“Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”
In the earlier verses of John 15, Jesus described Himself as the “Vine” and His disciples as the “branches”. As branches are expected to be fruit-bearing, the disciples are also expected to “bear much fruit”.
What does it mean to be fruit-bearing disciples? According to the following Scriptural teaching, fruit-bearing disciples will have spiritual qualities, conduct and activities. Firstly, they will bear “the fruit of the Spirit”, which according to the apostle Paul, “is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance” (Gal. 5:22-23). Those Christ-like traits characterise the lives of those who follow Christ as His disciples. Secondly, thanksgiving and praise offered to God are also deemed fruit-bearing (Hebrews 13:15). Thirdly, fruit-bearing can refer to living a holy and righteous life (Ephesians 2:10; 5:9; Philippians 1:11; Colossians 1:10; Hebrews 12:11). Fourthly, the Bible also identifies lovingly and sacrificially giving to meet the needs of others as fruit-bearing (Romans 15:28; Philippians 4:17).
As we bear fruit, we glorify God, and thus we prove ourselves to be genuine disciples of Christ!