December 28th, 2023
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.” – John 15:5-6 NKJV
Jesus is speaking in these verses about those who abide, or do not abide, in Him. He is the Christ, the Anointed One. If we want to bear much fruit, then we must abide in Him and Him in us. Short of that, we can do nothing.
John 15 contains one of the “I am” statements Jesus makes in the Gospel of John. In these statements, Jesus reveals who He is and what happens when we come to believe in Him. Here, Jesus confesses that He is the “true vine” (John 15:1), and describes what happens when we accept this about Him: we will bear much fruit.
The metaphor is of a vine, its branches, and its fruit, but the reality is Christ, Christians, and Christ-like accomplishments. If the branches abide in the vine, they will bear fruit, so the Christian who abides in Christ will act like a Christian. There will come forth everything that we expect from Christians: the fruits of the Spirit, Christ-like behavior, and Christian endeavors of every kind.
Those who do not abide in the vine, or never were in the vine, may believe they can do whatever they think is right and it will be meaningful or bear fruit.
But if we want accomplishments in life that will last, then abiding in Christ is the key.
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