Maximum production of divine good occurs in the three stages of spiritual adulthood. Each stage produces more and more good until the believer has maximum production of divine good in his life. Only the spiritual skills can glorify God.
Glorification of God through the spiritual skills goes far beyond good deeds or Christian service.
Fruit bearing, or works by themselves, does not glorify God; it is the source of Christian service, the three spiritual skills mentioned in John 15, that truly glorify God.
Production, or fruit bearing, is a result of spiritual momentum; it is never the means. The production of a believer is not a sign of his spiritual life; only God knows if the production is divine good or dead works. Therefore, it is wrong to conclude that a person is spiritual because they are working hard. It is equally wrong to conclude that a person is not a fruit bearer or even a believer, simply because you do not see any evidence of it. Most believers today are not fruit bearers because they have no spiritual skills.
The Greek word for “disciple” means “one who is indoctrinated (or inculcated with Bible doctrine).” A disciple is a student of the Word of God, under the teaching and authority of his right pastor-teacher. Where spiritual skills are bypassed by negative volition toward doctrine or silliness in the application of doctrine (religious misconceptions), production skills take over completely. Spiritual skills are often abandoned to carnality, and good deeds become the production of dead works, because arrogance has become the believer’s motivation.
Divine production, or fruit bearing, is a result of spiritual momentum; it is never the means. Growth occurs through the combination of the filling of the Holy Spirit and the study and application of Bible doctrine. When the believer’s growth produces fruit, God is glorified completely, the ultimate goal of all positive, spiritual Christians.
2CO 3:3* You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts.
EPH 3:16-17* I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith…
PHI 1:20-21* I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
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