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Holiness Is A Fruit

Luke 11:42 “But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”

When Jesus said, “and not to leave the other undone,” it is clear that He is not arguing against doing what is right. God’s Word stresses holiness in our actions. The Pharisees’ error that caused Jesus’ rebuke was that they believed their actions could produce a right relationship with God. But a proper relationship with God can only come by humbling ourselves and putting faith in a Savior, who is Jesus. God cleanses our hearts by grace through faith… Ephesians 2:8, and then we have our fruit unto holiness… Romans 6:22. Holiness is a fruit, not a root, of salvation.

In a similar instance found in Matthew…

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