September 3, 2019 by directorfsm
“I am the true Vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that continues to bear fruit, He [repeatedly] prunes, so that it will bear more fruit [even richer and finer fruit]. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have given you [the teachings which I have discussed with you]. 4 Remain in Me, and I [will remain] in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself without remaining in the vine, neither can you [bear fruit, producing evidence of your faith] unless you remain in Me.5 I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for [otherwise] apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. (JOHN 15:1-6 AMP)
Yo soy la vid verdadera, y mi Padre es el viñador. 2 Todo sarmiento que en mí no da fruto, lo quita; y todo el que da fruto, lo poda[a] para que dé más fruto. 3 Vosotros ya estáis limpios por la palabra que os he hablado. 4 Permaneced en mí, y yo en vosotros. Como el sarmiento no puede dar fruto por sí mismo si no permanece en la vid, así tampoco vosotros si no permanecéis en mí. 5 Yo soy la vid, vosotros los sarmientos; el que permanece en mí y yo en él, ése da mucho fruto, porque separados de mí nada podéis hacer. (LBLA)
We have reached out final installment of our series on Jesus seven great “I AM” statements. Let us recap for a moment:
- “I am the bread of life.” (John 6:35)
- “I am the light of the world.” (John 8:12)
- I am the door of the sheep.” (John 10:7,9)
- “I am the good shepherd.” (John 10:11, 14)
- “I am the resurrection and the life.” (John 11:25)
- “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6)
Today’s verse has significant doctrinal implications that are often overlooked in modern evangelical circles. First as always CONTEXT :), we must look before and after our reading to get the Whole Counsel of God. Jesus has just finished telling the Apostles (13:16-31) about the coming of a helper (Holy Spirit). After giving them this great news He drops the bomb on them that along with the Holy Spirit there will be this other spirit, Satan, also roaming about to mess up their days. Yet Jesus as usual does not leave them hanging, He begins Chapter 14 with the analogy we see above of a Vine and branches.
Let us unfold scripture some and see if we can see what implications are here.
Why a Vine? Simply it was a very common sight of the times. Grape vines were everywhere in ancient Judea. So the Apostles could understand the picture Jesus was painting with words. A Vine once mature is strong, it is resilient and produces a lot of fruit.
So makes this declaration I am the true Vine, He is telling the Apostles that He is that strong resilient place that they can depend upon when the evil one comes. To insure they get it, he reaffirms the Father’s role in eternal life My Father is the vinedresser.
In v.2-3 we see that true believers are those who are like branches of the vine. Those that bear fruit are He [repeatedly] prunes constantly maintained (reproved, and disciplined). Those that bear no fruit He takes away, so as to not choke out the good vines and spoil the fruit.
We see Jesus’ stablemen in v.4 Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself without remaining in the vine, neither can you [bear fruit, producing evidence of your faith] unless you remain in Me. Which does not seem to give most folks any issue. Modern evangelicals get it we need Christ to bear fruit.
It is His declaration in v.5 that is often overlooked: apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. I hope you can see the doctrinal implications here. Jesus is, as I noted in yesterdays “I AM” study, making another very dogmatic declaration. He is clearly and unequivocally saying that apart from being in Union with Him all your works amount to nothing. Nothing we do spiritually is of any value apart from (disconnect from) Christ and even non-spiritual things done outside of Christ have little to no value in most all cases unless they are done for the Glory of God. How many churches are preaching and teaching this today? How many “Christians” are living this life as true branches of the vine today?
Grace to You: The Vine and the Branches