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Abide here for fruitfulness

Monday, February 24, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Abide here for fruitfulness

‘By this My Father is glorified that you bear much fruit.’ In so saying Jesus declares the objective for every Christian life.

John 15:1-8 is all about fruitfulness yet often misunderstood.  A detailed look at verse 2 will bring some clarity.  ‘Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He lifts up (airo in Greek – to lift up) and every branch in Me that bears fruit He cleanses (kathairo in Greek – to cleanse) that it may bear more fruit.’

This is talking about us  - every born again believer is now in Jesus. ‘You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.’ (Verse 3)

Then Jesus goes on to say that we are to abide (meno in Greek – to dwell, abide) in Him, the vine, as we cannot bear fruit of ourselves. Our ‘good works’ count for nothing – only those works ordained, led, and performed in the Spirit are ‘fruit.’

Then Jesus talks of unbelievers in verse 6, that is those who are not His – anyone who does not dwell in Him.  These Jesus says are ‘cast out’ or ‘thrown away,’ gathered and thrown into the fire – certainly not a description of precious born again, spirit indwelt believers of whom Jesus loses not even one, but that one destined for perdition, Judas Iscariot. (John 17:12)

Here comes the best business and life plan - Now, dwell, abide in Him and let His words (words He speaks to you) dwell in you – then ask what you desire, in the context of the word He has spoken to you, and it will be done for you. ‘By this My Father is glorified.’ 

Our Father in heaven is glorified in doing those things that Jesus speaks to us through the Holy Spirit – this is the testimony of ICCC, the business or working life that becomes the outward manifestation of an inward walk of faith – faith that comes by hearing God speak.  We don’t live in fear that somehow we fall short and are in danger of being cut off and thrown into the fire. Certainly we all fall short to some degree, but the Spirit who dwells in us changes us from one degree of glory to another and bit by bit we become more like Jesus – truly we are cleansed and lifted up to bear more fruit. 

Have you seen a vineyard?  There are the vines with their branches lifted up and tied in, to bear much fruit. Our Father is the vinedresser – lovingly tending us, the born again believers, the body and bride of Christ.