Saturday 18 Nov 2017
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John 6:35

Then Jesus declared, I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

 

The manual of a true believer

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 2 Timothy 3:16.

It is a doctrinal fact that we are saved through the unmerited favor of God or what is popularly referred to as grace.the grace of God, as opposed to works. Through this grace, God bestowed his righteousness on everyone who accepts Jesus as their personal saviour, such he declares them righteous and justified....not on the account of what they have done or could do or would do, but simply on the account of what Christ already accomplished on the cross of Calvary.

But we need to ask ourselves what is expected of those who profess Christ in this way? Since God has already credited them with his righteousness why should they bother trying to live right? Others might even add, does trying to live right not amount to works?

The straight answer to these questions is this, those who have received the righteousness of God inputted unto them are expected to bear fruits with it . The scripture identifies these fruits for us, they are the fruits of the spirit- they are peace, love, kindness, self control, patience, goodness etc. The one who has benefitted from the grace of God and has been accepted as righteous before is expected to bear fruits with the gift of grace. The land that soaks up rain is expected to bear fruit.

Perhaps the biggest test and one which validates our confession of Christ as the Saviour, is seen by the fruits of righteousness we bring forth. The one who professes Christ without the visible and verifiable fruits of righteousness is one who calls God with his mouth, but his heart remains far away from God.
I was in prison you did not visit me, i was hungry you did not feed me...these are verifiable fruits of righteousness which the one who genuinely professes Christ is easily validated by, not by the size of their bibles or the titles they wield in the church. The one who says Jesus is my Lord and yet hates his or her brother..the scripture says such does not know God.

The scripture declared boldly that if we confess Christ with our mouth and believe with our heart we would be saved, it is with that boldness that i can declare that the one who truly professes Christ will bear the fruits of righteousness. The one who truly operates with the conviction cannot but bring forth...such cannot be barren. The proof of that confession is the fruits of righteousness produced...by their fruits , you shall know them, said our Lord.

Which brings us to the role of the God breathed scripture; you see on our own we cannot bear these fruits, the tutorials for doing this is the scripture. The word of God is the manual, the training guide and the set of instructions for equipping the believer to produce the fruits of righteousness from the position of favor which they now find themselves with God. The scripture instructs us, corrects us where correction is needed, rebukes us when we need rebuking and provides us with solid and time tested path of wisdom to follow, while equipping us to become fruitful. Even the Holy Spirit our Helper defers to the word of God.

Every counsel, every instruction and every advise as well as inspiration which the redeemed looks up to in the course of building and shaping their lives must be rooted firmly in and inspired by the word of God if such is to bear the fruit of righteousness.