John Lesson 20 Day 3

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John Lesson 20 Day 3

Bearing fruit

John 15:5-8

“He who brings forth fruit to God’s glory, according to his light and power, will have the hindrances taken away from his heart; for his very thoughts shall be cleansed by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost.”  (Adam Clarke)

6. “Separated, you can’t produce a thing.” (MSG)

“Jesus said, “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing.” (MSG)

“All our sap and safety is from Christ. The bud of a good desire, the blossom of a good resolution, and the fruit of a good action, all come from him.” (Trapp)

Believers are branches. Branches are connected to the Vine. “This union is formed by believing in Him.” (Barnes)

Jesus said loving God with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength comes first. Abiding in him — the Vine — “demands intimacy that cannot be achieved without time spent alone with the Lord.” (Andrew Wommack)

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1 ESV

7. Where’s the fruit?

It is impossible for a detached branch to bear grapes.

Although some people dedicate themselves to serve others, if they do not believe in Jesus, the Son of God, then the fruit they bear cannot be for the kingdom of God.

Psalm 14:2-3 ” The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.

They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.

Ecclesiastes 7:20 “Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.”

Titus 3:5 “he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,” ESV (Emphsis added)

8. Am I bearing good fruit?

When Jesus taught His disciples about the vine and branches, only Jesus knew Judas would not be back. Judas left the Vine by his own choosing.

The other disciples remained loyal to Jesus even though they had doubts and questions. However, Jesus knew their hearts.

It’s easy to read too much judgment and condemnation into this teaching, I think.

We learn about patience and love when we realize Jesus still loves us and forgives us every single time we doubt, question, or betray Him.

I beat myself up. He doesn’t.

Jesus says, “But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:32)

Galatians 5:22-24

“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.

Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.” (MSG) (Emphasis added)

John 4:36

The harvester is collecting his pay, harvesting fruit ripe for eternal life. So even now, he and the sower are celebrating their fortune. (The Voice)

John 12:24

“Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over.” (MSG)

Romans 1:13

“If, my brothers and sisters, you did not already know, my plans were set to meet you in Rome, but time and circumstances have forced every trip to be canceled until now. I have deeply desired to see some good fruit among you just as I have seen with so many non-Jewish believers.” (The Voice) (Emphasis added)

Romans 6:22

“But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.” ESV (emphasis added)

Colossians 1:10

“so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; (emphasis added)

James 5:7

“So wait patiently, brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits [expectantly] for the precious harvest from the land, being patient about it, until it receives the early and late rains.” (AMP) emphasis added

9. “Ask whatever you wish, it will be done for you.”

The first part of the sentence is, “IF you abide in me, and My words abide in you, THEN . . .”

“Prayer comes spontaneously from those who abide in Jesus… Prayer is the natural out-gushing of a soul in communion with Jesus.” (Spurgeon)

“Abiding in Jesus means abiding in His words, and having His words live in the disciple. “We should not overlook the importance of the reference to ‘my words’. The teaching of Christ is important and is not lightly to be passed over in the interests of promoting religious feeling.” (Morris)

For the one who is abiding in the vine, it is safe for God to say “ask whatever you wish” because he or she has lost focus on earthly pleasures and instead longs for God’s kingdom to come and His will to be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

My answers to BSF study questions on John Lesson 20 Day 3  ~ John 15:5-8