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24 May 2015

John 15 - Part I
The True Vine

 

In chapter 14 of John, we covered the Comforter and who it is. Additionally, that it is the Father that draws us, and points us to Christ; Then Jesus reveals a depth of the Father that the world does not know. The promise of “another Comforter” was the promise of a different mind-set which emphasizes the principle of love.

John 15:1-8: 1. I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2. Every branch in me that bears not fruit he takes away: and every branch that bears fruit, he purges [literal = to cleanse, fig. of to prune] it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 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. 5. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 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. 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. 8. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

Who are the branches? we are the branches. Who is the vine? Jesus Christ is the vine from where the branch (mankind) gets its nourishment. Who is the husbandman, or the one tending the vine? It is the Father. As a husbandman prunes the vine each year to produce more fruit, the Father, through Jesus, prunes away the error of darkness so that we might produce more spiritual fruit. Therefore, we become clean/pure because of the words spoken to us by Jesus. No one becomes pure just by reading the Bible. As we read and study the Bible, the spirit of the Lord speaks to the heart, the words we need to hear and understand. Anyone not receiving His words becomes spiritually withered. But when we hear and do, we glorify the Father with our fruit.

He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: As a branch disconnected from the vine cannot bear fruit, so must we abide in Christ in order to bear spiritual fruit. Many believe that when you pray for the Holy Spirit, that it enters the body somehow, and dwells there - now they have the Holy Spirit. But it is when we receive his words we have his spirit (Ezekiel2:1-2), and we abide in him by way of his way of understanding. It is Christ’s words that must abide in us in order to be fruitful and our prayer requests will be more meaningful. Figuratively, what is it that is pruned away from the sinner? The false ideas we have concocted or that we have been taught about God. The better we understand the Father,Son and the cross, the easier it will be to avoid false teachings. Additionally, by understanding self, we are able to overcome the sin in our lives.

The branches that do not abide in the vine are gathered by men and cast into fire. Anyone not abiding in Christ and receiving his words, will be gather by man, one way or another. As to religion, they are gather by the false teachings of man. What is the fire into which they are cast?Mark9:47-48: 47.And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out (get rid of old understanding): it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God (His understanding) with one eye,than having two eyes to be cast into hell(g1067) fire(ghenna fire): 48. Where their worm(sin-nature) dies not, and the fire (within themselves) is not quenched. John the Baptist was said to be a burning and shining light, which is positive. The negative is the fire of anger and all the negative and dead things that burn within the heart of person when they will not walk with Christ in the truth. James 3:5-6: 5. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindles! 6. And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell(g1067) (ghenna fire). Words come from thoughts, and words out of the mouth defile a person. So the fire is not literal, and likely many may not know they have a fire burning inside them. Here is another verse to prove that the fire is spiritual: Isaiah 42:25: Therefore he hath poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle: and it hath set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart.

John 15:9-16: 9. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 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.
11. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. 12. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 15. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what his lord does: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. 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.

What did Jesus mean by keep my commandments? In context, the “commandments” refer back to verse 3. It DOES NOT refer to the ten commandments, as many suppose. Notice he parallels our keeping his commands to him keeping his Father’s commands. Jesus lived with the Father in eternity when nothing was written down. Jesus always kept what was spoken to him by the Father (cf John 12:49-50), just as we are to keep what Jesus speaks to us, and therefore our joy will be fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Jesus continues to emphasize that we are to love one another as he loved us. He proved it by laying down his life for the whole world. When we follow what Jesus tells us, we are considered friends.

Jesus said that a servant knows not what his lord does. What does a servant indicate spiritually and what keeps the servant from knowing Jesus? We can be servant to other opinions as to what the Bible means; or, we can be a servant by our own opinion if we read the Bible and take it all as literal. Romans 7:6: But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. People who serve the letter of the law are spiritually dead, and do not understand the spiritual law, which Jesus explained, and therefore are servants to the law. Without realizing it, people can be servants to other men’s opinions of the Bible. It is the main reason we are to study for ourselves.

Freedom, however, is in Christ alone. Every person needs to determine who they are serving, and make a change if needed. Luke 6:43-45: 43. For a good tree brings not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 44. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of [from] thorns men do not gather figs, nor of [from] a bramble bush gather they grapes. 45. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for [out] of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Amen.

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