“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” John 12:24
With this passage from John 12, Yeshua tries to make it clear that we must die to ourselves, just as a corn of wheat first dies in the earth before it starts to grow and brings forth fruit. Only when we die to ourselves do we bring forth much fruit. And it is His will that we bring forth much fruit. A hundredfold, as He says in the parable of the sower (Matthew 13).
We can only bring forth fruit if we abide in Him. We cannot bear fruit of ourselves:
“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 15:4
So we must die to everything in us that is not “in Him.” Everything that is “of ourselves”. What do we have to die from? What is “of ourselves” that we have to give up in order to bear fruit? And what does “in Him” mean? What is the deeper message?
To abide in Him is where we are one with Him, just as He was one with the Father:
“The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” John 5:19
Yeshua could do nothing without the Father. As He was connected with the Father, we must be connected with Him to bear much fruit. And we are connected with Him when His truth is in our mind and heart.
So it is about dying of all thoughts “of ourselves” that are not His truth. All our “own” thoughts in our “own” heart and mind (Genesis 6:5). Everything we think we know better than He does. Less and less from me, more and more from Him. So that His thoughts become my thoughts, and therefore His ways become my ways (Isaiah 55:8). So that His Kingdom will form within us (Luke 17:21).
“He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30