BEARING HIS FRUIT

[SW420] 02/29/2020 message notes by

Pastor Susan J. Wynn

“Bearing His Fruit”

Text: John 15:1-11

The next essential, absolutely necessary truth that Jesus Christ has asked me to show you has two parts —

# 1 — When you carry out His commandments to stay and wait (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4-5) to be filled with the Holy Spirit, He will make you a bearer of His fruit. 

# 2But if you do not carry out His commandments, you cannot bear His fruit. So the Father will remove you, detaching you from Jesus Christ, and you will dry up. Then you will be destroyed, at the end of things.

Beloved, He does not desire that any should perish, but that all come to repentance (2Peter 3:9). So He calls you to repent, while it is still today.

After I was saved, I was ignorant of Jesus Christ’s commandments to be filled with the Holy Spirit. So I did not in any way bear Jesus Christ’s fruit. It is the same for many of today’s believers.

But what is His fruit that all believers must bear? He has asked me to show it to you, and to exhort you to repent and carry out His commandments to be filled with the Holy Spirit, so you bear His fruit. The lovingkindness of God is repentance, beloved (see Romans 2:4)!

In this passage, Jesus Christ and the Eleven had left the upper room and were  traveling through the Kidron Valley, toward the Mount of Olives. I believe that as they passed the temple, they looked up at the emblem of the great golden grapevine, the national emblem of Israel, on the front of the temple. (Source: Expositor’s Bible Commentary.) 

That is why Jesus says what He says in the first verse.

Verse 1 —

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.”

As they looked at the emblem of the great golden grapevine, Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.” 

He is the true Vine, the true Source of His fruit. Therefore, there are false vines — the outwardly religious whose hearts are darkened with sin. It is the same today as when Jesus Christ walked on the earth.

Jesus is the true Vine. Branches are attached to grapevines. The Father is the Vinedresser who tends the branches. How does He tend them? Jesus tells us, in Verse 2.

Verses 2-3 — 

“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away (removes); and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.” 

Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away (removes); and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.”

Not all the branches who are attached to Jesus bear His fruit. As I have said, I did not bear His fruit after I was saved. I did not bear His fruit until I was filled with His Holy Spirit.

So the Father — the One who tends the vine — removes the branches that do not bear fruit. So, it is possible to be a branch attached to Jesus Christ that does not bear fruit. The Father removes such ones, detaching them from Jesus Christ.

Then He prunes (trims) the fruit-bearing branches. Therefore, those fruit-bearing branches produce fruit even more abundantly.

 

3 “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.” 

Again, He speaks of what the Eleven are not yet, but will be when they carry out His commandments to stay and wait to be filled with His Spirit. It is then that their hearts will be completely made clean (Acts 15:9), and it is then that they will bear His fruit. It is the same for you.

Beloved, after you are filled with the Spirit and are bearing His fruit, the Father will continue to prune you so that you even more abundantly bear His fruit. He who has begun a good work in you will continue to perfect it until Jesus returns, taking you from one degree of Christlikeness to the next and the next and the next (see Philippians 1:6, 2Corinthians 3:18)!

Verse 4 —

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.” 

What does He mean by His command to abide in Him, and Him in you? It is exactly as He has already said — the Holy Spirit will be inside of you, forever (John 14:17), and He and Father will also be inside of you, permanently and fully indwelling you (John 14:23). 

You cannot bear His fruit out of your own efforts. You cannot bear His fruit until you carry out His commandments and are filled with the Spirit. 

What is His fruit? The fruit of the Spirit, as Paul tells us from Galatians 5:22-23 —

God’s love, the same love the Father has for the Son

— God’s joy, His exceeding gladness

— God’s peace, His quietness and rest

— God’s patience, His patient persistence

— God’s kindness, His moral excellence

— God’s goodness, His perfect goodness 

— God’s faith

— God’s humbleness (that is, He is not self-seeking, self-centered or selfish)

— God’s self-control, because your sin nature has been crucified (Galatians 5:24)

Beloved, His fruit is divine fruit — not human fruit. You cannot bear His divine fruit until the Father, the Son and the Spirit fully indwell you. Then you walk as Jesus walked and are as He is in the world (1 John 2:6, 1John 4:17), bearing the fruit of His Holy Spirit.

Sin is not a fruit of the Holy Spirit, beloved. But sin is the fruit you bear if you have disobeyed His commandments, because your sin nature is still alive and well. Therefore, you bear its fruit, not His, and will not inherit the kingdom of God (see Galatians 5:19-21). And as Jesus has said, the Father will detach you from Him.

Verses 5-6 —

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much (abundant) fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing (nothing at all). 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.” 

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much (abundant) fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing (nothing at all).”

Jesus clearly tells them that He is the vine, and the Eleven are the branches. It is the same for you, beloved. Believers are His branches. If you are in Him and He is in you, then you will bear His fruit abundantly!

But if you are not in Him and He is not in you, you cannot bear any of His fruit at all. Beloved, all of the natural good works that you may be doing are not His fruit, for they are things any kindhearted human being would do. And you sin by disobeying His commandments to stay and wait.

You are only able to bear His fruit if you are in Him and He is in you — that is, He and the Father and the Spirit fully indwell you, so His divine nature is in you and you are one with Him, united in purpose, operating together with Him. If that is true of you, Jesus says you will bear His fruit abundantly!

6 “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.” 

Jesus clearly says that those who do not bear His fruit are thrown away as a branch, and dry up. Then they are gathered and cast into the fire and burned. 

He speaks of anyone who does not abide in Him! Such ones were branches who were attached to Him. They were saved. But they do not bear His fruit. So, they will be cut off, and will dry up. Then they will be gathered up, and eternally destroyed. Jesus describes the gathering and burning, in Matthew 13:39-40, 49. 

As I have said, if you are saved but still sinning against Him, it is impossible for  you to bear His fruit. So, Jesus uses this graphic description to exhort you to repent, and warns you of the consequences of your sin — the Father will detach you from Him!

Verses 7-8 —

“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.”

“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

When you bear much fruit because you are filled with Him and the Father and the Spirit, then ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you, just as He said earlier —

John 14:13 “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do . . . 14 If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”

Remember, to ask in His name is to ask according to His divine character and nature. And those who are filled with Him, have His divine character and nature. You are united with Him in purpose, and operate together with Him. So when you ask what you wish, you ask what He wishes. And it will be done for you.

8 “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.”

Why will the Father be glorified when you bear His fruit? Because He is the only One who can make you like His Son, giving you His divine character and nature! He is the only One who can unite you with Him in purpose, so you operate together with Him! 

Bearing His fruit will make it obvious that you are His disciple and that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true — you are the living proof, for there is no other way that you could bear His fruit! 

And those with eyes to see and ears to hear will exclaim, “This one works the works of God! This one walks as Jesus walked and is as Jesus is in this world! The gospel of Jesus Christ must be true!” And they will glorify the Father, giving Him honor and praise for sending His Son!

Verses 9-11 — 

“Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 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. 11 These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.”

“Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.”

Jesus loves the Eleven just as the Father loves Him — with God’s divine love! So He commands them to abide in His love. Because of His words in the next verse, I believe the “abide” in this verse means to tarry for/wait for His love. Stay and wait for His love to fill you, beloved!

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.”

If you carry out His commandments to stay and wait, you will surely abide in His love. Why? Because the Father’s love — His divine love — will abide in you. Jesus says it is the same way with Him and the Father —  Jesus Christ is God the Son, and loves with God’s divine love. He carries out the Father’s commandments, and is loved by the Father, with the Father’s divine love.

Again, when you are filled with His Holy Spirit, your rebellious sin nature is crucified and the Holy Spirit fills you to overflowing with God’s divine love (Romans 5:5). So you obey the Father, just as Jesus Christ does, and you are loved by the Father.

11 “These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.”

He has spoken these things to you, beloved, so that His joy will indwell you permanently and fully, just as He indwells you permanently and fully. Therefore, your joy will be made full, made complete, made perfect, for you are filled with His divine joy!

Beloved, do you bear His divine fruit? Or do you bear the fruit of the sin nature, like I did, before I even knew it was His commandment that I be filled with His Spirit? 

Now you know — so do what I did! Repent and carry out His commandments to stay and wait! He will surely make you a bearer of His fruit, just as He did me!

The consequence of your refusal of Jesus Christ’s words is clearly spoken by Him. You will perish. Again, He does not desire that any perish, but that all repent (2Peter 3:9). So repent!

Lord Jesus, may sinning believers see this truth, obey Your commandments to stay and wait, so they become abundant bearers of Your fruit. Let it be so, I pray. Amen.