Friday, April 27, 2018

So, Is There Fruit?

So, Is There Fruit?
John 15:1-2 
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

In John chapter thirteen, Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Passover and Christ announces, “One of you will betray me.”  In chapter fifteen, Jesus is teaching His disciples through imagery what the vine and the branches represent. In the Old Testament, the vine is commonly used as a symbol for Israel but in the New Testament, the Vine or the “True Vine” is specifically identified as Jesus Himself. In this metaphor of the vine and the branches, there are two types of branches: 1. (branches that bear fruit) and 2. (branches that do not bear fruit). With this vine, Jesus illustrates the fundamental secret of the Christian life, "Abide in Me, and I in you" (John 15:4). 

Could there be a good tree with no good fruit? No! Would every Christian have good fruit? Yes!  Every good tree brings forth good fruit, and every corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. A good tree can't bring forth bad fruit; neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. The true Christian cannot continually bear evil fruit. There must be the good fruit that comes from the life of God in him (Matthew 7:17-19).

Are you a fruit-bearing Christian or are you one who is bearing no fruit at all? Are you playing church, professing to be a Christian, but have never possessed the good seed of the Gospel? Beware my friend–––professing is claiming or pretending to attempt to make something that is not the case appear true. Possession is belonging to, being completely under the influence of, and being controlled by and empowered through the Holy Spirit of God. Are you professing to be a Christian or are you possessing Christ?

Lord, I know I belong to You completely and that I am abiding in the “True Vine.”

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