Hosea 14:8

Our fruit (what we produce), is found in God. The fruit from a fruit tree is directly linked to the root. Cut off the connection and the branch will die along with the fruit. As a natural consequence of our communion with Christ we will produce good fruit, that is our actions, motives and so on will be holy and righteous as he is holy and righteous.

Every bunch of grapes has first been at the root of the vine. The nutrients have passed through the stem and organized itself as a bunch of grapes – but it was first in the stem. The same is for us. Every holy work, every good action, every righteous motive was first found in Christ and flows to us as we are in Him and He is in us, the hope of glory.

Oh Christian, prize this precious communion because it is the source of all fruitfulness that we could ever hope to know. If you were not joined to Christ you would be a barren wasteland.

Our fruit comes from Gods providence. When the rain falls from the sky, when the clouds looks down about to distill its golden treasure, when the bright sun swells the cherry then both the sun and rain is able to whisper to the tree, “form me is your fruit found.” If the fruit owes much to its root and also other external influences, how much do we owe to to Gods providence grace from which he constantly provides for us through His teaching and other gifts. To Him we owe so much.

Our fruit comes from God because of His wise and skillful gardening. The gardeners sharper edged knife promotes the fruitfulness of the tree. By thinning the clusters of grapes and by cutting off the dead branches, so it is, Christian, with the pruning that the Lord does to us. “My father is the gardener. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit He cuts off and every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that is bears more fruit.”

Since our God, the Triune Creator: Father, Son and Spirit is the author of of our spiritual graces, let us give to Him all the glory and power for ever and ever amen.

 

This commentary is based on the work of Charles Spurgeon

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