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Jack H August 1, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Ah yes, indeed insecurity leads to much sin. No-one needs to be told about the drunkard who gives in to peer pressure at the pub, or that secret peeping tom who runs away at the glance of his offended target, or the vocal group with inferiority complexes. We’re in a bad situation, but thank God for salvation and His Helper, the Holy Spirit 😀

DocReits August 3, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Thank you Pamela for your article,

You write:

“What does that mean “… that your fruit should remain”?… What Jesus is saying here is….Bearing fruit is another way of saying making more disciples. This way when we have gone onto glory those that we have discipled will remain here to continue to share the word with others. Disciples making disciples; that is fruit that remains.””

Your interpretation is a common one. I would respectfully offer an alternative explanation for the meaning of “fruit”:

The problem, especially for seekers and young Christians, is the confusion arising when they are told “fruit” means disciples. Most Christians have not led anyone to the Lord, let alone made disciples. If they believe this fruit, in Jn 15, are disciples then the beginning of the chapter is a dire warning for them:

Here is how Jn 15 begins:

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, …”(Jn 15:1,2)

If we believe “fruit” means disciples then we are not saved by Grace through faith(Eph 2:8,9), because obviously if we do not produce these disciples, we will be “cut off” from Jesus, the Vine.

Jesus is telling His followers that we are to “remain” or abide” in Him. Those two English words in our text are the same Greek word,”Yaphac”. They mean the same thing and therefore can be used interchangeably. Our fruit is to remain or abide in the world. This “fruit remaining” has been mistakenly presumed to mean converts or disciples we have made.

Remember when Dorcas died and was raised back to life? Acts 9:

“Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas.d She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, “Please come to us without delay.” So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them. But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.”(Acts 9:32-42).

Dorcas was bereaved by the women in the community because she had been connected to the Vine and had left her fruit behind. Her fruit was, as the Bible says:

…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.(Gal 5:22,23).

This “fruit” remained or more symbolically “Abided” upon the people as a sweet fragrance and remembrance of Dorcas’s life. Her “fruit” was not the notches on her belt for the disciples she had made. It was the fruit of the Spirit which “Abided” on all of those whose lives had been touched by this sweet lady’s life. Her fruit remained even after she was physically gone from their presence.

The danger in thinking this fruit is “disciples” is that it ends up leading to a work’s based salvation. One can only think, “We don’t produce disciples and we get cut off from the Vine”. No!! A thousands time No!! The only way we can get cut off from the Vine is “IF” we evidence our disconnect by not producing the fruit of the Spirit. No fruit(love, joy peace, etc), no connection.

Respectfully,

DocReits





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