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Monday, October 15, 2012

Grape and Fig



I am growing a fig tree and two grapevines in my backyard. The fig tree bore about ten small figs on its branches but Concord grape and Thompson grape vines never yielded any fruits this year.

God wants us to bear the fruits, I mean ‘spiritually’. One is the “fruit of repentance” and the other is the “fruit of the Holy Spirit.”


Matthew 3:8 refers to the fruit of repentance:

“Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.”


Galatians 5:22 shows us the fruit of the Holy Spirit:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.”


The Lord Jesus urges us to bear fruit in Him in John 15:2;

“He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”


He cursed the fig tree bearing no fruit.

We read in, Matthew 21:19;

“Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered.”


He told the parable to teach us in Luke 13:6-8;

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’”

“‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. 9If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”

 


“He dug it up and cleared it of stones and planted it with the choicest vines. He built a watchtower in it and cut out a winepress as well. Then He looked for a crop of good grapes, but it yielded only bad fruit.”


How Do We Bear Fruit Acceptable to God?

The Lord Jesus said in John 15:4-8;

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.


Lord Jesus, let us bear much fruit of the Holy Spirit in You to Father’s glory. Amen.

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