You Must Bear Fruit, John 15:5

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October 2020



You Must Bear Fruit, John 15:5


During the Jesus Ministry on earth He taught His disciples many things concerning the kingdom of God and how to qualify to be a part of it.


Part of the qualification is fruit bearing. He drew His analogy from what many people, in His time, would be familiar with, namely, the purpose and experience of a crop farmer.


God is the planter and what He plants is a seed that germinates and grows into a fruit-bearing tree.  The tree is a vine which is supposed to yield grapes used for producing wine, a much sought after drink.


1.     Jesus is the true vine, John 15:1.  


·              He is the true Messiah but there are false messiahs

·              He is the true prophet and teacher but there are false prophets, false teachers and false witnesses. They bring forth bad fruits. He warned His disciples to keep away from them, Matt. 7:15-20

·              There are false christs. They are agents of satan, Mk. 13:21-22.

·              There are false witnesses too, like the Pharisees, the Chief Priests and Scribes who made false accusations against Him during His trial, Lk. 22:66-71


2.     Just as He is the true vine Jesus is also the good Shepherd. As He says the good Shepherd gives His life to the sheep, John 10:11.


All others who call themselves Shepherds are thieves and robbers. They do not love the sheep. They want to steal or mislead them, John 10:7-8.


3.     What Jesus is saying is as follows:

·              As the true vine he is in the world to show His disciples and, indeed the entire human race the way to the Father, John 14:6. He is the vine. He is rooted in the Father and that is why He is able to stand, despite fierce opposition from unbelieving Jews, John 15:20

·              His disciples, and indeed all who believe in Him, are the branches. For them to bear fruit they must remain in Him, John 15:7-8

·              Because He comes from the Father He has all His qualities, Gal. 5:22-23


4.     To bear fruit you must allow these attributes to reflect in your conduct. So when people see you they will say this man or woman is truly a christian.


Remember the advice of Paul to the people of Corinth


 “Be ye followers of me even as I also am of Christ”, I Cor. 11:1, I Cor. 4:16

·              And if you are a true follower of Christ, you will walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh Gal. 5;16

·              Believers who bear fruit are

a.     The salt of the earth

b.     They are the light of the world.

They avoid darkness

c.      They allow their light to shine such that their activities bring joy to the lives of others, Matt. 5:13-16. They are a source of blessing ot others.

d.     Such believers do not curse. Rather they repay evil with good, Rom. 12:14-21


5.        The responsibilities of fruit bearing christian include

i.          Interceding for others

ii.         Giving, Lk. 6:38

iii.        Witnessing, Acts 1:8


6.        Christians who bear fruit will attract enemies but God will protect them. Even if they suffer in this world they will inherit eternal life, John 16:33




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