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The Gospel of John VII - Lesson 2

                 Basic Principles for the Fruit-bearer                                   John 15:1-27                                   (Continued)

  1. HIS RELATIONSHIP TO THE TRUE VINE (John 15:1-11) (Continued)
    1. Seven Individuals in the Parable (John 15:1-7) (Continued)
      1. The Christian with much fruit (John 15:4-5) (Continued)
        1. This is the only path to much fruit – “the same bringeth forth much fruit”
          1. The hundredfold fruit of the good ground (Matthew 13:23)
          2. The fruit that remains (John 15:16)
          3. Fruit unto holiness and everlasting life (Romans 6:22)
          4. Gold, silver, and precious stones (1 Corinthians 3:11-14)
          5. Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:9)
          6. Fruits of righteousness (Philippians 1:11; Colossians 1:10)
          7. Never barren or unfruitful (2 Peter 1:8; 1 Corinthians 15:58; Galatians 6:9)
        2. The inner workings of the abiding Christ
          1. Indwelling Spirit (John 7:38-39; Ephesians 3:16; Ephesians 5:18)
          2. Indwelling word (John 15:3, 7; Colossians 3:16; 1 John 2:14)
          3. Faith (2 Corinthians 5:7; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 3:17)
          4. Love (2 Corinthians 5:14-15; Ephesians 3:17-19; Philippians 1:9-11)
    2. Blessings of a Life of Abiding in Christ (John 15:7-11)
      1. Blessing of answered prayer (John 15:7)
        1. To better know the will of God (1 Corinthians 2:11-16)
        2. To pray according to His will (Romans 8:26-28; 1 John 5:14)
        3. To receive answers to our prayers (Psalm 37:4; 1 John 5:15)
      2. Blessing of much fruit (John 15:8)
        1. By which to glorify the Father (Matthew 5:16; 1 Corinthians 6:20; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Philippians 1:11; 1 Peter 4:11)
        2. By which to be His disciples (John 8:31; John 13:35)
      3. Blessing of sustaining love (John 15:9-10)
        1. The love of Christ toward us (John 15:9)
          1. Patterned after the Father’s love to the Son
          2. Bestowed to the disciples
          3. Required that we continue in this love (John 13:34; Ephesians 3:19; Ephesians 5:2)
        2. The practice of abiding in Christ’s love (John 15:10)
          1. Maintained by keeping the commandments of Christ (John 14:15, 21; 1 John 2:5; 1 John 5:3)
          2. Exemplified by the obedience of Christ to the Father (John 6:38; John 8:29; Philippians 2:8; Hebrews 5:8)
      4. Blessing of fullness of joy (John 15:11)
        1. Comes by the practice of abiding in Christ – “These things have I spoken.”
        2. Allows the joy of Christ to remain in the believer (John 17:13; Romans 5:11)
        3. Causes the joy of the believer to be full (John 16:24; Philippians 4:4-7; 1 John 1:4)
  2. HIS RELATIONSHIP TO OTHERS (John 15:12-17)
    1. The Importance of Love (John 15:12-13)
      1. The commandment to love (John 15:12; John 13:34-35)
      2. The height of human love (John 15:13)
        1. The laying down of life for a friend
        2. The greater love of the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:6-10)
          1. For the ungodly (Romans 5:6)
          2. For sinners (Romans 5:7-8)
          3. For His enemies (Romans 5:9-10)
      3. The proof of Christian love (1 John 3:16); the love of Christ in us (Ephesians 3:17-19)
        1. The example of Priscilla and Aquila (Romans 16:3-4)
        2. The example of Epaphroditus (Philippians 2:25-30)
        3. The example of Paul (Acts 20:24; Acts 21:13; 2 Corinthians 12:15; Philippians 2:17)
David Reagan

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 30:4

Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?