The true vine (John 15:1-27) | back

 1I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Christ is the true Vine; the Heavenly Father is the Husbandman and the Caretaker of the vineyard.

 2Every 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. He lops off every branch that doesn't produce good fruit, and prunes those branches that bear fruit for larger crops. (Those who follow Christ are the branches, and because God loves you, you may get a little pruning at times).

 3Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Through the Word you are pruned back for greater strength. (It will keep you sharp).

 4Abide 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. Live with Christ dwelling within you. (Remember that the branch cannot bear fruit without the Vine).

 5I 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. Christ is the true Vine, we are the branches. Let Him dwell in you and you will produce good fruit. (Man is helpless on his own without God).

 6If 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. If you separate yourself from Christ, you will be as the tares in the end times that are gathered and burned. (Matthew 13).

 7If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. If you stay in Christ and His Word, you can ask any request if you need help and it will be granted. (If it produces fruit; not personal gain).

 8Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. My true disciples produce good fruit, and this brings great glory to the Heavenly Father. (Teaching the Word chapter by chapter, verse by verse with understanding).

 9As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. I have loved you as the Father loves Me. (Live within the love of Christ).

 10If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. If you keep My commandments! What commandments? The ten commandments still apply to us all, and we must try our best to keep them. We may all fall short at times, but that is why we have repentance. (When you slip up, ask the Heavenly Father for forgiveness).

 11These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. God wants you to be happy. Happy with the truth; and the truth will set you free.

 12This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. My commandment is that you love one another like I have loved you. (Written to those who follow Christ).

 13Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. The greatest love is when a person lays down his life for a friend. Christ is calling you friend; and He has laid His life down for you. (How would you return the favor)?

 14Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. You are My friend if you obey Me.

 15Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. I don't call you servants, because a servant does not know what his master does. But, I call you a friend because I have told you everything (through the Prophets and the Word), that My Father has shown Me.

 16Ye 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. We do not choose Christ, but rather He chooses us, and ordains His elect to produce good fruit. Good teachers in the Word! (Ephesians 1:4, Romans 8).

 17These things I command you, that ye love one another. He demands that we love each other. Again, He is speaking of the elect in Christ. Those who follow and obey Him and teach the truth of the Word. (Christians must stick together).

 18If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. You will get enough hate from the world, just as they hated Christ for what He stood for.

 19If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. The world would love you if you belonged to the world, but you don't. Christ chose us to be out of the world, and the world will hate you for it. (If you are in Christ, the things of this world should be a turn off to you)! (I John 2:15, I Corinthians 1:26-29).

 20Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. If they persecuted Christ and you are a follower of Christ, be ready for a little persecution yourself. But, if you teach the truth, it will be received. (Remember that you can only plant the seed of truth; it is up to our Heavenly Father to make it take).

 21But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. Again, the people of the world will persecute you because you belong to Christ. Why? Because they do not know God! How many times have people criticized, laughed, or ignored you when you shared a truth of the Word with them? (Usually from friends and family).

 22If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. They would not be guilty if I had not come and spoken to them. But now they have no excuse for their sin. (One is not guilty of sin when in ignorance, but when you share a truth of the Word with them, they no longer have an excuse by ignorance). Sin is to transgress the law. (I John 3:4).

 23He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If you hate Christ, you hate God! (Emmanuel; God with us).

 24If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. If I hadn't done such mighty miracles among them, they would not be counted guilty. But, they saw all these miracles and yet they still hated Me and the Father. (They observed Lazarus raised from the dead, and they still did not believe)!

 25But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. This fulfilled what the prophets had said concerning the Messiah; they hated Me without reason. (Psalms 35:19).

 26But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me. But, I will send you a Comforter, "The Holy Spirit" (God's Spirit), the source of all truth. The Holy Spirit will come to you from the Father and tell you all about Me.

 27And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning. And you must also tell everyone about Me, because you have been with Me from the beginning. (You have power over Satan and the power to succeed in this world, if it is for God's work).