What Fruits are You Seeking?

The effect of a repeated lie is to blind men to the truth: this is the purpose of the vain traditions of modern Christianity.

For example, many in the traditional churches today view the word “fruits” in 2 Timothy 2:6 as a reference to some sort of natural benefit:  “And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.”

A few observations:

  1. The context of the first 2 chapters is patient continuance in well-doing: Paul writes this while imprisoned in Rome, waiting to be executed (2 Timothy 4:6). The admonition is to teach the same to faithful men (2 Timothy 2:2), so the topic is teaching or spiritual mastery: in this context, Timothy is to choose those whose faith is evident by their works. The point that Paul is making is that, in the kingdom of God, doing always precedes (and accompanies) teaching (Acts 1:1). Fruit is always associated with works: “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works,” (James 2:18).  

  2. Laboring well equates to obedience and singleness of heart [if thy eye be single, thy whole body is full of light]: The Lord teaches that obedience is necessary to receive understanding: “And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned? Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself,” (John 7:15-17). Otherwise [if our eye is not single and our commitment to the Lord steadfast], we are double-minded and unstable (James 1:8), unable to even know ourselves, let alone teach others: “For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was,” (James 1:23-24).  This was the crime of the Pharisees, according to Jesus:  “All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not,” (Matthew 23:2).

Is it any wonder that a hireling system [denominations and those so-called ‘independent’ churches that follow the same model] associates spiritual obedience with earning natural rewards in direct contradiction to the Spirit’s teaching?  

In this, their hearts are revealed:

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

–Matthew 6:19-21

2 thoughts on “What Fruits are You Seeking?

  1. Amen brother, thank for writing Truth once again. Being doers and not hearers only. For the Lord by the Holy Spirit brings people into our lives to minister to. He brings brothers and sisters into our lives that we ought to love and minister to. To bear up one another’s burdens.

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