Christians: Explain Matthew 7:19-20?

"19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them." What is this "fruit" that Jesus speaks of. It can't be works, can it? Ephesians 2:8-9 "8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through... show more "19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them."

What is this "fruit" that Jesus speaks of. It can't be works, can it?

Ephesians 2:8-9

"8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 NOT by works, so that no one can boast."

If "them" (meaning those who TRULY know Christ) are known by their "works", then even those who not only don't believe in Jesus, but literally DECLARE that He is NOT the son of God, all the while performing "good works", must, then, be considered "them." And thus why I believe it is not by works that you will know the children of God, but rather because of other reasons. What are those reasons or signs?

What are your thoughts?
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