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THE SPIRITUAL CHRISTIAN UNITY PROPHECY,  A Book of Prophecy of the Scripture, by Tim Warlick

 

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(CHAPTER FIVE, CONTINUED)

 

The Importance of Fruit to Spiritual Christian Unity

The parables of Jesus "bear much fruit", only by uniting in Jesus.

 

 

There are many parables told by Jesus regarding fruit, and seeds, plants, vines, and trees, and how theses things grow.  All Christians pretty commonly understand many of the symbols of these parables and analogies.  But all such ďfruitĒ parables have an even greater significance, often overlooked, that is of particular importance to the Christian unity of all believers, in all Christian denominations and groups,

 

In general, we all know that in such parables the seed is the word of God, or is the faith that comes by hearing the word.  And most of us further realize that the plant that grows from that seed, whether the wheat stalk, the branch of the grape vine, the fig tree, or the mustard tree, in every case is either the Spirit of Christ that lives in the person, or the kingdom of God that is comprised of the collective grouping of all those persons in whom the Spirit of Christ lives.

Romans 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Luke 8:11  Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

Luke 17:6  And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

Luke 17:21  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Matthew 13: 31  Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:

32  Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.

 

But growing the outward fruit of the Spirit from within ourselves, is the responsibility of each Christian, and can be accomplished to varying degrees by different individual Christians.

Matthew 13:23  But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Mark 4:24  And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.

John 15:2  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

 

The fruit is always the desirable part, the part that men want.  Sometimes the fruit is the seed, itself, such as corn or wheat, but the fruit is always the crop, the part that is reaped and the part that nourishes and gives the life that men want.  Inside the fruit of the Spirit is always the seed, the word and faith of Christ.

 

Our function intended by God, that of producing fruit to serve Godís purposes, is simply performed by the words and deeds that we say and do to effectively present the word and faith of Christ to all others, both Christians and non-Christians.  God wants all other people to see the good that we offer from our hearts to them, from Godís word and faith in Christ within us, as being desirable to themselves.

 

It is our job as Christians to grow fruit that is both good and desirable, but also fruit that lasts.  Good fruit remains when it is judged acceptable by God.  The bad fruit will not last, but will be destroyed by God.

John 15:16  Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

17  These things I command you, that ye love one another.

Matthew 7:17  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

18  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

 

All good fruit grows in love: in our love of Jesus, and in His love for all believers.  Christian unity means that we Christians are all united in our love for each other, all believers in Jesus, who, Himself, is Godís love for all of us believers.  There may be many Christian denominations and groups among us, but all Christians are united by the common love for all who find righteousness and brotherly love together in Jesus.  Unity in that love who is Jesus, results in just one spiritual thingÖ

 

Öone tree, grown together in the one Spirit of ChristÖ

Matthew 13: 31  Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:

32  Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.

 

Öone temple to God built of brethren in Christ that are itís lively stonesÖ

1 Peter 2:5  Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

 

 Öone body comprised of bodily members speaking to each other the truth of Godís word, but speaking only in agape brotherly love and only that which edifies, so that we grow up together as the one body of Christ...

Ephesians 4:15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

16  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

1 Corinthians 8:1  Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.

Romans 14:19  Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

Ephesians 4:29  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

 

Öand one vine with all of us believers growing together in Jesus.

John 15: 1 ∂ I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

2  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

3  Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

4  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.

5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

 

The good fruit that remains, as well as the branch that grows it, is not pruned off and discarded, and is not burned by the husbandman, God.  This is the good fruit we bear while abiding in the vine of Jesus, and the good fruit is that which draws men in to Him who is that one, eternal vine.  And the good fruit that draws us all together in unity in Jesus always grows as desirable as possible to all men, desirable both to brothers in Christ and to our neighbors in the world, so that men never have to reach through thorns or brambles to get the good fruit.  Only men who want to prevent unity in the vine, put thorns in the way.

Matthew 7:16  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

 

The point of all these scriptures is just one spiritual thing, one vine, one body, one temple, and one tree grown together in Jesus.  That one thing is always found in Christian unity in love.  Itís true that each different Christian group and denomination has an understanding of the Bible that differs, in some parts, from the understanding of the other Christians in the body of Christ, which is why the Bible says that we are still growing up as a body into the unity of the faith.  But the total unity of faith in Godís entire word can *only*, *only* be accomplished together in love.  Thatís why love is a *command*, not a warm, fuzzy feeling.

 

Weíre supposed to start with the command that we can do, not the fullness of understanding of all of Godís word, which is a completeness that only God can judge for certain.  Itís the Holy Spiritís job to lead us into all truth.

John 16:13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

 

But to love our brethren in Christ of all Christian denominations and groups, with our own life laid down, as Jesus did for all of us, is a command of Jesus that each of us can accomplish now.  Itís the love that weíre supposed to focus our efforts on, never the loveless debate among brethren over what the word of God means.  The shared understanding of what all the word of God means, the unity of faith in the entire word of God, is the eventual *result* of obedience, *not the command* to be obeyed.  The command is ďLoveÖĒ.

 

The totally shared, common understanding of what all the word of God means, in the unity of the faith of the entire word of God, which shall occur when the body of Christ fully grows up into Him who is the head, will be the *result* of our obedience to the new commandment of Jesus, not the result of our ability to use the reason and logic of man to persuade.  Thatís why all the ďfruitĒ parables, all these scriptures of bearing fruit to one another in oneness in Christ, all mean Christian unity in Jesus, who is the Fatherís love for all His children, of every Christian denomination and group.

 

Thatís the part of the word that even the babes understand.  Remember what the apostle said when he had to deal with divisions of those who claimed special knowledge by particular teachers.

1 Corinthians 1:13  Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

1 Corinthians 1:17 ∂ For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

1 Corinthians 2:2  For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

1 Corinthians 3:1 ∂ And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.

2  I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.

1 Corinthians 3:9  For we are labourers together with God: ye are Godís husbandry, ye are Godís building.

10  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

11 ∂ For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

 

Thatís exactly where we have to start together, in the first principles of the doctrine of Jesus Christ, and Him crucified, agreeing all together in the part that the babes can understand.  We have to lay again the foundation of repentance from the dead works of sin that some of the babes have called into question in recent years, mistakenly denying the holiness of marriage, and erroneously seeking approval by the church of various forms of sexual immorality.  As a body united in holiness and brotherly love, we must now lay again the foundation of faith toward God in the sacrifice of Jesus for the repentance and salvation of us all, which is where all the babes in Christ start out.

Hebrews 6:1  Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

 

The life and death, and life again, of Jesus is the first truth any Christian ever came to know, and it is the gospel, good news message that we Christians all have to unite in so that a lost and dying world will hear it, for it was the same message that was first declared to us all, when each of us was just a babe in Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:1 ∂ Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

 

God doesnít want any of the babes who believe in Jesus to be left behind or left out, so we have to start in together, in righteousness and brotherly love, with them in the one foundation of Jesus, Himself, who is Godís eternal love for all of us Christians.  In Godís family, weíre all babes who know that our Papaís love is sent to us in Christ.  As Jesus loved us with the Fatherís love for all His children, this is the same love with which we love all the other babes, because we do what weíre told.

John 15:12  This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Mark 9:42  And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.

 

Weíve got to start in that one foundation and one vine of Jesus that even the babes can agree on.

John 6: 39  And this is the Fatherís will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

40  And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Matthew 18:14  Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

 

We have to start being built together on the one foundation that includes all the little ones in the word of faith in Jesus, before we can go on to be built together in all the rest of the word.  Together in the one vine, which is Jesus, abiding there in His love, we can feed the little ones the good fruit of the Spirit, to nourish them in the word and faith of God that they need in order to grow.  Thatís easy for the little ones that know how little they are in Godís family.  The hard part is in admitting to ourselves that we all need to grow in Christ, so that the little ones see Godís love in all of us but offense in none of us.

Matthew 18: 3  And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

4  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

5  And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

6  But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

 

The analogy of the good fruit that remains, is the same as the analogy of the part of Godís house that remains, not burned, by the trial of fire of the Holy Spirit sent by God.  The part of the house that remains after the trial by fire is the good part remaining from what we build together united on the foundation of Jesus.  The part of Godís building that survives the fire is the part that is not carnal and does not cause divisions, but causes unity in the one, eternal foundation, which is Jesus.  It is the surviving part of Godís eternal building, which we Christians are, that part built by the man who walks in the eternal Spirit, having crucified the old, carnal man of the flesh that used to cause divisions, and so was subject to sin, death, and certain destruction.

Romans 6:6  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Corinthians 3: 3  For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

4  For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?

1 Corinthians 3:9  For we are labourers together with God: ye are Godís husbandry, ye are Godís building.

1 Corinthians 3:11 ∂ For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

12  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

13  Every manís work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every manís work of what sort it is.

Hebrews 12:27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
29 For our God is a consuming fire.

 

The good fruit that remains, not burned by the husbandman, God, is the good fruit we bear while abiding in the vine of Jesus, and is the fruit of the Spirit we bear while abiding in Godís love for all His children.  Good fruit, produced in abundance, and shared with each other in the body of Christ, leads us together into unity of the faith.  This fruit of the Spirit is the fruit that each of us bears for one another in the body of Christ: the love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.  We each add these fruits of the Spirit to the seed which is the word and faith of God which we have together in the love of Christ, and this good fruit, which we bear *only* in fervent love for one another in the body, causes our brothers and sisters in Christ to be edified by that seed of Godís word, and to grow together in the unity of the faith in Christ, and in the word of God, which word and faith is the seed of all the good fruit we bear.  That fruit is how the unity of love produces the unity of faith.

Ephesians 4:12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

 

The first, most desirable fruit of the Spirit is ďagapeĒ brotherly love, the love of each of us children of God for one another, loving each other with Brother Jesusí own brotherly love for every one of us.

Galatians 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love<agape>, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Ephesians 5:9  (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

1 Corinthians 13:8 ∂ Charity<agape> 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.

1 Corinthians 13:13  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity<agape>.

 

We Christians must all be born again.  And if we are born again at all, then we are born again into that agape brotherly love for all believers in Jesus.  And it is by that seed we are born again, through the Spirit, of Godís eternal word that remains and is incorruptible.

 

In particular, we are born by the part of Godís word that teaches us Christian unity in fervent love of the brethren.

1 Peter 1:22  Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

23  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

 

This birth by the seed of this word in Christian unity is now and will forever remain, Godís eternal purpose for the body of Christ.

Ephesians 1:10  That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

 

And this Christian unity born in fervent love of the brethren is also the new commandment of Jesus, and part of the first most important commandment of all.

Mark 12:30  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

1 John 4:21  And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

John 13:34  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

 

This eternal brotherly love of ours must include all who show repentance, righteousness, and brotherly love, believing in Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins, which includes brethren in Christ who are of all Christian denominations and groups.

Romans 3:22  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

1 John 4:7 ∂ Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

 

This seed of Godís word and faith in Christ concerning Christian unity bears all the fruit of the Spirit, if the Spirit of Christ is in us.  And ďfruitĒ, in the parables of Jesus, refers to the words and deeds of a person as the product of the spirit within them, and the fruit is the only sure indication of what kind of spirit is inside that person, whether the Spirit of Christ, or some other spirit.

Matthew 12:33  Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

34  O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

35  A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

 

This is a vital concept to Christian unity because, if we donít stop at denominational boundaries, then we have to be able to sort out those Christians with whom we are to unite, as opposed to false prophets who lead us away from gathering to each other in Christ.  Those Christians who unite in Jesus show us all the desirable fruit of the Spirit that draws us all together to each other in Jesus, not apart.  Ravenous wolves want to get the sheep alone, away from the one flock, and away from the protection of the one, true Shepherd.  Good fruit draws men in because the fruit is desirable; it draws them in to each other to righteousness and brotherly love in Jesus, drawing together those who bear fruit only in Jesus, as it draws all men in to unity in Jesus who is the one, true vine.  The plant or branch that bears good fruit in Jesus does not bear thorns, and does not bear bad fruit, and offers no obstruction to unity in the one vine, Jesus.

Matthew 7: 15 ∂ Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheepís clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

18  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

 

If you can see righteousness and brotherly love in one who claims to be a Christian by believing in their salvation because of the Bibleís account of the sacrifice of Jesus, then you must treat them as brethren, acknowledging the Spirit of Christ that must be inside of them, because they bear the fruit of the Spirit.  If they agree in the word, name, and blood of Christ, bearing the fruit of the Spirit, we must not deny their brotherhood with us in Christ.  We must otherwise leave the hidden things of the heart for God alone to judge.

Romans 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Matthew 12:33  Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

 

We must decide based on fruits, and our very souls are at risk in the decision.  There is great harm if we decide fruits wrong, if we mistakenly deny our brotherís brotherhood with us in Christ, and if it turns out, in fact, that he truly is our brother in Christ.  If we deny him as a brother in Christ, then we are saying that those words we hear him say, as well as the actions we see him do, convey to us that the faith and word of Christ is not in him.  If we are mistaken when we deny that the Spirit of Christ within him could produce those outward fruits we see him bear, then we run the risk of blaspheming the Holy Spirit in that Christian, which is the sin that will not be forgiven, neither in this life, nor in the next.

 

But Jesus is the one in whom Godís house is united, and the one into whom all believers are gathered together in unity.  He who has been given all power in heaven and earth, has already spoiled Satanís house in this earth.  So for Godís purposes in Christian unity, decide we must, and on the basis of the fruit we see.  The rest is for God to sort out.  Godís the Lord of the harvest, and the husbandman of all the fruit produced.  He does all the pruning, and He will set fire to the clippings soon enough.

John 12:31  Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

John 14:30  Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

Matthew 28:18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Matthew 12:28  But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

29  Or else how can one enter into a strong manís house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

30  He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

31  Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

32  And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

33  Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

34  O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

35  A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

36  But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

37  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

 

It is for the purpose of Christian unity that we must make the decision regarding who are our brethren in Christ, by knowing the fruit they offer to us.  It is a decision that involves great risk, but it is a risk that is easily manageable, because the fruit of the Spirit is not complicated.  The outwardly apparent fruit we bear to one another of the inward Spirit of Christ, who is in all Christians, can all be summed up as righteousness and brotherly love, as long as we all believe to repentance in the Bibleís account of the sacrifice of Jesus for the remission of our sins.  In fact, all the commands of Jesus can be summed up as commands of righteousness and brotherly love, including the only command He called new or His own.

Galatians 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Ephesians 5:9  (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

 

By righteousness and brotherly love, we Christians give evidence of the Spirit who is in us all.

1 John 3:10  In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

 

It is thus vital to Christian unity in love of all believers, of every Christian denomination and group, that we understand the ďfruitsĒ as used throughout the parables of Jesus.  Brethren united with us in the one vine, who is Christ, grow good fruits.  We know them by their fruits, only when we know the fruits in Christian unity in love for all believers.

 

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