Roots and fruits

Herschel Hobbs wrote in Baptist Faith & Message:

Salvation is a work of God’s grace which the Christian receives through faith. Its source is neither one’s self nor works. “Have ye been saved” (Eph 2:8-10) means that it is a completed work wrought in the believer by God. So the Christian is a creation of God. Good works are not the root but the fruit of salvation.

What is the difference between faith and works? If one is indeed the root and the other the fruit, aren’t they still both a necessary part of our lifestyle? How can they be separated?

A person who is saved will bear the fruit of good works. Maybe not immediately–the minute the root begins to grow, there isn’t fruit. There isn’t even a seedling above the ground. But the root is there. Fruit comes with time and care. If there is no fruit, check the root. But remember: works don’t sustain us, grace does. Works don’t anchor us, grace does. How depressing it is to rely on works for salvation! There comes a point in our lives that we face the truth: our righteousness-all our good works-is nothing when revealed before a holy God. Without grace, we fail. Miserably. But grace… grace doesn’t tell the story of what I’ve done, but of what God’s done. Grace is the root of salvation. Grace is at work long before we see the fruit of it’s work in our lives. It anchors itself deep in our lives, and holds on tightly through every season


About thrugracealone

I'm a country girl raised city. I prefer open windows to AC, love a good thunderstorm, and enjoy hearing the owls and seeing lightning bugs. A bit old-fashioned, maybe, I can recognize many trees by name, resent elms and weeds, wish for a large garden and canning skills, and hope someday to downsize and get a few acres in the country. I am blessed with a terrific church, a good job, a sturdy house, two cats and a yard full of strawberries and mulberries in the right season. Some of my other favorite things to do are spoiling nieces and nephews, reading, swimming, biking, long walks, and blogging, of course. One of my favorite stories is creation. My abbreviated version goes like this: 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth wasa formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And God moved... And God said... And it was very good. If God can speak to darkness, to an earth without form and void, and make something like this that we see everyday, and make it very good (and it was even better before the Fall!), He will surely make something wonderful out of the dark, void situations I sometimes find myself in. He has, and it's been very good. Two top posts: Can a Person Lose their Salvation? Baptism!

Posted on September 1, 2011, in Christianity. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. “No fruit, check the root” – wonderful!
    And to quote you once more, “grace doesn’t tell the story of what I’ve done, but of what God’s done”. Beautifully said and both a consolation and a joy! Very thoughtful blog. I’m glad to have found you.
    ~ Debbie

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