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Reflection on John 15: Bearing Fruit

posted Jan 23, 2015, 10:27 AM by solomon yang

In this familiar passage there’s an obvious emphasis on bearing fruit. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit” (15:5). Jesus is very much interested in the outcome of His disciples’ life and ministry. He cares about the fruit we bear.


Jesus certainly had in mind the fruit of the Spirit. By abiding in Christ, our character changes. But bearing fruit also refers to God’s word producing result external to us (15:7). As we grow in grace and change ourselves, Jesus wants to see changed lives around us as we love and serve people He has placed in our lives.


But we do not bear fruit on our own. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. Fruit bearing takes place through ongoing abiding in Jesus. This takes place particularly as we abide in His words. “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you...” (15:7). Before we seek to use the Bible for others, we must use it for ourselves. Before we can extend grace to others, we must experience it first ourselves. Unless we behold the glory of God in the face of Christ on regular basis, we won’t be abiding in Jesus and we won’t be bearing much fruit.


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