In My Absence, Abide In My Friendship, Love One Another & Bear Much Fruit

Today’s selected reading continues in the New Testament gospel account of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ as written and recorded by the apostle John. More specifically, today’s passage is found in the first seventeen verses of the fifteenth chapter. When you come to this particular portion of scripture you will find the words which Jesus spoke unto the remaining eleven disciples continuing. As the fourteenth chapter of the gospel which the apostle John wrote draws to a close it does so with Jesus inviting the eleven disciples to arise together from that place in order that they might go unto the appointed place of the betrayal that would set in motion the events that would ultimately lead to the death of Jesus. In the previous chapter we find Jesus the Christ speaking unto the disciples concerning His departure, and preparing them for the reality that He was returning unto His Father from whence He came. Within the fourteenth chapter of the gospel which the apostle John wrote we find Jesus not only preparing the disciples for His ultimate and imminent departure, but also in the same context of His departure preparing them for His return. I have previously written that within the context of Jesus departing from this earth and returning unto His Father in heaven is the mystery of returning, for on the day in which Jesus ascended unto the right hand of the Father in heaven two men appeared among all those who stood gazing intently into the clouds and sky after Jesus was removed from their sight. The message these two men delivered unto them was one of tremendous hope and encouragement, for they emphatically declared unto them that in the same manner in which Jesus ascended unto heaven so also would He return and come back. Thus, within the ascension of Jesus Christ unto the Father in heaven and His departure from the earth is a wonderful and powerful picture and portent of that day when the clouds will again part and He will return just as He departed. The entire context of what we find and read within these chapters is centered upon the reality that Jesus was departing from this earth and would return unto His Father in heaven. If we are to understand the words which are written and found within these verses we must clearly understand that everything Jesus spoke unto the disciples was centered upon the reality that the hour had come for Him to depart from this earth, and to return unto His Father who was in heaven. This reality was echoed multiple times by Jesus when He also declared unto them that He must depart and where He goes and where He went they could not go. If you read the words found and written within these chapters you will come face to face with the fact that Jesus not only plainly declared unto the disciples that He was departing from the earth, but He also declared unto them that where He goes and where He was returning unto they could not at that time go. Oh it is absolutely necessary and imperative that we understand that everything Jesus spoke unto the disciples on this night was centered upon the reality of His returning and ascending unto the right hand of His Father who was in heaven.

As I stand here this morning I can’t help but not only be drawn to the fact that everything Jesus spoke unto the disciples centered around the reality that He was departing from the earth, but also that He was preparing them for His departure and His presence no longer with them. With that preparation for Jesus’ departure there was also the tremendous preparation for something different to take place and to happen, for if you continue reading the words which Jesus spoke you will find Him speaking unto the disciples concerning the presence and coming of another who would not only come alongside them, but also one who would dwell inside them. When speaking unto the disciples Jesus emphatically declared that it was expedient for Him to go away, for if and unless she went away the promise of the Father would and could not come. Despite the fact the disciples might have grieved and mourned at the fact that Jesus was no longer going to be present with them, there was an entirely different reality that was going to be present and manifested within their lives and within their midst. Upon continuing to read the words which are written within these chapters and verses you will find Jesus declaring and proclaiming unto the disciples that He must needs go away, for if He went away He would ask the Father and the Father would send them another Comforter. What’s more is that Jesus declared unto them that night that He would not leave them orphan less but would come unto them in the person of the Holy Spirit. What we must recognize and understand when reading the words of this passage is that in the absence of the Son there was also and there would be the person and presence of the Spirit. When Jesus spoke unto the disciples on this particular night He would speak to them of the wonderful and tremendous promise that in His absence would be something and someone far greater than what they had experienced for the past three and a half years. Upon continuing to read the words found within this passage of scripture you will come face to face with the reality that in the absence of Jesus would be one who would not merely walk with and dwell with them in the natural and physical sense, but one who would actually abide within them and go with them wherever they went. Oh how absolutely wonderful and incredible it is to think about and consider the fact that when Jesus departed from this earth He would send One who could be present with the disciples and the saints of God at all Turks and wherever they are and would go.

I have to admit that I find great joy and comfort in the words which Jesus the Christ speaks unto the disciples on this particular night, for with the words Jesus spoke unto them we come face to face with the reality that it was expedient and necessary for Him to depart unto the right hand of His Father in order that He might pray unto the Father that He would send the person of the Holy Spirit. As surely and as certainly as this passage and the words which Jesus spoke unto the disciples prepare them for His departure it also prepares them for the arrival of One who was altogether different from the Son but would also be One and the same with the Son. We dare not, we cannot, and must not miss and lose sight of this awesome and tremendous reality, for to do so would be to miss the divine mystery of the departure or Jesus from the earth and His return unto the right hand of the Father in heaven. With that being said we must get the strong sense that when Jesus spoke unto the disciples concerning His departure and the arrival of the person of the Holy Spirit, that which He was actually declaring unto them was that it was better and even necessary that He go away, for in His absence would be something and someone far greater than Jesus being physically present with them. I fully recognize and understand that this might not seem like it makes any sense, and that it goes against everything we have been taught, and yet within these words we find Jesus declaring unto the disciples that He would come unto them, and that the Spirit would teach them all things and remind them of all the words which He spoke unto them. It’s actually quite interesting and astounding to think about and consider the fact that when jesu declared unto the disciples that He was departing from this earth unto His Father He also declared unto them that He would come unto them. The question we must ask ourselves is if He was departing from this earth and would no longer and no more be with them then how would He come unto them. The truth of the matter is that in and through the person of the Holy Spirit Jesus would come unto the disciples and that the person and presence of the Holy Spirit would be His manifest presence within and among them. How truly remarkable and wonderful this is when you take the time to think about and consider it, for although Jesus would depart from this earth and would leave to return unto the Father, He would come unto them in the person and presence of the Holy Spirit. If we are going to understand the mystery behind the departure of Jesus from this earth we must understand it in terms of the arrival of the person and presence of the Holy Spirit. We cannot understand the words which Jesus spoke concerning His departure without also understanding that in His absence and departure there would also be the arrival of the person and presence of the Holy Spirit. Although Jesus would depart from this earth and would no longer and no more walk with the disciples and with men in person, there would be One who would come in His absence and would and could dwell and abide with them at all times and in all circumstances, and One who would do more than simply walk with them, but One who would actually abide and dwell within and inside them.

The entire context surrounding the words we find written in these particular chapters within the New Testament gospel of John center around the departure of Jesus, the arrival of the Spirit, and how they were to live and conduct themselves in the absence of the Son and in the presence of the Holy Spirit. Pause for a moment and consider that reality—the reality that part of what Jesus spoke unto the disciples on this occasion was not only centered around the reality of His departure, but it was also centered around the arrival of the person and presence of the Holy Spirit, and how they were to live and conduct themselves in His absence. Before we even get into the words which are written in the fifteenth chapter of this gospel it is first necessary that we return back to the fourteenth chapter and consider three key references that bring us face to face with specific instruct given unto the disciples as to how they were to live and conduct themselves in the absence of Jesus the Christ and in the presence of the Holy Spirit. In all reality, I have to say that it is actually quite astounding that Jesus would depart unto the right hand of the Father and would send the person and presence of the Holy Spirit, for although Jesus was with them in person, He could not do in them that which the person of the Holy Spirit could do. It would be through the person of the Holy Spirit that the disciples and the church would be given the necessary presence and power to be able to live out that which Jesus the Christ had commanded unto them. Although it was absolutely wonderful that Jesus the Christ dwelt with them for three and a half years and they walked with and followed Him for that period of time, Jesus could not dwell inside them while present with them in person. It would be through the person and presence of the Holy Spirit that not only would they be reminded of the words which Jesus spoke unto them, but they would also receive the necessary endowment of power and presence necessary to live out the words which Jesus had spoken unto them. In all honesty we must understand the words which were spoken by Jesus and the direct link and connection those words have with the person, the presence of the Holy Spirit to teach and bring to remembrance those words, and even to enable them to live out the words which Jesus had spoken. Essentially—not only would the Holy Spirit remind the disciples of the words which Jesus had spoken while upon the earth, but the Holy Spirit would also give them the necessary power and strength to actually live out and obey the words which were and had been commanded by Jesus. Such instructions and commands are found in the fourteenth chapter in three specific locations beginning with the fifteenth verse. Consider if you will the words which Jesus the Christ spoke unto the disciples within this chapter beginning with the fifteenth verse:

“If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15)

“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, He it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love Him, and will manifest myself to Him” (John 14:21).

“If a man love me, He will keep my words: and my Father will love Him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me” (John 14:23-24).

What’s more, is that if you turn your attention back to the thirteenth chapter of this same New Testament gospel you will find additional instruction given unto the disciples concerning how they were to live and conduct themselves in the absence of Jesus the Christ. It’s worth noting that in the absence and departure of Jesus and in the presence of the Holy Spirit there would be specific commands and instructions given unto the disciples as to how they were to live and conduct themselves within and upon the earth. Although Jesus had walked with them for three and a half years, He was not departing unto the right hand of His Father in heaven, and would leave them with very specific instruction. Within the thirteenth chapter of the New Testament gospel of John you will find the a specific set of instructions given in the wake of Jesus’ laying aside His garments, taking up the towel, and washing the disciples feet, and drying them with the towel wherewith he was girded. What’s more, is that if you continue reading the words which are found in the thirteenth chapter of this gospel you will come face to face with additional instruction that was given unto the disciples concerning how they should live in the absence of the Son and in the presence of the Holy Spirit. In the departure of Jesus there would not only be the person and presence of the Holy Spirit dwelling among them upon the earth, but there would also be very specific instruction given unto them concerning how they should live their lives and conduct themselves among men upon the earth. If you begin reading with and from the thirteenth verse of the thirteenth chapter you will find Jesus explaining unto the disciples that which He had done in and through washing their feet, but also what the washing of their feet would mean for them. Consider if you will the words which are written and recorded within this particular chapter beginning with the thirteenth verse:

“Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto your, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me. Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am He. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me” (John 13:12-20).

The words which we find written within this passage we come face to face with specific instruction given unto the disciples concerning the example which Jesus set for them through the washing of their feet, and the invitation given unto them to in His absence go and do likewise. I have to admit that it’s interesting that rather than simply instructing the disciples to wash the feet of the disciples, Jesus actually provided the example before the instruction. Jesus could have very easily provided the instruction alone without the example, and He would have been perfectly justified in doing so. The truth of the matter, however, is that Jesus didn’t merely provide instruction unto the disciples to wash the feet of others—neighbor and enemy alike—but also took the time to demonstrate that reality. What’s more, is that Jesus could instruct the disciples to wash the feet of those who would make themselves their enemies, for in the same context of washing the feet of the disciples Jesus would also speak unto them concerning one among them who would lift up their heel against Him. Furthermore, Jesus would speak unto them concerning one among them who would betray Him into and unto the hands of His enemies and adversaries. Jesus could instruct the disciples to wash the feet of their enemies as much as they would wash the feet of their neighbors, for Jesus would wash the feet of the one who betray Him on this very night into the hands of His accusers, into the hands of His adversaries, and into the hands of His enemies. It is actually quite remarkable to think about and consider the fact that Jesus would actually instruct the disciples to wash the feet of others, and yet instead of simply providing them with the instruction He actually took the time to give them a personal example of what that would look like. How absolutely incredible it is to think about and consider the fact that Jesus didn’t merely give the disciples instruction alone to wash the feet of others, but He actually washed their feet on the night in which He would be betrayed in order that they might see and experience it firsthand. Jesus would wash the feet of the disciples as a wonderful and powerful example given unto them which they might follow and go and do likewise. Oh dear reader please don’t miss and please don’t lose sight of this awesome and incredible reality, for to do so would be to miss the tremendous reality of what Jesus actually did on this particular night. Instead of merely giving the disciples the instruction to wash the feet of each other, and even the feet of others, Jesus would actually wash their feet and would do so as an example as to how they should live and conduct themselves in the absence of the Son, in the presence of the Spirit, and in the company of others. It is absolutely necessary and imperative that we recognize and understand that Jesus didn’t merely instruct the disciples to wash the feet of others—both neighbor and enemies alike—but Jesus would lead by example as He would wash the feet of His friends, although all would abandon and forsake Him, one would deny Him, and one would betray Him. Pause for a moment and allow the truth and the weight of this reality sink in within the depths of your heart and soul, for by doing so it has the awesome power to dramatically and radically change and transform your life.

When and as you come to the fifteenth chapter of the New Testament gospel of John you will find Jesus continuing to speak unto the disciples on the night in which He was betrayed, and transitioning to an entirely differently reality. If you begin reading with and from the first verse of the fifteenth chapter of this gospel you will notice that Jesus declares unto the disciples that He was the true vine—a phrase Jesus would use three times within this particular context of preparing the disciples for His departure from the earth and return unto the Father. Before Jesus would depart unto the right hand of the Father He would three times declare unto the disciples that He was the vine, and four times would declare unto them that they were the branches. Thus by using the imagery of the vine and the branches Jesus was bringing the disciples face to face with the awesome and incredible reality of how dependent they were on Him for their life and their sustenance. The imagery of the vine and the branches is quite unique and remarkable when you take the time to think about and truly ponder it, for Jesus would even go on to declare that as the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more could they bear fruit except and unless they abide in Him. Even more than this, Jesus would go on to declare unto them: “without me ye can do nothing.” This particular phrase gives a certain context and meaning, however, when you read and consider these words in the original language and context it actually suggests the reality that severed from Him they would and could do nothing. In all reality, that which Jesus was emphatically speaking unto the disciples was that if they lived their lives severed from Him they could do absolutely nothing and would be completely incapable of bringing forth fruit in and of themselves. It’s actually quite interesting to think about and consider the fact that on the one hand Jesus would declare unto the disciples that He was departing from this earth, was returning unto His Father in heaven, and that where He was going they could not go, and yet He would go on to declare unto them that without and apart from Him they could do nothing. Pause for a moment and allow those words to sink into your heart and mind, for while Jesus declared unto the disciples that He was departing unto His Father in heaven and that they could not go where He was going, He would also declare unto them that they could do nothing without and apart from Him. Even more than this, we encounter and come face to face with the awesome reality that Jesus would go on to declare that without and apart from Him they could do nothing. This reality is actually quite interesting when you take the time to think about it, for it is absolutely and incredibly unique to think about the fact that Jesus was departing from this earth, and yet in His departure from the earth He would not only give the command to abide in Him, but He would also declare unto them that apart from Him they could do nothing. One almost gets the sense that if Jesus was going to declare that apart from Him they could do nothing, then why would He even leave in the first place. If without and apart from Jesus we can do nothing, then why would Jesus depart from the earth, and why wouldn’t He simply remain upon the earth?

As you read the words which are found within the fifteenth chapter of the New Testament gospel of John you will be quickly confronted with the presence of certain key words which are repeated more than once within and through the first seventeen verses. As you read and study the words found within this passage you will notice that the word “vine” is mentioned and used three times, while the word “branch” or a variation of “branch” is used five times. What’s more, is that within this passage you will notice that the word “abide” is mentioned and used nine times, and the word “fruit” is mentioned and used eight times. Additionally the word “love” is used four times, while the word “friends” is used three times. We must recognize and understand this particular reality, for the words help form the framework of that which Jesus was speaking unto the disciples, and help us truly understand that which He was speaking unto the disciples on this particular night. There is a strong and powerful connection between the reality of the vine and the branches, for by using this imagery, Jesus was providing the context that apart from and without Him we could do nothing, and could not bear and bring forth fruit. It is true we have been instructed to bear and bring forth fruit, however, it is also true that we cannot hope to bear and bring forth that fruit without and apart from our being connected to the vine. We were commanded to wash the feet of the others, and yet in the context of washing the feet of others we were given an example as to what that looks like, for Jesus didn’t merely instruct us to wash the feet of others, but actually washed our feet so we could see and recognize what it would look like. Jesus would instruct us concerning bearing and bringing forth fruit, and yet directly linked and connected to the concept of our bringing forth fruit Jesus declared that we could not bear fruit without and apart from Him. Please don’t miss and please don’t lose sight of this, for it is absolutely impossible to bear and bring forth fruit without and apart from abiding in the vine. Perhaps one way to explain is it to think about grapes on a cluster, and grapes which grow on a. Vine, for it is absolutely impossible for grapes to grow independent and apart from the vine, for apart from the vine there is absolutely no life, nor is there present that which is necessary to produce and bring forth the growth that is necessary. Jesus instructed us to bear and bring forth fruit, and even declared that the Father is glorified in the bearing of much fruit, however, it is absolutely impossible to bear the fruit which is necessary in the absence of the Son without abiding in the Son. Oh, there would be those who would seek to bear and bring forth fruit without and apart from abiding in the vine, and yet such an attempt is futile and fleeing, for it is absolutely impossible to bear and bring forth fruit without, apart from and outside of abiding in the vine. The apostle Paul spoke of “the fruit of the Spirit,” and even went on to write and declare concerning that fruit what it actually was, however, we must recognize and understand the context of “the fruit of the Spirit,” the absence of the Son, abiding in the Son, and the person and presence of the Spirit. It is called the “fruit of the Spirit” because it is the Spirit who cultivates and produces the fruit within our lives, and it is the Spirit who is not only the promise of the Father, but is also the manifestation of the person and presence of Jesus the Christ among and within us upon the earth.

If you read the words which are found within this passage of Scripture—all seventeen verses of this particular passage—you will come face to face with four distinct realities which Jesus sought to emphasize and display in the company and presence of His disciples. As you read the words which were spoken by Jesus the Christ on this particular night you will find Jesus speaking about abiding in the vine and the direct connection between abiding in the vine and bearing and bringing forth much fruit. Within this particular passage of Scripture you will find Jesus instructing and commanding us to abide in Him, and in the direct context of abiding in Him would be the bearing and bringing forth of much fruit. What’s more, is that as you continue reading the words found and written within this passage you will come face to face with the reality that in addition to Jesus speaking of abiding in Him and bearing fruit, Jesus also instructed us to love one another, and even enjoy friendship with Him. It is absolutely necessary and imperative that we read the words within this passage and come face to face with the reality that directly linked to the context of bearing fruit is not only enjoying friendship with Him, but also of loving one another. In fact, one might almost get the strong sense that the fruit which Jesus spoke of in this particular passage is not only enjoying friendship with Him, but also in loving one another. If you read the words found within this chapter you will find that on three different occasions Jesus spoke to the disciples of love, and the tremendous and incredible need to not only abide and continue in love, but also to love one another. Jesus spoke unto the disciples concerning bearing and bringing forth fruit, and if you study the fruit of the Spirit which the apostle Paul spoke of and wrote about in the letter which was written unto the churches in Galatia, you will find that the very first fruit mentioned in the epistle was that of love. What’s more, is that when writing the first epistle unto Corinthian saints you will find the apostle Paul writing concerning the supremacy of love and how love far outweighs and supersedes any particular and any specific gift of the Spirit. Consider if you will the words which are found in the writings of the apostle Paul—both that which is found within the epistle written unto the churches in Galatia, as well as that first epistle which was written unto the Corinthian saints:

“But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am. Known. And now abideth faith, hope and charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity” (1 Corinthians 13:1-13).

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another” (Galatians 5:22-26).

The words which I find written within this passage of Scripture are absolutely and incredibly intriguing and captivating, for within these seventeen verses—not only do we find Jesus speaking unto the disciples about the great and tremendous need of abiding in Him and how only by abiding in Him can they bear and bring forth fruit, but we also find Jesus speaking unto them concerning their relationship with Him. If and as you read the words which are found in this passage of Scripture you will find that in the context of Jesus departing from this earth and returning unto His Father in heaven, He took the time to speak unto His disciples concerning His relationship with Him, and their relationship with Him. If you read the words found within this passage of Scripture you will find that even though Jesus declared unto the disciples that He was departing from this earth and returning unto His Father who was in heaven, He did not call them servants, but called them friends. If you begin reading with and from the eleventh verse of this chapter you will find Jesus beginning by speaking of joy and fullness of joy, and yet immediately following a statement of joy and in direct context with fullness of joy Jesus would speak unto the disciples concerning friendship and their being friends. What’s more, is that not only did Jesus speak unto the disciples concerning friendship, but He would go on to declare unto them that He called them friends, and did not call them servants. Consider if you will the words which are found within this passage beginning to read with and from the eleventh verse, for it is within these verses that we come face to face with the departure and absence of the Son, and yet how even in the absence of the Son there is the direct connection and link to friendship with the Son. Beginning to read with and from the eleventh verse of the chapter you find the following words which were spoken by Jesus the Christ and recorded for us by the apostle John concerning friendship with the Son:

“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that you fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, He may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another” (John 15:12-17).

Within the very seventeen verses of the fifteenth chapter of the New Testament gospel of John we are not only met with the awesome and incredible reality of abiding in the Son, but we are met with the reality of bearing and bringing forth fruit. What’s more, is that within this chapter we are met and come face to face with the awesome and incredible reality of friendship with Jesus the Christ and our loving one another. Within the seventeen verses at the beginning of the chapter we encounter and come face to face with the awesome and incredible reality of abiding in the Son in order that we might bear and bring forth fruit, and the evidence and manifestation of that fruit is not only friendship with Jesus the Christ, but also loving not another. Jesus not only spoke unto the disciples concerning their being friends with Him, but He also spoke unto them concerning the command which He left with them—namely, that there might love one another. Not only this, but there is also the intrinsic connection and link between how Jesus loved them and how they themselves were to love one another. Oh how absolutely remarkable and incredible it is to think about and consider the fact that loving one another is not only in the context of abiding in the Son, but also in being friends with the Son. In all reality, I would dare say that we cannot truly expect to love one another if we are not willing to abide in the Son, and if we are not willing to lives as friends with Him. It is only to the degree and measure that we are friends with the eternal Son, and to the degree and measure that we abide in the Son that we are able to bring forth much fruit, and that we would love one another. Furthermore, I would dare say that abiding in the Son and being friends with the Son are intrinsically linked and connected with each other, and the end result and outgrowth of these two realities is not only bearing fruit, but loving one another. The most notable and visible manifestation of bearing fruit is that of love and loving one another, and loving one another as Jesus the Christ has indeed and has in fact loved us. The question we must ask ourselves is not only whether or not we are abiding in the Son, but also whether or not we are enjoying friendship with the Son, for it is only to the degree and measure we abide in the Son and enjoy friendship with Him that we are able to bring forth much fruit which glorifies the Father, and love one another as Jesus has indeed and has in fact loved us.

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