Quotes

 

“To glorify the Father is to reflect His character.”

 

the fruit that is be borne by the disciple of Christ –the Christian– is the manifestation of the Father’s character”

 

But before there can ever be fruit, there must first be a root 

 

Our Greatest Need

by: Ikemba Balogu

Jesus Christ declared: “Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be My disciples” (Jn. 15:8). Therefore, no one can be a disciple of Christ without bearing fruit and this is irrespective of his profession.

Why? For “herein [that is, in bearing much fruit] is My Father glorified”. To glorify the Father is to reflect His character. For His glory is His character and all those who glorify Him can only do so by reflecting His character.

Then let every person who seeks to glorify the Father echo the words of Moses unto the Lord, saying: “I beseech Thee, shew Me Thy glory. And He [the Lord] said, I will make all My goodness [or glory] pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name [or glory] of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy… And it shall come to pass, while My glory passeth by, that I will… cover thee with My hand while I pass by… And the Lord passed by before Him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth. Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty [that is, to excuse sin]” (Exod 33:18, 19, 22). This is the character of the Father and that is precisely how He is glorified.

Jesus Christ is “the brightness of [the Father’s] glory” (Heb. 1:3). In other words, He is the perfect reflection of the Father’s character. And as such, He instructs all of His disciples : “Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be My disciples”.

What is this fruit then? “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance” (Gal. 5:22, 23). Thus, the fruit that is be borne by the disciple of Christ –the Christian– is the manifestation of the Father’s character.

And as Christ, being “the brightness of the Father’s glory”, is the perfect manifestation of His character, He stands as the supreme example of what it means to bear fruit to the glory of the Father. Therefore, His words are for us today: “Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit.” “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit.” “Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He [the Father] taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, THAT [or IN ORDER THAT] it may bring forth more fruit.” “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me” (Jn. 15:8, 5, 2, 4).

But before there can ever be fruit, there must first be a root. In order that fruit may be borne, the root must first be established. Much is spoken of “the fruit of the Spirit” but very little is said concerning the root.

This brings us to an all-important question: what is the root? Is not the Father the root? No. For Jesus Himself declares: “My Father is the husbandman [or farmer]” (Jn. 15:1).  Is not the Son the root? I say emphatically again, no. For Christ speaks concerning Himself in the following words: “I am the true vine… I am the vine” (verses 1, 5). So are we the root? Absolutely not; for it written: “ Ye are the branches” (verse 5).  

Then what is the root? The root is none other than the Holy Spirit Himself. For that inspired apostle, Paul, proclaimed: “The fruit OF THE SPIRIT is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance” (Gal. 5:22, 23). And in another place, this same faithful disciple declared: “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He [the Father] would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the innerman;… that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:14-19).  

Accordingly, in order that love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, meekness, and temperance may appear in the life, the Holy Spirit must be the root of the life. And just as fruit cannot be borne without the root, the glory of God cannot be manifested without the Holy Spirit.

Consequently, the Holy Spirit is our GREATEST NEED. And the Holy Spirit, being our greatest need, is always that which should be sought out first and above all other needs. “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for the your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat [food], and the body than raiment?… Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? Or, what shall we drink? Or, wherewithal [how] shall we be clothed? (For [or because] after all these things the Gentiles [or heathens] seek; ) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have NEED of all these things. But seek ye FIRST the [1] kingdom of God and [2] His righteousness;” “for the [1] kingdom of God is… [2] righteousness, peace, and joy IN THE HOLY GHOST” (Matt. 6:25, 31-33; Rom. 14:17).

“Except a man be born… of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” “Ask, and it shall be given you” “Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” “For every one that asketh receiveth”; “be filled with” “the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” (Jn. 5, 6; Matt. 7:7; Jn. 20:22; Matt. 7:8; Eph. 5:18; 4:30).

As we are to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness above all other needs, and as the kingdom of God and His righteousness is only found in the Holy Ghost, it seems perfectly plain that our greatest need is the Holy Ghost.