Bearing Fruit (5-27)

Journey, New Year, Isaiah, Corner, New Chapter, Beginning, Dayton, Church of God, Pennsylvania, Sermon Series

Luke 6:43-45, Isaiah 1:2-8, 16-20

You were not saved just from your sin, your willful rebellion; you were saved for a reason, set apart for God’s use and purpose. There is a purpose for your salvation, justification, sanctification, a reason that Christ died for you.

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,  for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

What is expected of you in the New life you have been given?

It is not so you can continue to be a part of the world and live in sin. It is so you can be a part of His Church to go and bear fruit… Luke 6

In Exodus 19 we read of how “Moses went up to God. The LORD called to him out of the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation (3-6).” In Isaiah 49:6 God tells the people that they are to be “a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth. They didn’t bear fruit, they turned in and became legalistic and self-centered.

Isaiah 1 This is no metaphor, this is the destruction God’s people faced when they turned from God. The Word tells us that God is the same today as He was yesterday… So if a nation honors God and obeys Him they would be fruitful and if they ignore Him they can expect destruction.  Doesn’t this also apply to us as individuals? Go with God’s way of life and get blessings or ignore God’s Truth and …

Isaiah points out that when we are rebellious we are very much like the people of Sodom and Gomorrah: if it feels good do it, if it gives pleasure pursue it, if it brings gratification to the flesh, regardless of the morality, then indulge. But what happened to those that did these things in Sodom and Gomorrah?

The Holy Spirit in Romans 1 reminds us of what happens when people rebel against God, 3 times we are told of the fruit of those in rebellion. They can discern from creation that there is a God and yet choose to worship the created over the Creator. They exchanged the Truth of God for a Lie, and God gave them what they wanted – He turns them over to their sin!

Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves (vs. 24).  For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions (vs. 26). And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done (vs. 28). In the end it destroys them and breaks the Heart of God. The fruit they bore?

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions,always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all2 Timothy 3: 1-9, emphasis added (you will know them by their fruit).

He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. – John 15:2, emphasis added

What happened to the fig tree that would not produce fruit…

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. – John 15:4

I’m not afraid to die…I am ashamed to die. I have never brought a single soul to Christ. I’m not concerned about what I have done…It’s what I haven’t done that bothers me.”

Luke 13:6-9 We serve the God of the 2nd, 3rd … Chance!

Digging Deeper

  • To whom do you belong?  Who is it that you are daily, hour by hour, following?
  • Are you bearing fruit for the Kingdom on your journey?
  • Write down the “fruit” you have produced or helped produce. See Matthew 7:21: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

Further reading: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Mark 11:12-14, 20-21, Luke 8:5-15, John 15:4-5, 16,  17:15-17, Luke 13:6-9, James 3:12, 2:18, Matthew 7:15-27

 

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