In Part 3 of the Tree Series, God reveals that the first reason that He chose and ordained you to His service is to “go”; that is, to walk by faith, according to the instruction of the Faith Himself, Christ. The second reason is to “bring forth fruit.” The sole purpose of the Apostles, according to Christ in John 15:16, was to go and bring forth fruit of Righteousness; which is a proof of sonship and is an outward witness of the Grace, Mercy, and Love of God. Our text also reveals the third reason, “that your fruit should remain.”
This statement reveals that only the fruit of the “good tree” (the ones born of God) will remain. The reason being, the Core (or Center) of the good fruit is the Love of God. The Love of God is shed abroad in the heart by the Holy Ghost (Romans 5:5). Before this happens, the sinner seeks to gratify and satisfy the flesh (Ephesians 2:1-3). 1 John 2:15-16:
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (16) For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”
But John goes on to say in 1 John 2:17a. “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof...” So, the works, or fruits, of the flesh will not last; they are built on sinking sand and false assumptions (lies). They will rust, and moths will corrupt them, and thieves will “…break through and steal” (Matthew 6:19). But John says in 1 John 2:17b, “… but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” The matter concludes in Matthew 6:20 “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.”
So the fruit of the called, the chosen, those ordained to go and bring forth fruit will remain; the reason this fruit will “remain” is because it flows from the Love of God. Romans 8:29-39 says that nothing can separate the child of grace from the Love of God. Here is the Eternal Security of the recipient of God’s Love. For if the fruit of these is to remain (in this life and in the life to come); then the called, chosen, adopted, and ordained child of God shall remain forever and ever. He will never be a corrupt tree again. (See 1 Corinthians 15:54-57; Hebrews 2:14; 9:12-26; 10:1-22.)
(Romans 8:31-34) “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? (32) He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? (33) Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. (34) Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”
Hallelujah! All praise to the Lamb of God! For He is our all: “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30).