians react to ‘Truth’.

because THEY [meaning today’s Christians] RECEIVED NOT A LOVE OF THE TRUTH, that they MIGHT BE SAVED. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie…”

2 Thes 2:10-11

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