A child of God passes the fruit test. Jesus said, ” You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles. are they?” ( Matthew 7:16) A child of God is recognized by the fruit that he or she bears.
Jesus said than in order to bear much fruit, we must abide in ( remain in, stay connected to) him. * I am the vine, you are the branches: he who abides in Me and in him, he bears much fruit. for apart from Me you can do nothing” ( John 15:5. Ref, 2). Bearing spiritual fruit is the the natural outgrowth of being attached to the vine, Jesus Christ.
The Apostle Paul describes the fruit of the Spirit as” love, joy, peace. Patience, kindness, goodness, self-control” faithfulness, gentleness, (Galatians 5:22-23).
The first characteristic of a child of God is a person who is bearing spiritual fruit.
A Child of God Practices Obedience, Righteousness, and Godliness
A child of God practices obedience. righteousness, and godliness:
Obedience – A child of God obeys and does God’s will. In the parable of the two sons, the son who did go to work in the vineyard did the will of this father (Matthew 21:28-31). Note the difference between doing God’s will and rebelling against or refusing to do God’s will. Jesus emphasized the importance of doing God’s well when he said, ” For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and Sister and mother” (Matthew 12:50). Obeying God’s will is essential for our relationship with Jesus and our heavenly Father.
Righteousness – A child of God practice righteousness and does willfully, habitually sin. 1John 3:10 says. ” By this the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God…” Practicing righteousness means doing what is deemed right by the Lord, i.e. what is approved in His eyes (HELPS-Word studies. Ref.3) 1John 3:9 illustrates what it means to practice righteousness. “No one who is born of God practice sin, because His seed abides in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” ( 1 John 3:9 italics added).
Godliness – The Apostle Paul instructs his spiritual son. Timothy 4:7). The Greek word for discipline is gumnazo, which means train oneself with full effort (Ref.4). The English words * gym” and gymnasium* come from this same root. The Greek word for godliness is Eusebeia also means devotion (Ref.5). In the same way that an athlete trains with full effort in a gym. every child of God should train with full effort in reverence and devotion towards God.
A Child of God is Led by the Spirit
When we are a child of God, the Holy Spirit is our guide for life (Romans 8:14). The Holy Spirit guides us into all the truth and helps us understand the scriptures ( John 16:13. John 14 :26. ref. 6). The Holy Spirit helps us to put to death the deeds of the flesh (Romans 8:13). The Holy Spirit guides in making decisions ( James 1:5). what to do ( Acts 10:19-20), and where to go (Acts 16:6.10). A child of God has an active, dynamic relationship with God. and follows the leading of the Holy Spirit in his/her life.
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