John 15:2 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.
John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
John 15:5 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.
John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
In view of all the above statements of Christ, is there any possibility for any one to think that He is a Christian without bearing spiritual fruit. Even if it means a horrible chill coming upon your heart, let me tell you that if you are without spiritual fruit, you are not at all a Christian. Because, according to Christ, spiritual fruit is the natural outcome of one being joined to Christ, and, hence, the proof of one’s true relationship with Christ.
You may be a member of a sound, biblical church, perhaps an elder, perhaps a deacon, possibly a full-time worker in one of the ministries of the church, and so you appear to be in the vine (Christ); but are you bringing forth the fruits of holiness?
What is the use of my going up to the pulpit to preach if I am without Christ?
Is it a mere association with the church, or is it a living, supernatural union with Christ?
Unless we are joined to the Lord Jesus ourselves, we cannot take His spiritual blessings to others. Unless within us, we have the living water springing up unto eternal life, there is no possibility of rivers of living water flowing out of our hearts.
Christ intents a grand outcome through the lives of all who are joined to Him; and it is that they will be a fruitful people – yea, “that ye bear much fruit” (John 15:8).
(Excerpts from the last Lord’s Day sermon. You can listen to the sermon at http://gethsemanebpc.com/index.php/resources/english-sermons/sermons-2010.html)