Be burned. Israel rebelled against God. Ok. Now we finally come to the branch. A.3 This claim links Jesus indispensably with life. startxref So there is one purpose, but two ways the Gardener accomplishes it. thoughts to the power of hate and warned His disciples about the coming [See the note on 13:13-17 in Study 17, section B]. When, as a result of the work of the gracious hand of God, a person truly repents and truly believes in the Son of God, Jesus Christ, that person is, at the same time as that act of repenting and believing, being regenerated by the Spirit of God. 0000011971 00000 n Here, Jesus describes Himself as, "The True Vine," which underscores the importance of fruitfulness in the Christian life. We must be intimately connected with Him if we want to bear fruit. ", Our Next Study Is:The Work of the Holy Spirit. The people devoted to God are recognized by the evil spirits, which are satan and his spirits, or demons. more fruit.". before it hated you. Don’t be a worthless branch. Neither of these two outcomes is optional. 0000011837 00000 n Though he had been with Christ physically, yet what he is doing at the very moment the Jesus is speaking of abiding/remaining to the other eleven reveals how far he actually is from Christ. a bondservant to Christ, but that the Lord treats His Followers far It is the great love in which a man lays down his life for his friends . if you were Abraham’s children then you would. Some are true. It is a garden! In this claim Jesus explicitly identifies himself as the true vine, that is, the genuine vine, as opposed to false vines, and in this identification renders invalid and unproductive any relationship with any other source of spiritual nourishment and life. Refer back to 13:1-11, where Jesus indicates that the twelve disciples, except Judas, are clean. Verse 7 tells us that the as the vine Jesus will give whatever we wish for. This thought of fruit [outcomes, results, evidence] has not been far from us right through this gospel: Some people understand fruit to be souls saved. He is about to be humiliated and killed. This verse outlines the fate of those who do not have this essential life-giving union with Jesus Christ. We go to our unbelieving friends, unbelieving teachers, unbelieving government, etc. result of our work in Christ, proves that we are His disciples. xref Discipline or trials. The ‘light’ claim presupposed knowledge of God as the Light of Israel, of Israel ’s intended role of bringing light to the Gentiles, and of prophecies of the Messiah as the one who would bring light. As the branch cannot bear We abide in Him by letting His words abide in His. remembrance the things Jesus had said, (John When cutting those rose bushes part of you wants to leave them there, not to cut off the pretty flowers. He is the Gardener. There is no way the carnal mind can love and accept the teachings of Jesus. We are abiding in Him if we obey His commands in every aspect of our life including: our business life, our family life, our personal life, etc. If we are stubborn we will need to be pruned more often. Now he tells us that we are to love him just as he loves us. Most believe the term, "takes away," means to remove, and may It is quite common for people to emphasise the word ‘abide’ rather than the ‘in me’, taking the significance away from the essential relationship with Christ and onto a perceived human action. The image of the vine and branch is particularly apt. In addition, this context draws our attention to one of the twelve, Judas, who did not ‘remain’ or ‘abide’ in Christ. I have heard it compared to a burglar tiptoeing past the guard 17These things I command you, so that you will love one Jesus said: ‘A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is already clean.’ [ 13:10s ]. To understand this verse and the next it is helpful to compare it with John 14:13,14. Remaining , or abiding, in Christ, then, is seen to be no different from what has previously been referred to as believing in him, following him, coming to him, drinking of the water that he gives, eating his flesh, knowing him, and so on. Because they are his friends, not servants, he has told them everything that he learned from his Father . The branches are those who profess Christ, profess to follow Him. Remember the meaning of the word – it is to ‘abide’ – to have one’s normal dwelling place. John 15: 1-27: How can we ensure that God gets the glory for any of “our” fruit? It helps us to understand this verse and the next if we substitute live or have our permanent dwelling place for abide or remain. the Gospel of John. persecute you.
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