“I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withrered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my word abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” – John 15:1-8
God (the Father) is the Husbandman (the Farmer) that “planted” the Vine. Jesus Christ is the Vine. Believers are the branches. It is the responsibility of the branches to bear fruit. The nourishment to bear fruit is supplied by the Vine (God the Son); the care to bear much fruit is consistently carried out by the Husbandman (God the Father). Therefore, the branches has all it takes to bear fruit abundantly. This is what makes a ‘fruitless’ branch susceptible to being cut off from the Vine while ‘fruitful’ branches are pruned to bear more fruit.
It is scripturally true that fruit-bearing is not limited to soul-winning but soul-winning is at the core of the fruits expected of believers. However, soul-winning is what keeps the body of Christ (the church) growing, waxing stronger and getting God (the Father) glorified. Soul-winning also confirms believers’ discipleship of Jesus Christ. “…Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” In other words, we (as believers) will not look like Him (Christ) if we do not bear much fruit.
Every true believer’s dream is to be as Christ-like as anyone can get but this is the heritage of committed, dedicated and consistent soul-winners. Jesus Christ came to save the world so also believers have been sent into the world to save the lost. John 17:18; John 20:21. The New Testament Zion is the church of the Living God which is the body of Christ; the members are beneficiaries of the grace of salvation orchestrated by the finished work of redemption wrought by Jesus Christ. Prophet Obadiah prophesied that ‘saviors’ shall emerge from Zion. He said;
“And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’s” – Obadiah vs21
Mount of Esau (Edom) connotes nations and people that are hostile to the true God; the Creator of all creations. Believers in the New Testament Zion have been raised as saviors to turn the table against satan by reaching out to many people and nations that are hostile to God so as depopulate the kingdom of darkness and populate the kingdom of God.
If you are a believer, you are a ‘savior’ after the order of Christ; your responsibility is to bear fruit; more fruit and much fruit to glorify the Father. How fruitful are you?
Scriptures for meditation: Obadiah vs 21; John 15:8
Jesus is Lord!