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Where Is The Fruit?

Posted by: admin on Mon, Feb 16, 2009

by sister Connie Giordano - All Rights Reserved

 
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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 21:19
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I am the true vine, and My Father is the husbandman.
 
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.
 
Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.  
 
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. 
 
John 15:1-8
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Where Is The Fruit? 
 

 
"It is the honor of the husbandman to have good, strong, vigorous vines, plentifully laden with fruit: so it is the honor of God to have strong, vigorous, holy children, entirely freed from sin, and perfectly filled with His love." - Adam Clarke
"The only fruit that turns to a good account is that which is brought forth in Christ." - Matthew Henry
"Union with Christ results in fruit-bearing..." - Pulpit Commentary - New Testament
"Not to have good fruit is to have evil...He that brings forth no fruit, and he that brings forth bad fruit, are both only fit for the fire." - Adam Clarke
 
Matthew 21:19 says - "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 21:41
says - "They say unto Him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out His vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render Him the fruits in their seasons."
Matthew 21:43
says - "Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof." 
 

From the above three Scriptures, what information can you gather about the character of God?  

First of all, God is always looking for and expecting "fruit" from His "fig trees" - His people. He doesn't have much tolerance for fruitlessness in their lives. He will easily look to another when He finds that one "fig tree" is not producing as expected. He calls all those who fail to produce "fruit" - "wicked men." He shows no respect of persons in his judgment. Whoever does not bring forth "fruit" is destroyed. 
 
One thing is for certain - God wants to see "fruit" in His children's lives.
 
He is looking for the "fruit" of worship - "And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strewed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest" (Matthew 21:8-9).
 
He is looking for the "fruit" of holiness - "And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of them that sold doves"
(Matthew 21:12).
 
He is looking for the "fruit" of relationship -
"And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves" (Matthew 21:13).
 
He is looking for the "fruit" of faith - "Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive" (Matthew 21:21-22). 
 
 
He is looking for the "fruit" of power - "And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple; and He healed them"  (Matthew 21:14).

God is walking in the midst of His church asking the question - "Where Is The Fruit?" 

So many are claiming to have a relationship with Jesus Christ, yet they are producing "no fruit." Simply spoken - they are liars!
 
It is impossible to be connected to the "Vine" and not
"bring forth much fruit."
 
In Matthew 7:20, we read - "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." The "fruit" in a person's life is the result of his inner nature. The outward life is the evidence of the inner. 
 
You cannot be more loyal to personalities than to the Word of God...be more concerned with your own desires than God's honor and glory...or follow a doctrine that is man-centered rather than God-centered and be "fruitful" - bringing great glory to God's Holy Name. 

Where is the fruit?  

God's not impressed with your profession of faith in His Son Jesus. He is only interested in seeing the evidence of His Son in your life - a life that reflects that it is under His Lordship and under the control of Holy Spirit. 

Is yours? 

Show us your fruit. 
 
He is looking for the "fruit" of authority - "And when He was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto Him as He was teaching, and said, By what authority doest Thou these things? And who gave Thee this authority?"  (Matthew 21:23).
 
He is looking for the "fruit" of obedience - "But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work today in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not; but afterward he repented, and went. And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir; and went not" (Matthew 21:28-30).
 
And He is looking for the "fruit" of humility and brokenness - "And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken..."  (Matthew 21:44).
 
There is no greater place in the Bible where we see God's feelings toward fruitfulness than in John 15:1,2,4-5, and 8 which says -
 
"I am the true vine, and My Father is the husbandman. 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...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...Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be My disciples." 
 
Here we see especially that the saint's fruitfulness is contingent on his relationship to the Lord Jesus - the "Vine." As long as he maintains a close union with Christ and lives by the grace which he continually receives from Him, he is guaranteed to "bring forth much fruit." That fruit can be typified by - performing the will of God...walking in personal holiness...maintaining an active usefulness...and portraying a deadness to the world and a power over sin.
 
Depending on how close he maintains his walk with the Lord, the believer is distinguished as being one who "beareth fruit" or "beareth not fruit." Depending on the work of the "husbandman," he is either one who is "purged" and "brings forth more fruit" or one who is severed from the Vine - becoming fruitless and, resultantly, "taken away."
 
If he "bears fruit," he is cleansed, purified, and freed from all which hinders or opposes his usefulness - that is, sin. He is among those who show by their lives that they are under the influence of Christ and live so as to be useful to others. Others are made happy by his example and labors.
 
On the other hand, the believer who "bears no fruit" shows by his life that he is motivated by the "flesh" and under the influence of the world and Satan. And the Scripture clearly states that all who live after the "flesh" die (Romans 8:13). As a withered branch in the Vine, he is "taken away" and burned in the fire.
 
How does the Father feel about seeing His children "bear much fruit"? John 15:8 says that He is "glorified" - honored and satisfied. The Presence of Jesus in the soul of the Christian makes it to grow and manifest the fruit of that Presence. That fruit - in turn - gladdens the Father's heart and is as a sweet-smelling savor.
 
Depending on the connection, any individual can "bring forth fruit." Romans 7:5 describes an unregenerate man who "brings forth fruit unto death." He produces crime, agitation, conflict, and distress. Romans 6:22 - on the other hand - describes the regenerate man who is "free from sin" and brings forth "fruit unto holiness." This is the "fruit of the Spirit" (Galatians 5:22) which the Holy Spirit produces as a result of His operation on the soul. It is exemplified in "goodness," "righteousness," and "truth"
(Ephesians 5:9).
 
Once again, we quote our opening quotes -
 
"It is the honor of the husbandman to have good, strong, vigorous vines, plentifully laden with fruit: so it is the honor of God to have strong, vigorous, holy children, entirely freed from sin, and perfectly filled with His love." 
"The only fruit that turns to a good account is that which is brought forth in Christ." 
"Union with Christ results in fruit-bearing..." 
"Not to have good fruit is to have evil...He that brings forth no fruit, and he that brings forth bad fruit, are both only fit for the fire." 
 
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May God Bless His Word,
 

Connie
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