Monday, December 21, 2015

Day Three - The Proof is in the Fruit

"Every branch of mine that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit."
John 15:2

Over the last two days we have seen that Jesus Christ lives in absolute, happy, and willing submission to God the Father, and that the Father’s will for the Son is that he be the one true vine: the one true source of nourishment, growth, passion, power, fruitfulness, purpose, and joy in life. In John 15:2 we learn that the proof of whether or not we are in the true vine is whether or not we bear the fruit of the vine. In other words, discerning our actual relationship to Jesus is not a mystery because the proof is in the fruit.

In the original language of the Bible, the phrase “every branch of mine” literally reads “every branch in me.” Therefore, the picture is not so much that the branch belongs to Jesus but that it is intimately and irreversibly united with Jesus. And any branch that is connected with the vine in this manner, and ever drawing life from the vine, will bear fruit. It would in fact be impossible for it not to bear fruit. 

It is as Jesus said in Matthew 7:16-18: “You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit.” 

Please take the time to let this truth sink into your heart: the one who is rightly connected to the vine, will bear the fruit of the vine. Indeed, the proof of our actual relationship to Christ is in the fruit. 

Prayer Focus: Pray for eyes to see if the fruit of the vine is being borne in your life, or not. Both are a grace: the one for rejoicing and the other for repentance. Jesus Christ came “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14), and if we are to experience his grace we must know the truth. May the Lord give us eyes to see and hearts to bow before his great and life-giving name. May the Lord do whatever it takes to ensure that we are intimately and rightly connected to the true vine of life. 

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