“For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
For if these things
“These things” are the chorus of seven character qualities of the previous verses arising from one’s faith. Every time the words “these things” occur, they refer to the seven building blocks of Christian character.
When a Christian develops the seven sub-structures of his faith, he will be effective and productive. The necessary consequence of adding one characteristic to another is fruit and productivity.
These seven qualities will cause five effects in verses eight and nine.
The words “are yours” imply possession and point out that the seven characteristics of the previous verses “belong” to Christians who grow. As these qualities increase in measure, so does effectiveness.
The word “are” is not the normal word for “are.” The word in this verse is a strong word for “are.” This word “are” means to be identical with, to be in a state, normally with the implication of a particular set of circumstances. It carries the idea to exist, particularly concerning ownership. This always involves a pre-existent state, prior to the fact referred to, and a continuance of the state after the fact. Thus in Philippians 2:6, the phrase “who being in the form of God” implies Christ’s pre-existent deity, previous to His Birth, and His continued deity afterward.
The word “are” means that which is from the beginning. Something attaches itself to a person and thus belongs to him. The character qualities of verses five through seven are not spasmodic, here one day and gone tomorrow. All these qualities lie resident in every child of God.
Character belongs to those who grow.
Any Christian can draw upon these resources whenever he chooses to do so. It is one thing to have these qualities “exist” in us, and it is another for them to “super-abound” in us.
All these qualities lie resident in the child of God. Most of us have the potential to walk, but we will not walk until we take the first few steps. The crawling infant may fear a loss of balance and falling. He may fall at first, but later, when he gains confidence in balancing himself, he finds the joy of the powers of walking and later running. First, we have the beginning state (“are”), then we move to “super-abounding.”
God makes us fit for heaven. We were fit for hell; now, we are fit for heaven. Are you fit for heaven? The only One who can rearrange your life is the One who can save your soul. He does it in this order: first, He saves your soul, then He rearranges your life.
Co 1:12, “Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.”