No Fruit=No Conversion

Question: What type of tree is in the picture on the right?

How do you know this? Because you can see the type of fruit the tree produces.

But what if there were no fruit? Could you tell then?

Let it be a settled principle in our religion that when a person brings forth no fruits of the Spirit, they do not have the Holy Spirit within them. Let us resist as a deadly error the common idea, that all baptized people are born again, and that all members of the Church have the Holy Spirit. One simple question must be our rule: What fruit does a person bring forth? Do they repent? Do they believe with the heart on Jesus? Do they live a holy life? Do they overcome the world? Habits like these are what Scripture calls “fruit.” When these “fruits” are lacking, it is profane to talk of a person having the Spirit of God within them. – J.C. Ryle

Expository Thoughts on the Gospels: Luke volume 1, [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1986], 192.

HT: Ryle

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