Monday, May 8, 2017

What is the fruit we are to bear?

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. John 15:2

The Greek word used for “fruit” is “karpos” and it refers to the fruit of vines or trees. In the Old Testament fruit can refer children which are born in the family. In the case of bearing fruit for the Christian, it specifically means to be producing something similar to what the attributes of the tree or plant is. For example, a vine can produce grapes and the fruit that is born is of similar nature and quality of the plant from which it comes. Here in John 15 it is clear that the Lord Jesus expects those that follow Him to bear fruit and here in this chapter it is referring to our lives bringing glory to the Lord Jesus and to the Father.

But as we read through the New Testament we learn of many types fruit that we are expected to produce. The Holy Spirit seeks to produce within each of us the Christ like character of “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” In Romans 6:21-22 Paul asks “What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.” Here we learn a holy conduct that ought to be displayed in our lives which Peter also mentions (1 Peter 1:13-16).

Paul mentions another kind of fruit in Romans 15:26-28 and Philippians 4:15-18, this is the fruit of giving and meeting the needs of others. We read of the fruit of our lips in Hebrews 13:15, we would be the fruit of praise and worship! Paul also looked at seeing lost souls coming to Christ as fruit (Colossians 1:5-6, Romans 1:13, 1 Corinthians 16:15).

The Vinedresser desires fruit from all lives. This fruit comes in many different ways. It should be our desire to glorify Him in area of our lives that we may bear fruit, more fruit, and much fruit. What is truly done for His glory is the fruit that remains! 

Tim Hadley Sr.

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