"Being Filled With The Fruits of Righteousness"

J. D. Conley
October 16, 2016

The imprisoned apostle Paul, urged his Philippian brethren to be, "...filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ..." (Philippians 1:11). The only thing that will matter when our earthly sojourn is over, is to appear "without offence" before the judgment seat of Christ, v.10. Aiding us tremendously in this regard is to be "filled with the fruit of righteousness."

Righteousness is right doing. Doing what is right is a deliberate action on the part of . Christians. Too often righteousness is equated with abstaining from sin. Whereas, we cannot sin and remain righteous, we also must see that just not doing wrong is sufficient to please God. God's children must perform what is right while at the same time avoiding what is wrong. Notice too, that we are admonished to be "filled with the fruits of righteousness." Our daily lives should be replete, packed, filled to the brim with evidence, results, or as Paul says, "fruits of righteousness." Therefore our righteousness will be manifest by the abundant fruit it bears. Beautiful fruit will be apparent, not for our glory, but "...unto the glory and praise of God" v. 11.

This fruit is produced as a result of the Gospel of Christ, and not by the law of Moses, (3:9). Thus, only a Christian can bear the fruit of righteousness. God's righteousness is revealed in the Gospel of Christ, "For therein is the righteousness of God revealed..."(cf. Romans 1:16-17, emph. JDC). When one submits to Christ and obeys the Gospel they are made righteous, (Acts 2:38, 22:16). But baptism is a birth, spiritual growth and maturity must follow, (Hebrews 5:12-14; 2Peter 3:18). A significant part of the growth process is the production of much spiritual fruit, (Galatians 5:22-23).

What kind of fruit are you bearing? Is it good fruit or corrupt fruit, (Luke 6:43)? If its good fruit, how much fruit is your spiritual life yielding? Is your life "filled" with righteous fruit? Perhaps your spiritual tree has been dormant lately. How long as it been since you taught someone the Gospel? Prayed and have done good for an enemy? Encouraged an erring brother or sister? Visited the sick or a widow? Helped an orphan?

Spasmodic fruit bearing doesn't please God, He wants us to be "filled with the fruits of righteousness." This and only this, will please Him on the last day.