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November 3, 2016



Ability, Of The Christian


John 15:5


“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.





Jesus continued to stress the importance of believers abiding in Him to bear much fruit. The negative alternative illustrates the positive truth. No contact with the vine results in no fruit. Jesus had spoken of no fruit, some fruit, more fruit, and now He spoke of “much fruit”


Obviously it is impossible for a branch to bear any fruit if it has no contact with the life-giving vine. Many unbelievers appear to bear the fruit of godly character and conduct, but their fruit is phony. It is similar to plastic fruit that one could hang on trees to give them the appearance of being healthy and productive. It is natural, though not inevitable, that a branch that has vital connection with the vine bear some fruit. The way to bear much fruit is for the branch to maintain unhindered fellowship with the vine, by allowing the vine to have its way with the branch. The alternative would be resisting the Holy Spirit’s work by neglecting and disobeying God.


Lack of fruit in the life, therefore, may not necessarily be an indication that the branch has no vital relationship to the vine. It may indicate that the branch, though connected to the vine, is

not abiding in it.


Memory Verse: Matthew 25:15

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