ABIDING WITH FRUIT - Part 4 of 5

John 15:2
“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”

How does one tell the difference between a vegetable and a fruit? Fruit is any plant of the earth which bears the reproductive seed within it’s edible part. It is by this definition that we understand that tomato’s, squash, zucchini, etc are fruit and not vegetables. Fruit bears the life sustaining, reproduction, grove growing properties of the plant.

In Mark 16:15, Y’shua said to go into the world preaching; and James talks about converting men towards Christ (James 5:20). We, as those branches abiding in the vine of Christ, are to produce Kingdom building, reproductive fruit. We are to be witnessing of Christ and sowing seeds for the Kingdom of God.

To Be Continued...
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ABIDING WITH FRUIT - Part 3 of 5

John 15:5
“ I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing”

John 15:2
“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”

As we looked at in part 1 of this study, there are three important things to consider in this parable of “Abiding in the Vine”: the parable is talking about those who are joined to the vine but tells of two ways to be removed from the vine. In part 1 and 2 of this study, we saw that if we do not diligently seek after Christ, we will be cast out into the fire. We also see that those who do not produce fruit are cut away. But, what is this fruit?

Some may look at Gal 5 for the answer to the “fruit” question; yet these are characteristics of the fruit of the Spirit which one will take on when they follow the Spirit. When we look at the parable of “The Sower”, we see numbers associated with the fruit (Matt 13:23). These numbers are “some hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty”. Seeing this, we understand it’s not the few listed characteristics of the fruits of the Spirit in Gal 5, but rather something else.

To Be Continued...
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