Faith Race 10-24-2020
Press On In The WORD
Jesus said, If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. John 15:7-8. Being a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ calls for one to bear much fruit to the glory of God the Father, which can only occur as one abides in Jesus, and His words abide in him or her.
Jesus said, You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. John 15:3-5.
Hearers of the Word
One must be made clean to bear fruit, and that comes by hearing the spoken word of Jesus (Jesus 15:3). Those who receive the Lord’s words and believe are clean, and those who do not believe in Him are uncleaned. (John 13:10-11).
Jesus spoke to His disciples and said, It is the Spirit that gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who would not believe, and who would betray Him. John 6:63-64.
The word of God is sown in the hearts of those who hear the word which creates faith, and upon maturity bring forth and produce fruit. So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17.
Jesus explained this by means of The Parable of The Sower (Matthew 13:1-23; Mark 4:1-20; Luke 8:4-15).
Types of Hearers of the Word
It all begins with the sower sowing seeds on four types of grounds. Jesus is the sower who speaks “the word”, which is the word of the kingdom (Matthew 13:19), and not just any word of God. The word is sown on grounds which represent the hearts of the hearers of the word, in order for the seed of the message of the kingdom to grow, become a tree, and bear much fruit.
The word sown in the hearts of hearers who do not understand, have the word snatched by the wicked one, Satan, who comes immediately to take it away, lest they should believe and be saved (Matthew 13:19; Mark 4:15; Luke 8:12). This is the first ground.
The word sown in the hearts of hearers who receive it with joy and gladness, but have no root in themselves, believe and endure only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word they immediately stumble, and fall away in time of temptation (Matthew 13:20-21; Mark 4:16-17; Luke 8:13). This is the second ground.
The word sown in the hearts of hearers who go out and bear no fruit to maturity, become unfruitful, because the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, the desire for other things and pleasures of life, choke the word (Matthew 13:22; Mark 4:18-19; Luke 8:14). This is the third ground.
The fourth and good ground is the one where the word is sown in the hearts of hearers who understand the word, accept it, and keep it with patience to bear fruit (Matthew 13:23; Mark 4:20; Luke 8:15).
Doers of the Word
Believers who hear the word that yields faith, and are doers of the word, and bear much fruit to the glory of God.
Those who are hearers only, as explained in the Parable of the Sower, are: those by the wayside, who do not receive the word with understanding, are unfruitful for having heard the word without it being mixed with faith (Hebrews 4:2); those on stony ground, are unfruitful for not enduring after receiving the word with joy, having stumbled when tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, and fall away due to temptation; and, those on thorny ground, are unfruitful for allowing the cares of the world, deceitfulness of wealth, and the pleasure of life and other things sabotage the fruit to grow to maturity.
It is written, Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. James 1:21-25.
This alludes to a hearer that remains unclean and incapable of being a doer, and a hearer who is a doer of the word and is blessed in doing God’s work. And what is the work of God?
Jesus said, Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.” John 6:27.
Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” John 6:28.
Jesus answered and said to them. “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.“ John 6:29.
Bearing Fruit of the Word
It is in having faith to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, that results in you bearing fruit by the Spirit who gives life, thus displaying your life in the light as a disciple of the Lord, the author and finisher of our faith.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. Ephesians 5:8-10.
Bearing fruit in Jesus is the manifestation of a believer abiding in Him, and His words abiding in the believer. It is in that setting that upon the believer having been cleansed by the word, becomes a doer of the word by believing in Jesus Christ (the vine) through and by whom life flows by the Spirit, and fruit is borne in the life of the believer (the branch) to the glory of God… for in Him we live and move and have our being. Acts 17:28a.
The seasons of sowing and reaping take place in the life of believers, whereby the word is sown in the hearts of believers who reap and produce fruit, with some producing thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred, in due time (Mark 4:20). Thus, an abiding believer bears much fruit to the glory of God the Father (John 15:8), when the believer receives the word, understands the word, accepts the word, retains the word, and by patience bears fruit, by the Holy Spirit.
Next week, God willing, we will share the word in the fruitful growth of faith. For now, continue to look intently into the perfect law of liberty, and delight yourself in the law, as you abide in Christ Jesus and remain clean to bear fruit as doers of the word, to the glory of God. For as it is written in Psalm 1:1-3:
Blessed is the man,
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
Press on in the Word, as you press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God, as you run the race of faith set before you, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Philippians 3:14; Hebrews 12:1-2).
Praise, Please, and Bless God, in the Lord Jesus Christ!