These are the words of Jesus, as he spoke to his disciples a most valuable lesson as he sent them out into the world to bring salvation to the lost sheep. He begins instructing them in this manner as he said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I AM THE TRUE VINE; you are the BRANCHES. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bear much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. (John 15:1-8 ESV)
The question that is before you today my brothers and sisters, is this, “Will you except Jesus invitation to ABIDE IN HIM, and become a fruit bearing soul winner? He spoke clearly and said to each of you, “I AM,” Jesus is, the “I AM” that lives within each of you. Remember when Moses asked God who do he tell Pharaoh that it was who sent him. God simply said, tell him, “I AM,” sent you. Here again, Jesus speaks truth to power when he says, “I AM THE TRUE VINE, you are the BRANCHES. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bear much fruit.
Just as a branch derives life from the VINE, so the believer derives life from Jesus. The Lord not only calls his followers to carry out a great mission and live a godly life, but he also gives them the power to do both. All they must do is remain close to him, and Jesus will infuse them with his life. In a very real sense, Jesus branched out through his followers.
However, in order to teach his followers how to abide in the VINE, he often used nature as a tool to illustrate Spiritual Truth, and the organic metaphor in this passage speaks of reproductive life. The VINE, BRANCHES and FRUIT constitute an integrated biological system in which the Fruit is the abundant product of life that is derived from the nutrients in the soil.
Just as the branch must receive its life from the VINE, so BELIEVERS must depend upon and look to the life of Christ within them to find their Spiritual Vitality. And just as the fruit nourishes others and contains within itself the seeds of its own reproduction, so the outward manifestation of the life of Christ in us nourishes and reproduces his life in others. If any part of the system malfunctions, the byproduct of fruit will fail to appear. This is the real reason that you must understand, comprehend, pray on, and finally meditate on what Jesus meant when he said, “I AM THE TRUE VINE; you are the BRANCHES. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bear much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” “AMEN!” THANK YOU JESUS FOR THE TRUTH OF YOUR WORD!
- Jesus, the True Vine (momentumink.wordpress.com)
- Abiding in Love (goldenbible.wordpress.com)
- Apart From Me You Can Do Nothing! (carlgobelman.wordpress.com)
- ” He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit” (worryisuseless.wordpress.com)
- An Epiphany From a Muscadine Grape Vine (ronpogue.typepad.com)
- Sunday (May 6): “By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.” (shechina.wordpress.com)
- Wednesday (May 9): “Remain in me, as I remain in you.” (shechina.wordpress.com)
- Fruitful Lives (genesisone.wordpress.com)