Q. From the Parable of the Sower, is being fruitful referring to the nine Spiritual fruits born in our character? Do ‘deeds’ or ‘good works’ then have to follow ‘fruits’? At the believers’ judgment for rewards, will our Lord judge us on works or fruits or are they both the same thing? Thanks for your help.
A. Fruit that remains on the tree has no value. It only has value when it’s distributed to provide nourishment to others. The fruit of the spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23 is born into every believer, But unless it is manifested in the form of good deeds it provides no spiritual nourishment to others.
The Holy Spirit will periodically prompt believers to perform some act of kindness or mercy to people in need. When we respond to this prompting we are bearing fruit. James 2 :15-16 gives us a good example of this;
“Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?”
See what I mean?