I am the vine and you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 tells us that Jesus is the vine, and in order to be effective Christians we must constantly be attached to Him. If we pull away from him we will begin to backslide. The event of salvation, in that moment is not a fruitful happening, in this statement is talking about after we become saved. We are not automatically fruitful once we become saved so we must plug into Christ. We must yield our lives to him and respond to the Holy Spirit in order to bear fruit. We can do nothing of spiritual value if we are not plugged into Christ, we must abide in him always and keep His word in our hearts in order to produce spiritual fruit. If we are not fruitful we will still be saved, but we will be of no more use than to the work of the kingdom than the branches a farmer prunes off because they bear no fruit.
Jesus tells the disciples that He loves them, and he tells them to remain in this love. He tells them that in order to remain in His love the disciples must remain in his commandments, because Jesus obeyed His Father’s commandments to stay in His Father’s love. Jesus tells the disciples this so that his joy will be in them and so that joy will be complete.
Jesus then explains to the disciples that if it feels like the world hates them that they should remember that the world hated him first. Jesus says that we do not belong to this world because Jesus has chosen us out of the world and that is the reason that the world may hate us.
An instance of the imagery of the vine in the Old Testament come from Psalm 80. In verses eight and nine the psalmist says to God, “You brought a vine out of Egypt, you drove out the nations and planted it. You cleared the ground for it; it took deep root and filled the land. Also Isaiah 5:l-2 says “my beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill, He expected it to yield grapes, but...
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