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Philippians Favorites – 1:11

I-40 between Nashville and Memphis Tennessee 2013

I-40 between Nashville and Memphis Tennessee 2013

“Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:11

What does Paul say is for the glory and praise of God? The answer is, “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness.”

“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:28)

The original blessing to Adam was to be fruitful. We know that also means to have children, but it goes much farther than that. It goes all the way to Paul’s proclamation that we have been and are continuously filled with fruitfulness.

I could not find a good explanation of whether it should be fruits or fruit. Both seem to be an acceptable plural. With that said, we are being filled with multiple fruits of righteousness. My grammar checker reminds me it’s passive. You were filled. You didn’t do the filling. You are continually being filled.

Okay enough with the grammar. The dictionary defines fruit as, “The sweet and fleshy product of a tree or other plant that contains seed and can be eaten as food.” That’s the product from a tree or plant. We aren’t, however, trees or plants; therefore, this is a metaphor used to describe the product of our righteousness.

These come through Jesus. (“By” is the Greek “dia” meaning through.) Our righteousness came through Jesus and the fruits of our righteousness come through Jesus. In addition, these fruits are to His glory and praise.

Fruit is for enjoyment and nourishment for us and for others. The fruits of righteousness are the outcome of living according to the Word. It is living God’s way. The fruits of our labor are the wages we earn. The fruit of righteousness is the success and blessing that comes through His righteousness in us. It ties us to the Blessing of God’s grace.

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2 Corinthians 5:21) Let’s share the fruit of His righteousness in us.