The Vine And The Branches

John 15:1-5–I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 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. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 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. 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.

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In these verses Jesus speaks of our relationship with Him. Our relationship with Him is to be a sharing of life and a sharing of purpose.  The spiritual life and its nature flows from Jesus into us, much as the life and the nature of a vine flows into its branches.  This is to result in us bearing fruit.  Without him, in our own natural ability, we can do nothing.  “We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us” (2 Corinthians 4:7).  Our Heavenly Father desires that we bear much fruit and He therefore purges and removes from us that which does not contribute to the production of fruit.  This is the pruning away of the old nature, the flesh, the old ways of thinking, and the old ways of acting and living.  The cutting, purging instrument is the word of God, the sword of the Spirit.  Jesus said, “You are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you” (John 15:3).  As we saw yesterday, “The word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  We must continually expose ourselves to this word of God and the purging and cleansing it produces.

We must abide and maintain this vital relationship with Jesus where He is in us and we are in Him.  We must draw upon and receive into our self the life and nature of Jesus day by day.  As we do this we will grow, be strong, and bear much fruit.  “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples” (John 15:8).

Meditate on this abiding relationship. Let us think deeply and continuously upon it until it goes beyond a head knowledge to an experiential knowledge.  Until it goes beyond something we know to something we experience.  He is in us.  We are in Him.