The True Vine!!!

Friday Psalm 27 1

 

Have a Wonderful and Blessed day!! The True Vine!!!

John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
John 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
John 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
John 15:4 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.
John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
John 15:6 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.
John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
John 15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
John 15:10 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.
John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Making His way toward the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus declared that He was the True Vine. Those abiding in Him would bear much fruit. Jesus took time to describe the significance of His position as the Vine and the great care afforded the branches.

Jesus declared He was the Way, the Truth, and the Life, these comments followed their intimate time within the Upper Room. Jesus and the disciples are at this moment making their way to the Garden of Gethsemane. In a very short time Jesus will be arrested and taken to stand before the high priest and Sanhedrin.

While we cannot know for certain, many scholars think Jesus and the disciples likely passed a vineyard as they made their way to Gethsemane. Seeing another moment to teach the disciples an eternal lesson, Jesus used the vineyard as an object lesson. I can imagine Jesus stopping beside a well-kept vine, full of promise for the coming harvest, as He spoke these words. How awesome is our Lord when we look at his life and the awesome example he was, still is, and the examples he gave us. How awesome will Heaven be as the Disciples daily walking with him learning, growing, praising him. We won’t have the wickedness, won’t have death, wicked sins to deal with it will be as this scene we read about walking and it all being about our Precious Lord Jesus and will not have to contend with distractions of which many are evil.

We are some two thousand years removed from the words Jesus spoke on that faithful night, and yet they remain as powerful today as they were then. There is eternal truth that we must consider and embrace as we consider these words. When we see these eternal truths as we consider Jesus’ declaration of: The True Vine.

I. The Authenticity of the Vine (1) – I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Consider:

A. The Vine’s Character – I am the true vine. Jesus declared that He was the true vine. We must consider the context of this statement and the events that had recently taken place. Jesus had lived and ministered in and around Jerusalem for some three and a half years, revealing Himself as the Christ. Israel had often been referred to in Scripture as a vine. The Jews were zealous in their obedience to the Law and felt as if they were doing what was required to be found acceptable to God. Jesus in essence declared to the disciples that the other approaches, and all who had come before Him were inadequate to secure acceptance to God. He alone was the True Vine, the sole means of salvation and reconciliation to God.

The world would have us believe that all religions are the same, that we all serve the same God, and we are all going to the same heaven – we are just heading that way on different paths. That may be popular philosophy, but it certainly isn’t consistent with the teaching of Jesus or biblical doctrine. Jesus is the True Vine. He alone is the source of salvation and reconciliation to God. If we are to be acceptable to the Father, having assurance of eternal life in heaven, we must abide in the Ture Vine!

B. The Vine’s Caretaker (1) – I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Jesus also declared that His Father was the husbandman, the gardener, the one who oversaw the vineyard. He had sent His only begotten Son as the True Vine to secure salvation for the entire vineyard. The Father watched over and cared for the well-being of the vineyard. He is involved in every aspect of the vineyard and cares for every detail of the vine.

Isn’t that a comforting thought? If you are in Christ, the Vine, you are part of the vineyard. The heavenly Father watches over and provides for the needs of the vineyard. Just as we tend to our gardens the Lord tends to us his children and all of our needs.

II. The Attention to the Vineyard – Jesus went on the describe the attentive detail given to the vineyard by the Gardner. He revealed this involved:

A. Pruning the Vine:
John 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away. First Jesus revealed the delicate care given to the branches that were not bearing fruit. Keep in mind, these branches are attached to the vine. They are responsible for bearing fruit and expected to do so. Jesus declared the Father “takes away” those branches that do not bear fruit. (I am thankful the Lord lovingly lifts me up at times!) He takes care of us like we take care of our gardens. He waters us, loves us, prunes us, and he will also remove us if we are contaminating the other branches as we take out weeds, plants that are getting bug eaten and stunting the growth of other things in the garden.

We don’t enjoy the pruning process, but it is necessary at times. The Lord must tenderly remove those areas from our lives that hinder our production. He will remove things that are stopping our growth, and causing harm to the others.

B. Purging the Vine– and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. This careful action by the gardener is similar to the first, but this actually involves branches that are producing fruit. The gardener carefully purges the branch in order to allow it to produce more fruit. This also includes pruning at times, removing particular portions of the branch in order to make it more productive. It also speaks of cleansing, literally purging the vine. This may include removing a portion of its blooms or particular shoots growing out from the branch. These may eventually produce fruit, but the fruit will be small and less desirable. By purging the vine, the gardener assures there will be an bountiful harvest, and the fruit will be full and desirable.

I love roses and Rose of Sharon trees, but if I let them become overgrown with no care and no pruning they will die out, they will not be as beautiful as they have the ability to be. We have to cut them back and wait for the next growth. Then we can have more flowers, blessings, and ministering opportunities.

This may be the most difficult process for the branch to endure. It has the potential to produce a measure of fruit, but the gardener seeks abundant fruit. The Lord at times purges our lives, removing things we may consider desirable to produce more fruit. This purging may not involve areas of life that are sinful or rebellious, but in fact hinder us from bearing much fruit. Sometimes we find things we want to do for the Lord, and it may not be a bad thing but if the Lord has a different plan for us he may take that idea out of our life and show us “this is not what I have for you”.

C. Purifying the Vine–
John 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Jesus declared the disciples had been cleansed through the words He had spoken. These had heard His word and believed He was the Christ. They had been attached to the Vine and were cleansed in Him. Their hope was not in obedience to the Law or specific traditions, but faith in Christ.

This process has not changed and it never will. In order to be cleansed from our sin, being attached to the Vine, and bearing fruit for Him, we must abide in Christ. He is the sole means of our salvation. Paul declared that we are saved by grace through faith; not of our works, lest any should boast. He also declared that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Hearing and receiving the Gospel is essential to salvation and being attached to the Vine.
Following salvation, the Word serves to keep our hearts clean before the Lord. The Word searches our hearts, revealing the sin and compels us to repent and seek restoration. The mirror of the Word reveals what is actually there. We must heed the Word and follow its direction.

This is how we grow spiritually:
*Reading the word of God
*Praying daily
*Fellowship with like-minded believers.
*AVOIDING THE THINGS OF DARKNESS

III. The Attachment to the Vine– Here Jesus spoke of those who abide in Him, being attached to the Vine. Consider:
John 15:4 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.
John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

A. The Admonition – Abide in me, and I in you. Jesus admonished the disciples to abide in Him, to continually depend on the Lord and strive to serve Him, so that He would be revealed mighty and providential in their lives. If these were to endure, they must abide in Christ!
Jesus did not speak of our ability to ensure our salvation through works that we perform. He is speaking of continual, continual fellowship as we abide in Him. Our only hope to endure the adversity we face while bearing fruit for the Lord is to abide in Him. We can’t give up the lord because we are offending the lost, the things of darkness, or because our feelings got hurt.

B. The Expectation – 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. Jesus declared the impossibility of bearing fruit apart from Him. If their lives were to be productive, they must continue to abide in Him. If we are serving some sin in our life we will not grow, we will stunt our growth and this is dangerous.

We must not miss the expectation Jesus revealed here. He admonished them to abide in the Vine so they would be able to produce fruit. That is the expectation for every believer. If we are in Christ, we are expected to bear fruit, without exception. If we are in Christ and not bearing fruit, we can expect the Lord to prune us, to remove the areas that have become dead in order to enhance production. If you aren’t producing, you might as well expect pruning!

C. The Production – I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit. After declaring His position in relation to theirs, Jesus declared all who abide in Him will bring forth much fruit. He is the Vine, we are the branches. He is the source and we are the servant. If we abide in Him, drawing from His wisdom, strength, and grace through the Spirit, we will bring forth much fruit. He has promised fruit, growth, JOY for those who abide in Him.

D. The Limitation – for without me ye can do nothing. I believe what He has told us in all his word, and we need to be obedient to his words if we want growth and fruit; Jesus declared we could do nothing apart from Him. We cannot produce fruit. The branch has no ability to produce; it simply reveals what is produced by the vine. If there is any fruit in any of our lives, it is there because the Lord produced it!
We have nothing to boast in ourselves. He provided the means of our salvation. It was given and received freely. If our lives bear any fruit of eternal value, it was produced by the Lord. He alone is worthy of recognition and praise!

This is a powerful and convicting passage of Scripture. Are we abiding in the Vine today? If so, is your life producing fruit? Maybe the Spirit has revealed some areas in your life that need to be dealt with. Bring those before the Lord and allow Him to tenderly prune them away, enabling us to be productive again.

OUR SAVIOR IS SO GOOD, SO STRONG AND SO MIGHTY!!! LETS SEE WHERE OUR LIFE NEEDS PRUNING TODAY!!

Who is on the Lord’s side? Who will serve the King?
Who will be His helpers, other lives to bring?
Who will leave the world’s side? Who will face the foe?
Who is on the Lord’s side? Who for Him will go?
By Thy call of mercy, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!
Not for weight of glory, nor for crown and palm,
Enter we the army, raise the warrior psalm;
But for love that claimeth lives for whom He died:
He whom Jesus saveth marches on His side.
By Thy love constraining, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!
Jesus, Thou hast bought us, not with gold or gem,
But with Thine own lifeblood, for Thy diadem;
With Thy blessing filling each who comes to Thee,
Thou hast made us willing, Thou hast made us free.
By Thy grand redemption, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!
Fierce may be the conflict, strong may be the foe,
But the King’s own army none can overthrow;
’Round His standard ranging, vict’ry is secure,
For His truth unchanging makes the triumph sure.
Joyfully enlisting, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!
Chosen to be soldiers, in an alien land,
Chosen, called, and faithful, for our Captain’s band;
In the service royal, let us not grow cold,
Let us be right loyal, noble, true and bold.
Master, wilt Thou keep us, by Thy grace divine,
Always on the Lord’s side—Savior, always Thine!

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

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