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2dlosnaI am the True Vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me 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. 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 15:1-6).

"The scene must be kept in mind. The Lord and His disciples had just eaten the last supper. He had said, "Arise, let us go hence" (14:31). They had risen, but were still standing in the room. On the table, from whence they had just risen, was the "fruit of the vine," and the Lord had said He would never drink it again upon the earth. In the Old Testament, the Vine is often used as the type of Israel, planted and tended by the Almighty as the husbandman. See Isa. 5:1 Psa 80:8-16 Jer. 2:21 . Israel, however, had proved a wild and fruitless Vine. Instead of it, therefore, Christ had now been planted by the Father as the True Vine."

life-in-the-vine-2Jesus the True Vine, is the source of life, of the branches! We, the disciples of Jesus, the body of Christ, are the branches! Unless we are connected to the True Vine, we are good for nothing, except to be burned in the fire! We are lifeless, without the life-giving source, as a branch that is disconnected from the vine. A branch that is disconnected from the vine, withers away and dies, as it has no source of nourishment. However, the branch that is connected to the vine is fruitful, healthy, and full of life! That branch, beareth much fruit! Likewise, the believer that remains connected to Jesus, bears much fruit! The husbandman cares for the vineyard, by pruning and dressing the branches, causing them to be healthy, and to bring forth much fruit. He cuts away the unfruitful branches. God our Father, the husbandman, also purgeth, or purifies, cleanses, and frees from sin, the "branches" that are connected to the True Vine, Jesus Christ.The unfruitful branches are severed. Jesus said to His disciples, "Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken  unto you." Then, He instructs His disciples to abide in Him. He reminded them of the branch, that if not connected to the vine, is unable to bear fruit of itself. So must they be connected to Him, that they bear fruit, for without Him, they are nothing! We must abide in Him. We must "remain, have our abode, reside, or dwell", in Him, if He is to continue to abide in us. Let nothing come between your soul and your Savior. Stay connected! Let nothing sever your most precious relationship with Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, and giver of eternal life! We must let nothing pluck us out of His hands! We must let nothing separate us from the love of God! Romans 8:35 says, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or distress, or peril, or sword?" Verse 37 says, "Nay, in all of these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us." It is only through Christ, that we are more than conquerors. Therefore, we must have God Almighty, abiding on the inside of us. We must be filled with His Spirit! With His spirit dwelling on the inside, we have the power to overcome every obstacle, every trial, and every temptation, that might cause us to become disconnected from the True Vine. "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love." As Jesus remained joined to the Father by a life of perfect obedience to Him, so  must we keep His commandments, that we abide in His love.

Therefore, children of God, stay connected to the True Vine, that your fruit may remain, and that you bear much fruit; the fruit of the Spirit, Galatians 5:22, the fruits of righteousness, Philippians 1:11, and the fruit of repentance, Matthew 3:8, that ye may bring glory, honor, and praise, to God Almighty! Remember, ye are known by your fruit, Matthew 7:15-20. May the Lord bless you abundantly, today and every day!

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1. Resources: BibleStudyTools.com

2. Holman Bible Dictionary