Fruit is the evidence of genuine conversion. Without fruit, there is no authentic faith. And without faith, there will never be lasting, abounding fruit. James said, “…show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works” (James 2:18). Obviously, we are not saved by our works, but in being saved, we will produce and have works. As Martin Luther said, “Faith alone saves, but faith that saves is never alone.”
Fruit is the natural occurrence of abiding in the vine. A vine detached, indifferent, and at variance with the Vine is lifeless, cold, fruitless, and cast into the fire. This is not the picture of the victorious, abundant and abounding Christian life. The abounding life is contingent upon the abiding life. It is only when we abide will we abound.
Abounding is what Jesus had in mind in John 15:5, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” And again in John 15:11, “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” Bearing much fruit, being full, and having joy are the direct results of abiding in Christ. Again, if you want to abound, you’ll have to learn to abide.
Daily Reading: Matthew 26
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