10. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me." . Thus we are particularly well situated to understand something about the culture of the vine, how it grows, and how it produces fruit. The one who remains in me and I in him, he is the one who bears much fruit; for apart from me you can do nothing. First consider John 15:8 (emphasis added): "This is to my Father s glory that you bear much fruit showing yourselves to be my disicples." (Psalm 16:11, NKJV), And we are exhorted to "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. " . It is believing the truth of His Word with an unshakable assurance. c. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me." Other related passages (John 1:32-33; 3:36; 5:38; 6:56; 8:31, 35; 9:41; 12:46; Acts 27:31; 2Tim.3:14; 1Jn2:6, 10,14,17,19,24, 27,28; 3:6,9,14,15,17,24; 4:12,13,15,16; 2Jn2). When the Lord Jesus Christ was upon earth he was in a suffering state; and to this suffering image must all his people be conformed. It is a steadfast confidence that His word is true and His promises are sure. You are the branches. English Standard Version Update. Jesus said the seed that "fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity" (Luke 8:14, NASB95). καθὼς τὸ κλῆμα … μείνητε [or μένητε]; illustrating by the figure the necessity of the foregoing injunction. That is not to say a believer must work to stay saved, but that he will remain in Christ because he is a believer. John 10:8; 1 John 2:15-17). This notice the similarilarity to John … 5I am the vine. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. While we are united to him by a living faith, from the nature of the case, strength flows from him to us, and we receive help as we need. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. This is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life." In Depth with More Light on the Text 1. In that suffering state he brought glory to God; and is now exalted to the right hand of the Father. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 15:1-8 Jesus Christ is the Vine, the true Vine. 1 John 2:1 says "My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. “‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. John 3:16) and (2) as human society organized and functioning apart from God (cf. This he proceeds to illustrate by a reference to the vine. as the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more can ye, except ye abide in me; which strongly expresses the necessity of abiding in Christ by fresh repeated acts of faith: and it is easy to observe, that when believers depart from Christ, though it be but partially, and for a time, for they cannot finally and totally depart from him, in what a poor, withered, fruitless condition they are, both in their frames and duties. It is also possible that both verses were in the original text and that John excluded detail about where Jesus and the disciples went until later in his account (John 18:1). Answer: In John 15 Jesus uses the relationship of branches to the vine to illustrate our relationship to Him: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. He also made it clear that He acted only according to the will of God the Father (John 5:19; Matthew 26:39). Abiding in Christ (John 15:4-8) It is only by remaining in close, vital contact with the vine that the branch can bring forth any fruit at all. The meaning derived from John 15:1 is the primacy of Jesus Christ, forcefully expressed and meditated upon by St. Paul: ... John 15:4 . 4 Abide in me, and I in you. John 15:4. b)                  The realistic perspective of the believer. If the branch should be cut off an instant, it would die and be fruitless. John 15:8. This vine symbolized the nation Israel, because the vine is a familiar Old Testament symbol for Israel (Psalm 80:8-9) but is often used in a negative sense (Isaiah 5:1-2,7 and Jeremiah 2:21). !!!! (Philippians 2:13, NKJV), The result will be joy. We must be rooted in Him, not Israel, if we will bear fruit for God. In contrast, Jesus is the true vine. . The word philos is used here. Christ came to this earth as THE BRANCH and fulfilled all righteousness, qualifying to replace Satan and rule as King over all the earth.He proved His worthiness by remaining in full accord with His heavenly Father, and bearing the spiritual fruit that makes redemption and salvation possible. God's dealings with mankind are always in a covenant relationship ("if. To abide in Christ is a cleaving to Him, in love. Christ came to this earth as THE BRANCH and fulfilled all righteousness, qualifying to replace Satan and rule as King over all the earth.He proved His worthiness by remaining in full accord with His heavenly Father, and bearing the spiritual fruit that makes redemption and salvation possible. Colossians 1:27 says, "Christ in you, the hope of glory. 12-17) III. One entry into this passage could be some history and … Continue reading "Commentary on John 15:1-8" In John 15, Jesus describes himself as the true vine and his Father as the vinedresser. 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