As Christians, we’ve often wondered, God, why me? And later we find out more about His purpose for us. And we see that it is all His doing. “You did not choose Me, but I chose you…” Why? For what purpose? “…and have appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you” (John 15:16).
In the grand order of things, He has ordained us to bear fruit. That is our reason-to-be as God’s people. It is important to Christ, for He speaks of “fruit” in thirty seven verses in the gospels. Bearing spiritual fruit is why we are here on earth.
Full fruit bearing happens from a mature plant. As His plants, we must mature or reach “perfection,” in the fruit bearing sense of the word. We are destined by God to grow up through a spiritual life cycle. And when we reach spiritual maturity, God will visit us, expecting to find fruit.
What kind of fruit will He expect to see us bearing? “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance…” (Gal. 5:22-23). The Spirit enters into our hearts through belief in His resurrection, and we begin to grow, bearing at first thirty fold, which is the amount of fruit that a child of God can bear. And we continue to grow and bear more fruit (sixty fold). And then at final maturity, we bear one hundred fold fruit like the prophets and apostles did (Matt. 13:18-23; John 15:2-5).
The Abiding Brings “Much Fruit”
Who is it that will fully mature in Christ? Who will bring forth “much fruit”? Christ said, “He that abides in Me and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit” (15:5).
But how do we reach this state of “abiding in Him”? “Abide” is translated “remain or stay” in other passages. When we have Christ’s mind and think His thoughts and stay in them, then we are abiding in Him. But His thoughts do not cohabit with error-filled thoughts about Him. Before we can add more of His divine nature, we must purge out the errors. If we do not do this, then He will. “Every branch that bears fruit, He purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit,” Christ said (15:2). He will refine our faith in Him and purify it through trials.
How do we abide in Him and He in us? The apostle Peter, who knew Christ well, tells us that if we add seven attributes of Christ’s divine nature to faith, then we will abide in Him and be spiritually fruitful. The seven additions will “make you that you shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge…” of Christ and His purpose and plan. You will be fruitful, bearing much fruit.
These seven additions are parts of the Godhead and have transformative power to bring us to full maturity and spiritual fruit bearing, just like the early apostles. You will know God, for His mature heart will be your heart. For the Spirit of Truth, which is God Himself, will “abide with you forever” (John 14:16). How will we know? The Spirit of Truth will abide with us and shall be in us (v. 17).
But we first are to add them to His faith, His belief system. He has commanded us, “Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me…” (John 14: 11). Christ said that it was the Father in Him that was doing everything. He also said, “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30). His faith that we now live by is us believing what He believes about Himself: The invisible Father, the Spirit, lived in the Son. They are One.
Isaiah wrote down the following often quoted prophecy concerning the Son of God. “…Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given…and his name shall be called…The everlasting Father…” You will call Him “The everlasting Father” (Isa. 9:6). That is straight from the Spirit of truth. These seven additions must be added to a Oneness belief system, not the one found in most denominations.
Christ, Yahweh in human form, makes a great promise to those who get this straightened out in their minds and hearts. “He that believes on Me, the works I do shall he do also” (Jn. 14:12). Believes on Him how? Believe that the Father is in Him. Christ pleads with us and gives us a new commandment, “Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me” (14:11).
That is astounding, but the promises become even greater. “And whatsoever you shall ask in my name, that will I do that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (14:13). The meaning of Christ’s Hebrew name “Yahshua” confirms the Oneness concept of the Godhead discussed above [More on this next time]. Kenneth Wayne Hancock