Fruit Bearers, Not Fruit Producers
“Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to Him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.” (Romans 7:4)
One of the great and gracious results of our union with Christ by faith is “that we should bring forth fruit unto God” (Romans 7:4).
Notice, it is NOT that we produce fruit unto God, but that we “bring forth” or “bear” fruit. Christ is the Vine; we are the branches (John 15:1-8). The life is in Him, and it flows from Him through us by the Holy Spirit. This fruit is spiritual life given to us by the Holy Spirit in the new birth. It is also the faith, repentance, love, humility, and all the obedience of a justified, born-again, believer. It is Christ living in us by His Spirit, His life, and His Word.