“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.
From the above passage, it is clear that branches which do and do not bear fruit are both grafted onto the True Vine. God, being the Vinedresser, will prune those that bear fruit to bear even more fruit while cutting away those that do not. This clearly illustrates that there are false and true believers staying together in Christendom and it will be futile for those that do not bear fruit to insist and claim to be in Christ to their own peril.
It is also clear from the above passage that every true believer in Christ will bear fruit as evidence of truly abiding in Him and so prove to be His disciple.
What is the fruit that a true believer will bear ?
Search the Bible for the word “fruit” and these defining verses will come up.
- Gal 5:22. The fruit of the Spirit.
- Heb 13:15. The fruit of our lips that bless His Holy Name.
- Col 1:10. Fruit in every good work.
- John 4:35-38. Gathering fruit (souls) for eternal life.
The question to ponder seriously is how to be the branch that bear fruit and do not end up as one that does not !
Abide in Christ and obey His Word ! John 15:4,7. John 14:23-24
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me... If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.