We Bear Fruit by Abiding in Christ

English: Wine grapes. Español: Uvas de vino ro...

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. – [Jhn 15:5 NASB]

I’ve noticed that a lot of visitors arrive at my blog with searches pertaining to bearing fruit. Although, I have already written a blog post about bearing fruit “What Does it Mean For a Christian to Bear Fruit?”, I want to revisit this very important subject. Hopefully, I have experienced Christ to a greater extent, so that this post will flow with more of Him than the previous post.

In the above verse, we see that if we are to bear fruit, we must abide in Christ.

Yesterday, I read a good blog post on abiding in Christ by a dear brother in Christ. You can read Daniel Norlin’s blog post called “Abiding” at By His Feet. You should go read it. It has a great quote from Andrew Murray and its a quick read. Here is a quote from his post:

“…All the work is the Lord’s. All is done by the might of the Spirit (and we get to be vessels for Him and His power). Even remaining in Christ, remaining in Love.” – Daniel Norlin

Have you ever wondered what a tree must do to bear fruit? Does a tree have to find food? Does a tree have to go find water? Does it strive to reach the soil. What a silly idea! We are not even the tree. We are branches on the tree.

We are branches on the Vine Tree, the Tree of Life, the risen and living Christ.

In my previous post on bearing fruit, we saw that the fruit that we are to bear is the fruit of the Spirit.

So, now we see that we bear the fruit of the Spirit by abiding in Christ by the Spirit. We have the Spirit of Jesus Christ within us. We are deeply and intimately connected to our Life Source. Christ’s Life is in our Spirit and we just turn to our Spirit that the Life may spread and saturate us.

Let me get one thing out of our way that may cause us to stumble. Objectively, we are always abiding in Christ. But, I don’t think that is what Jesus was referring to. We may not always be abiding in Christ in our subjective experience.

If we are not living and walking by the Spirit, we are not abiding in Christ, and we cannot bear the fruit of the Spirit.

We must always be turned to our Spirit, seeking the will of our Father. There is no method. Even turning to the Spirit is nothing of ourselves, but it is Christ within us.

If we are to abide in Christ, we must rely on the Spirit every moment. Turn to the Lord in your Spirit and speak words of love to Him. Listen for His voice. Talk to Him about everything you do. Just sit quietly and enjoy Him. Share Him with your brothers and sisters in Christ. There are no rules to abiding in Christ and bearing fruit, but whatever the Spirit is prompting you right now.

Let God do all for you, in you, and through you.

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. – [Gal 2:20 NASB]

The Spirit as the River of Life, is the flowing Life of God. Open yourself up to Him and drink in the Living Water. Christ as the Tree of Life is the growing Life of God. Open yourself up to Him and eat of Him. You will find that the River of Life and the Tree of Life are inseparable and you cannot experience one without the other, for they flow and grow together, spreading the eternal Life of God.

So by turning to our Spirit, the Life of God flows and grows in us and through us, saturating us and spreading to everyone that we contact. This Life, which is just Christ Himself, brings forth the fruit of the Spirit from within our innermost being.

but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. – [2Cr 3:16-18 NASB]

Posted on February 27, 2012, in Exhortation, Teaching, Thoughts and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Great post! And perhaps the Lord had reason I hadn’t got to sleep a little while ago. (It’s late here in the UK.)

    I have just resumed a study on fruit so this is well timed – thank you! I am currently on a slight diversion from fruit on to whether the word of God acts as a breaking up of the ground or a weed removal as well as the seed that bears fruit – I’d be interested in your views on this (Preparation of the Soil) if you are so inclined.

    But your post inspires me – what of the disciplines of discipleship? Surely such actions as feeding on the word, fellowshipping and other such forms of devotion are important to the “abiding”? Yet I fully agree that every ounce of glory must go to the Lord, for it “is He who works in us both to will and to do the will of God”.

  2. Thanks for your encouraging words and sharing your blog post. I’m not sure what your views of discipleship are, but it can be a loaded word :). My favorite book on discipleship is The School of Christ by T. Austin-Sparks. You will find that it is probably not the traditional view of discipleship. In my view, discipleship is learning to live the Life of Christ through the Spirit within ourselves and others.

    Scripture, fellowship, and devotion can be things that lead us to Life or to death. For example, if we read Scripture without touching the Author it is something of death. We can see this in the Pharisees.

    I think that if we are intimately connected with our Lord all day everyday, He will bear fruit through us. He will lead us to Scripture, fellowship, and devotion. But, it must always be Him and never us. Our natural selves must be left at the cross, so that we can put on the new Self, Christ Himself.

    I hope I explained this well. If not, let me know. It is difficult to put the spiritual realities of Christ into plain words. That is why we have such colorful pictures of Him in the Old Testament.

    By the way thanks for the invite to comment on your site. I am going to think about the topic for a little bit and then share my thoughts there.

  3. A great passage that really blessed my study of bearing fruit is John 15:1-17. Much more to this than meet the eye–staying connected to Christ changes us on a daily basis. The Pharisees were so close to Jesus they could touch Him, but they really never did. God help us to abide in Christ and walk in the Spirit.

  4. Thank you for the word of wisdom i really learnt that the fruit we have to bear is the fruit of the spiring and also appreciate the teaching of abiding in God that it also refer to living in him and for him

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