For a long time I was puzzled about the whole spiritual
truth of 'bearing fruit'. The prevalent teaching is
that Christians 'bear fruit' and that to me used to mean
good deeds, etc. That's the 'old teaching', but
teaching that is done in the organized church today.
BUT I read in the NT when Christ in the Lord's Supper
said that "I will not drink again of the fruit of the
vine until that day when I drink it anew in the Kingdom
And when I looked up the word 'bear' in Vine's
Expository, it also sends us to 'beget'. And then I
WE are Christ's fruit, "The Fruit of Christ". We bear
about in our Body His Life, the begotten Life of
Christ. It has nothing per se to do with good deeds,
etc., but relates to His incarnation in us. Christ is
Begotten in us by the Father. Jesus said that He was
the "vine" and that only branches in Him will produce
fruit. Who is the Fruit that is produced, but Christ
Himself His Life as us, the Incarnation of Christ.
And the scripture where John the Baptist says 'produce
fruit in keeping with repentance'. Repentance means a
'change of heart', which also means that the former
indweller is cast away, and the change of Heart, is the
change of owners/managers, Christ Himself as our Life.