John 15.1-5, 16 – The True Vine
Posted: 17 June 2010 in John

“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.

Just as the famous verse in John 14.6 makes it clear that nobody can come to God except through Jesus, so chapter 15 goes on to make it clear that we can achieve nothing except through Jesus. We are here to be God’s hands and feet, but it must be Christ’s indwelling Spirit who directs our actions. It is needless to say that emptying ourselves of ourselves, so that God can take over, is easier said than done. It is nevertheless what we must pray for. A large part of dwelling in Christ will require us to immerse ourselves in his word, as that is revealed in the Bible.

“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”

Verse 16 is a useful reminder of God’s preeminent role in all of this. As ever he is the sovereign Lord, and he chose us to be his servants. We did not choose him.

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