Here is a glimpse of Jesus the true vine in John 15.
John 15: 1-2
When Jesus spoke to his disciples, he said to them: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the winegrower. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that bears fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. (John 15: 1-2) But the disciples must have wondered what that meant? One of the symbols of ancient Israel was that of a vine … and a fruitful vine, but Israel failed to produce the fruit to which it was called and was a barren vine, so Jesus reminds them that every branch that does not produce is taken away and pruned, but it is not done to kill the branch but in order to produce more fruit. We prune our roses in the fall so that they produce more roses in the spring, and to the naked eye, it looks like I’m destroying it, but by pruning it, it produces more, even if it can seem painful to the rose bush. .
Is God Pruning Us?
Did you produce more fruit after being pruned? Give an example.
John 15: 3-4
When Jesus was talking about the size of the branch he said “You are already pure because of the word I spoke to you. Remain in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vineyard, neither can you, unless you abide in me. (John 15: 3-4), so part of how the disciples were cleansed was because of the word Jesus spoke to them. They had received the words of Jesus and had believed him, so by believing they were saved and thus purified. A branch that does not produce fruit needs a little help because, as Jesus said, “the branch cannot bear fruit on its own” any more than a branch can produce an apple detached from the tree. ‘tree.
How do Jesus’ words keep us clean?
What did Jesus mean when he said “Abide in me?”
How can we abide in Christ?
Can we produce anything outside of Jesus (John 15: 5)?
John 15: 5
If we begin to understand that unless we abide in Christ, who is the Real vine, we can’t produce anything good, we will just produce wax fruit. It may sound good to the eye, but when someone tastes the fruit they will see that it is not real, so Jesus reminds us all, “I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in me and I in him, it is he who bears much fruit, for without me you can do nothing. (John 15: 5). The point is outside of Christ, we can’t do anything at all… or we can’t do anything, and nothing is not a little something… it’s like Paul asks, “What is wrong with you that you don’t?” have not received from God (1 Cor 4: 7), and I found a big, big zero!
Can you tell the difference between wax and real fruit?
What about the nice little lady next door who does a lot of good but isn’t saved? Isn’t this fruit real?
Why does Jesus use the analogy that he is the vine and we are the branch?
Who can we be “in Him” or in Christ?
John 15: 6
When Jesus speaks to his disciples, he tells them “If anyone does not abide in me, he is thrown like a branch and withers; and the branches are picked up, thrown into the fire, and burned ” (John 15: 6), and many people think it refers to hell, but other Bible scholars believe it refers to unproductive Christians who do not abide in Christ and therefore cannot produce fruit (John 15: 5). Does this refer to the judgment of unbelievers or those who failed to produce fruit and God can get them home early. It seems out of place for Jesus to warn his own disciples, whom he had just said as “pure” (John 15: 3), that they would end up in the fire if they did not abide in Christ and bear no fruit.
Do you think that the branches picked up and “thrown into the fire” concern believers who fall or those who profess?
Christ but you haven’t really been saved?
Is the “if” as in “If anyone does not abide in me, he is thrown like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned “(John 15: 6), a proviso or” if you do not abide in me, are you cast into the fire? “
John 15: 7
Jesus continues his conversation with his disciples, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask what you want and it will be done for you” (John 15: 7), and so this is the third time Jesus told the disciples to “abide in” Him, so abiding in Christ must be of crucial importance to us, otherwise Jesus would never have repeated it three times. times, but here Jesus promises that if we abide in him, we can ask for whatever we want and it will be done for us, but that does not mean that we can pray for whatever we want, because a child who gets whatever he wants might end up asking playing with a carving knife, and God loves us too much to let us get hurt, but I think Jesus says whatever we want we get, if it’s in. God’s will for our lives.
What does the word “remain” mean to you?
Is this chapter written only to the disciples or to us and them or to the lost?
John 15: 8
In the last passage we’ll cover, Jesus says “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and thus be my disciples” (John 15: 8), but what is the “by this?” It may have referred to the verse that if you abide in Christ, you (and I) will bear fruit and when we bear fruit we will. “Turn out to be (His) disciple.” The fruit shows that we are tied or abiding in the vine because the fruit cannot be produced if it is not attached to the vine or the branch of the tree, and neither can we produce lasting works or fruits without abiding in Christ, because remember, He said, “apart from me you can’t do anything” (John 15: 5), and nothing is always zero!
How is God glorified by our fruits?
How does the fruit prove that we are disciples of Jesus (Eph 2:10)?
Why does he say that we can bear “much fruit?”
What does this fruit look like in the leather of shoes?
Article by Jack Wellman
Jack Wellman is the pastor of Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the host of Spiritual fitness and senior writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage and energize Christians and answer questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.