John 15:8: “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”
What fruits must we bear so that Christ will call us His disciples?
We must be filled with fruits of righteousness!
“Being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:11)
If we claim to be a disciple and have the Spirit of God dwelling in us what are those fruits of the spirit that we should be bearing?
- “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,” (Galatians 5:22)
- “(for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth)” (Ephesians 5:9)
Loving others as Christ loved us is one of the hardest fruits for humans to bear!
- “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)
- “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” (Ephesians 5:1-2)
If we bear fruit our prayers will be answered!
- “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” (John 15:16)
The opposite of bearing the fruits of God’s Spirit are the works of the flesh, and these works are evident to God and to others! What does God say will happen to those who manifest the works of the flesh instead of the fruits of the Spirit?
- “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:19-20)
- “But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.” (Ephesians 5:3-4)
- “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” (Matthew 7:19) In other words, we will not make it!
By our fruits God and others will know whether we are truly Disciples of Jesus Christ or just professing Christians!
- “Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” (Matthew 7:20)
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