He Who Bears Fruit Glorifies God


Romans 1 gives us a survey of why God’s wrath has been appointed to man. In doing so, it also gives us the reason why God would be encouraged by man

“18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.”

It appears from those verses that God is really irked by man suppressing the truth and refusing to glorify Him as God. I will go a step further and say that is exactly what pits God against man. Over and over in scripture, we see God at odds against man for failing to live by the truth and thus failing to glorify Him as God.

John 15:8 says, “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.What does bearing fruit have to do with glorifying God? Everything!!! It is clear from that verse and many others that God wants us to reveal the world to Him. How do we do that? We reveal the world to God by evidencing the character or by bearing the fruit of God to the world. This brings us to another question. How does one bear fruit or reveal the character of God? It is clear from scripture that one who desires to bear fruit must know God, must be possessed by God. John 15:4-6 says, “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.” Furthermore, Jesus says, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed youto go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”

If you want to bear fruit, you must give your life to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord who will then give you His Spirit to dwell in you to create the character of God i.e. fruit. Jesus further explains how we can bear fruit in John 16 where he says, “13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.” Paul affirms this in Galatians 5 where he says, “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

None of us will glorify God without bearing fruit. We are born to glorify God, so we must bear fruit to do so. Jesus said that the Spirit causes us to bear fruit. In John 3, Jesus also said, “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

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