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Asymptomatic Christians?


In today's 2020, Covid 19 environment the word "asymptomatic" is commonplace.  In relation to the Coronavirus, an asymptomatic person is one who has the virus within him but exhibits no visible symptoms of the virus.  In relation to being a Christian, can one be an asymptomatic Christian who exhibits no visible evidence of the Holy Spirit residing within him?  Jesus answered this question in Matthew 17:17 to 20.


"Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them."


We recognize an apple tree by its production of apples.  Jesus said we can recognize a Christian by his production of fruit that the apostle Paul called the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22 and 23.  If there is no visible Holy Spirit grown fruit production exhibited in a person, we can safely say that the Holy Spirit does not reside within him.  If the seed of the Holy Spirit has never been planted within him, he does not belong to God.  Romans 8:9 reads: 


"You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ."


I realize that not every Christian produces the same quantity or quality of Holy Spirit produced fruit.  Jesus concluded that in His seed-sowing parable found in Mark 4:20.


"And these are they who on the good ground have been sown: who do hear the word, and receive, and do bear fruit, one thirty-fold, and one sixty, and one an hundred."


The fact that a Christian may only produce thirty percent of his capacity of fruit production does not mean he is not a Christian.  Also, even though a person may not yet be producing fruit but is in the stage of leaf and blossom production does not mean he is not a Christian.  If you see blossoms in his life, you will eventually see fruit.   


It is clear to me that there is no such thing as an asymptomatic Christian, that is, one who claims to be a Christian but has no visible evidence of the Holy Spirit residing within him.  A true Christian will exhibit outward evidence of the inner residency of the Spirit of the Almighty God, who by His very essence creatively produces visible evidence of His existence.

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