Abiding Produces Rewards

WEDNESDAY

NAU John 15:6 “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.

NIV John 15:6 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.

NKJ John 15:6 “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.

There is a danger for NOT abiding in Christ. Jesus says that the branch that does not abide is separated from the life of the vine. Some have taken this to mean that a Christian can lose his salvation! But elsewhere in Scripture we are told this cannot happen (John 10: 28, 29; Romans 8:31-39) and since Scripture will not contradict Scripture, John 15:6 cannot refer to the loss of relationship with Jesus or the Father! Instead it must be referring to the ‘fake’ branches that are allowed to identify with the real branches for a while before being separated from the vine.

True branches bear fruit:

NAU John 15:2 “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.

NIV John 15:2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes {2 The Greek for prunes also means cleans.} so that it will be even more fruitful.

NKJ John 15:2 “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

Fake branches do not bear fruit.

It’s that simple! The one who remains confident in the finished work of Jesus on the cross for the needed ‘declared righteousness’ from God will demonstrate the reality of that confidence by remaining confident in that truth. And God will demonstrate their true status by producing fruit in their life.

NAU John 15:8 “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.

NIV John 15:8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

NKJ John 15:8 “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

Not abiding has a consequence. Abiding has a reward. Remain dependent upon Him.

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