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More Fruit for the Journey (26 of 33)
Series: Behold the Lamb
Ernest L. Easley
We are again in John chapter 15 this morning thinking about bearing fruit! Every Christian every Saint every true church member bears fruit! And of course the kind of fruit Jesus is talking about is found in Galatians 5.22-23, ''But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self- control. Against such there is no law.''
That is what a fruit-bearing Christian looks like and lives like! Now you cannot bear fruit as long as you are living separated from the vine and of course the vine is Jesus! John 15.1, ''I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.''
He goes on to say in John 15.5, ''I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.'' And to ''abide'' speaks of our communion with God our connection with God! This word describes the intersection where the vine and branch come together! And Jesus says that there is no love apart from abiding in Him! There is no joy apart from abiding in Him! There is no peace apart from abiding in Him! There is no longsuffering apart from abiding in Him! There is no kindness apart from abiding in Him! There is no goodness apart from abiding in Him! There is no faithfulness apart from abiding in Him! There is no gentleness apart from abiding in Him! There is no self-control apart from abiding in Him! And the secret to abiding is obedience! John 15.10, ''If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.'' And this kind of obedience is motivated by love! John 14.23, ''If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word''
Now keep in mind that Jesus is within hours of being crucified and the disciples being thrown into a state of confusion! And knowing this Jesus explains to them what is available to them as long as the ...
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