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Remaining in the Vine

August 14, 2019 | Timothy Peace

Remaining in the Vine

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me."  John 15:1–4 NIV

Jesus’ teaching in John 15, that He is the true vine, the Father is the Gardner, and we are the branches on which fruit is intended to be produced, contains both a promise and a warning. The branches that produce fruit will be pruned so they produce more, yet those who do not produce fruit will be cut off.

It is the fourth verse, however, that explains why a branch will or will not produce fruit. If you want to produce fruit, you must remain in the vine. If you don’t remain in the vine, then you will not produce fruit.

In our modern do-it-yourself mindset, it is easy to overlook the most important aspect of John 15:1-4. What is vital is that Jesus remains in us and says that a branch can not produce fruit by itself. It’s commonplace for us to remember the command to remain in the vine, and just as easy to gloss over the fact that if the vine is not within us, we cannot remain in Him. 

Jesus’ promise to followers is that we can be assured that He’ll do His part. Will we remain connected or will we pass up the opportunity to bear fruit, as God intended?