As those who are called of God, chosen for salvation through faith in His Son Jesus, His elect, and the recipients of His singular merciful favor, God commands us to be fruitful for His glory, His kingdom and the furtherance of His gospel message.
9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light. Colossians 1:9-12
What is the one command that we must follow in order to be fruitful for Christ and His kingdom? His command is that we must abide in Him, Jesus Christ, because apart from Him we can do nothing. Since Jesus Christ is God the Son of God, raised from the dead, seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven, this command given in the fifteenth chapter of John is therefore the source of our productive living for the Savior and His kingdom.
1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away, and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” John 15:1-8
Those who belong to God the Father through faith in Jesus Christ will abide in Christ. The Father will prune them so they can bear more fruit for His glory. Those who seek their own glory are not abiding in Christ and are removed and burned. Those who reject the Bible, which is Christ’s word, prove they are not His and they are cast out as a branch. Their ultimate destination is hell fire. The importance of our reliance upon the Word of God for our abiding in Christ is declared by our Lord in the fourteenth chapter of John.
23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.” John 14:23-24
We can see those who did not remain in Christ, rejected by the Father, all around us. They inhabit the visible church and rejoice in the works of darkness. Men like Rob Bell, with the help of Oprah, lead these dead branches in their rejection of the Word of God, and so they reject God’s Son Jesus Christ, and the Father Himself. If anyone espouses Jesus Christ without reference to His Word the Bible they are dead in their trespasses and sins and bound for hell. Turn away from these evil workers for your own protection and the purity of the gospel. Sadly, many who are highly esteemed give voice to heretics and further their work in the visible church leading many to follow the broad way which leads to destruction. As God’s beloved children our need is to abide in Christ, resting and relying upon Him, seeking His will, growing in the knowledge of our great God and Savior, being fruitful for His glory and kingdom. Jesus Christ uses His Word, which He left for us, which alone teaches us about Him, His work and His glory, so we can abide in Him and bring praises to His name for His wonderful goodness to us and to all mankind. It is the Bible alone that contains the gospel of our salvation; that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Let’s, by God’s mercy and grace, bear fruit for His kingdom and turn away from the works of darkness. Let’s resort to the Scriptures for our edification and instruction so we may abide in Christ and obey all that He has commanded us. May God bless us.
7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8 Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward. 9 Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; 11 for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds. 2 John 7-11