(Continued from part 1: What Little He Has Shall Be Taken Away)

Fruitfulness is very important to God.  To make that point, Jesus cursed a fig tree for being unfruitful:

‘Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.  And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.’  (Matthew 21:18-19)

He told us we would know people by their fruits.  And He told us how to be fruitful:

‘Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; NO MORE CAN YE, EXCEPT YE ABIDE IN ME.  I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: HE THAT ABIDETH IN ME, AND I IN HIM, the same BRINGETH FORTH MUCH FRUIT: for without me ye can do nothing.

If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast [them] into the fire, and they are burned.

IF YE ABIDE IN ME, AND MY WORDS ABIDE IN YOU, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.  Herein is my Father glorified, that ye BEAR MUCH FRUIT; SO SHALL YE BE MY DISCIPLES.

As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. IF YE KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS, YE SHALL ABIDE IN MY LOVE; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love . . . Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, THAT YE SHOULD GO AND BRING FORTH FRUIT, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.’  (John 15:4-10, 16)

Our purpose is to bear fruit for God.  It’s all tied together:

  • Obedience to His commandments = abiding in Christ.
  • When we abide in Him (obey His commandments), we bear much fruit.
  • When we abide in Him (obey His commandments), we can ask what we will and it shall be done.

 

  • If we DON’T obey His commandments, we are NOT abiding in Him.
  • If we do not abide in Him (obey His commandments), we CANNOT ask what we will and have it be done.
  • If we do not abide in Him (obey His commandments), we CANNOT bear fruit, because we cannot bear fruit on our own apart from Him.
  • If we do not abide in Him (obey His commandments and bear fruit), we are in danger of judgement.

 

‘He spake also this parable; A certain [man] had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?  And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung [it]:  And if it bear fruit, [well]: and if not, [then] after that thou shalt cut it down.’  (Luke 13:6-9)

(God the Father is the owner of the vineyard, Jesus is the dresser of the vineyard, we are the trees.)

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.’  (John 15:2)

(God the Father is the husbandman of the vineyard, Jesus is the true vine, we are the branches.)

‘Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither [can] a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.’  (Matthew 7:16-23)

Abide in Him, obey His commands.  Allow Him to work through you, using your talents and abilities.  Use the measure of faith He has given you, however much or how little that may be.  Together, you will bear MUCH fruit.

‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.’  (Galatians 5:22-24)

‘For the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness and righteousness and truth😉  Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.’  (Ephesians 5:9-10)

‘Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.’  (Hebrews 12:11)

‘By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of [our] lips giving thanks to his name.’  (Hebrews 13:15)

‘That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;’  (Colossians 1:10)

‘And beside this, giving all diligence,

add to your faith virtue;

and to virtue knowledge;

And to knowledge temperance;

and to temperance patience;

and to patience godliness;

And to godliness brotherly kindness;

and to brotherly kindness charity.

For if these things be in you, and abound, they make [you that ye shall] neither [be] barren

nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.‘  (2 Peter 1:5-8)

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