Proof of being a Disciple

In life, we have to show proof of many things. When traveling abroad, you must present proof that you hail from your stated country of citizenship. As you purchase items, many times you are asked to show your I.D. to prove that you are authorized to use a debit or credit card. When babies are born, you have to present the appropriate arm band noting that the child is yours, so you can visit or take the baby home. I could go on and on about having to show proof. One shows proof as a means to evidence you are who you claim to be.

Likewise, Christ told His disciples many things related to the Proof of being a Disciple. In John 13:35, we know that Jesus said, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Here in John 15, we see Jesus further defining the Proof of being a Disciple. 

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are 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 done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

Jesus said, “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” Bearing fruit is Proof of being a Disciple.  Jesus is building on other passages where evidence of a change or commitment to God through Christ is the proof of being a disciple.

Matthew 3:8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.
Matthew 7:16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?
Matthew 7:20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
Matthew 12:33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.
Matthew 21:43 “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.
Luke 3:8 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.
Luke 6:44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn bushes, or grapes from briers.
John 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruitfruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
Furthermore, it is also stated in the Word
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Ephesians 5:11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
Philippians 1:22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know
Colossians 1:10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,
Hebrews 13:15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.
James 3:17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

There is no denying that the person who claims Jesus as Lord and Savior must evidence a changed life. His/her life must be one where attributes of the Fruit of the Spirit is demonstrated. Proof of being a Disciple is evidenced by the Christ’s character in our lives. If we are not growing in our adherence to the character of Christ, we either are not truly believers, or we have not committed ourselves to the Word and to prayer. Those two are God’s means for union with man. Through the Word and prayer, the Spirit of God, if you have the Spirit of God living in you, will lead you to what God wants you to do. It is in your doing that you evidence who you are. People don’t care about what you say; they care about what you do. Bear the fruit of Christ which is your Proof of being a Disciple.


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