THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Jimmy's mom dragged him in front of his dad during the football game.
"Talk to your son," she said. "He refuses to obey a word I say."
The father turned to Jimmy angrily. "Jimmy, how dare you disobey your mother. Do you think you're better than your old man?"
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.
The "fruit" has union with the vine. The Stem, which is Christ, pulls the power of His Holy Spirit into the branches, and it is HIS fruit which we bear.
If we were not joined to Christ, we would be barren of any good fruit.
Without Christ we can do nothing of spiritual significance.
Branches on a grape vine that do not bear fruit are carefully pruned away by the farmer.
Those branches which do bear fruit are pruned back at the end of the season so that they will provide MORE fruit next year.
And so it is with the branches of Christ our Vine, "...my Father is the husbandman. Every 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." (John 15:1-2)
Jesus is the "true vine" which God planted in the earth.
For "..the Word became flesh and dwelt among us..." (John 1:12).
This vine is continually spreading, taking dominion in the earth and bearing many branches which provide fruit.
Without being "grafted in" to the Vine, we would be nothing.
For we were "dead in trespasses and sin," but now we are "hid with Christ in God."
Let us be aware of the wonderful treasure we have: branches being recipients of His eternal Holy Spirit!
And let us always bear "much fruit" to the glory of God!