What does it mean to 'bear fruit', and what does Jesus mean when he says he is the 'true vine'? How do we recognise growth and fruit in ourselves and others? He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit.
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Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches.
Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. An elderly woman walked into the local country church.
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The friendly usher greeted her at the door and helped her up the flight of steps. Do we know who we are? Where do we find the root of our identity? People like to define themselves and others in all sorts of different ways, social background, employment, politics, even taste in music. The church is no different. We manufacture labels to define ourselves and to define others, to keep ourselves in and sometimes others out. Not that there is anything wrong with labels — they are just language. It is how we use them and respond to them that is important.
I wonder - what does the image conjure up for us? If Christ can turn water into wine, can offer wine as his blood, then we too can be transformed and bear fruit as we abide in Him. That word abide has a strength, perhaps lost in the English translation. It is an imperative — like 'Stop! In marriage you abide with your husband or wife, but you do not abide when you pop into see friends for tea or for coffee. It is telling that Jesus says 'Abide in me as I abide in you.
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When I first arrived at my current post three years ago I was away at a conference and I was praying with someone about how to minister in so many places. At first I thought this sounded like a cop out, but over the years I have seen that it is not so much the easy route but rather a challenge. The first challenge is that sometimes we can miss entirely the fruit that is growing up among us.
If we are expecting large bunches of dark red grapes but instead see only small collections of fine white grapes we may miss the fruit entirely.
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Reading commentaries on this passage highlights this danger; some suggest the fruit Jesus described is internal, in the spiritual life, others that the fruit is external in service to others and in people coming to faith. I hope we can learn to recognise all of these. The second challenge is this. Vines like any cultivated plant can grow wild and unruly. For them to fulfil their potential and bear the maximum fruit they need the expert touch of a gardener.
Jesus says "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower. The words clean and prunes are the same root word in Greek. People still use the term 'cleaning their vines' today. Although Jesus is clear about the Father removing dried up and fruitless vines it is the pruning and cleaning that many Christians experience and struggle with. Such pruning, corporate or individual can be painful and difficult, but it is not a sign of failure, rather it is the sign of the divine gardener preparing us to bear more fruit.
And this is something that we experience not as individuals but together, because we are all a part of the same vine. We are not separate plants in different vineyards, but one plant with many branches, spread far and wide but all Abiding in Christ the Vine. If a branch is cut-off, it can do nothing! It can do nothing! None of us can accomplish any spiritual good on our own.
Some believe that they can do something. If so, they did not listen and believe Jesus! Is it possible that what they accomplished was without Jesus; and therefore, they actually accomplished nothing of eternal value? They did it without the Holy Spirit working through them! It is also possible that God accomplished good in spite of them.
The Apostle Paul illustrates the same point with these words,. I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. NASB0 1 Corinthians But the vast majority of us know deep down inside ourselves that Jesus is correct. Most of us understand that we cannot accomplish any spiritual good on our own. We even understand that we cannot cause anyone to be encouraged by any spiritual ministry that we might perform all by ourselves.
Ultimately, it is God who makes that happen. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. Are you a branch? In John , Jesus says that a branch abides in Him. That is, the branches must be attached to Him. Then in the passage that you are asking about, we read this,. You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.
Branches cannot produce anything by themselves. Only branches attached to a vine produce fruit. We become attached to Jesus when we believe in Him and yield ourselves to Him. Only then can we produce spiritual fruit. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.