"The branch cannot bear fruit of itself"

(see also Means to Holiness)

Practical Motives

1. It is our joy to be holy. most holy = most happy

2. To avoid the consequences of sin. shame, guilt, pain, etc.

3. To not bring dishonor to the Name and cause of Christ.

4. To avoid afflictions and correction.

5. Baptism. God's Name is upon us.

6. To win others by our godly conversation.

7. Sin is dangerous. sin hardens, darkens, blinds, deceives, leads to error and presumption, etc.


Scriptural Motives

1. The command of God. "be ye holy"

2. Sin brings forth death. wages of sin = death

3. We were created to be holy. for the purpose of glorifying God

4. God is our Creator. He has a claim on our hearts and lives.

5. Consider the examples of others. be warned by those who sinned; be encouraged by those who overcame through the blood of the Lamb

6. The final judgment. sin will not be hid; sin will not go unpunished


Spiritual Motives

1. To abide in communion and closeness to God. effect of sin = separation from God

2. The attributes of God. God's love constrains, God's holiness compels, God's knowledge persuades, etc.

3. The desire to be like Christ. hungering and thirsting after righteousness

4. Assurance. without holiness there can be no assurance

5. To not be found sleeping when the Lord returns.

6. Indwelling of the Holy Spirit. the believer in Christ is the temple of the Holy Spirit


Eternal Motives

1. The reality of hell and heaven.

2. Life is short. to live in the light of eternity

3. The believer in Christ shall one day be without sin. to long for and desire perfection now

4. Present sin detracts from future glory.


Saving Motives

1. Sin cost Jesus so much.

2. His blood is of eternal value.

3. To love Him because He first loved. "Thy love constraineth"

4. Sinning against love grieves the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

5. Forgiveness constrains.

6. Satan is already defeated.

7. The victory is assured through Jesus Christ.

8. To belong to your faithful Saviour. (1 Cor. 6:15, 19)

9. To have been bought with a price and redeemed with the blood of the Lamb. (1 Cor. 6:20)




John 15:1   I am the true Vine, and My Father is the Husbandman.

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.

John 15:3   Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

John 15:4   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.

John 15:5   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.

John 15:6   If a man abide not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

John 15:7   If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

John 15:8   Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be My disciples.

John 15:9   As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you: continue ye in My love.

John 15:10   If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love; even as I have kept My Father's commandments, and abide in His love.

John 15:11   These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

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

John 15:13   Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:14   Ye are My friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

John 15:15   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.

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.

John 15:17   These things I command you, that ye love one another.