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John 15:1

John 15:1

In the Old Testament there are many references to Israel as a vine, planted by God – but she was an empty vine; a fruitless vine – Isaiah calls her a worthless vine that was to be made desolate for her unbelief. But God planted a second Vine; a true Vine – a Vine that will bear fruit, more fruit – much fruit. For unless a grain falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone. But through Christ’s death and resurrection, He qualifies read more...

John 15:2

John 15:2

The pictures of Christ as the true Vine, is a very precious concept to most believers. All Christians are branches of the true Vine, for all are taken out of Adam and placed into Christ. All are in union with Him from the point of rebirth, and as branches we share His life, both on earth and in the eternal ages to come.

However, all branches are commanded to abide in Him, and so our privileged position becomes an important read more...

John 15:3

John 15:3

Jesus Christ had just made an important announcement to His disciples: I am the Vine, He declared, and My Father is the Vinedresser. In the Old Testament, it was Israel, who was called the vine. Israel was to trust the Lord in loving obedience and humility of heart. They were to be a people who cultivated righteousness and justice. But they proved unfaithful to their covenant promise. They disobeyed God and produced fruit that was rotten to read more...

John 15:4

John 15:4

Remaining in Christ or abiding in Him was a theme that the Lord Jesus introduced to His disciples just before His death and resurrection and it is a subject that is picked up by Paul and is evident within each of his letters. Christ is fully God and fully Man, uniting holy deity with perfect humanity, and fruitfulness in the life of a believer results from the very life of the Son being reproduced within the life of the Christian.

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John 15:4

John 15:4

To abide in Christ is a cleaving to Him in love. It is a holding fast to Him in trusting obedience. It is believing the truth of His Word with an unshakable assurance, that His word is true and His promises are sure. And it is remaining attached to His mind and motives; resting in His gracious love; abiding in the arms of the beloved Son of God – and having a deep, trusting dependence on Him, in every area of life.

 The love that Christ has for each read more...

John 15:5

John 15:5

The image of a branch gaining all its sustenance and strength from the parent vine is a beautiful description of man's total dependence upon God, without Whom we can do nothing, for in Him we live and move and have our being.

When Jesus Christ, the Son of God walked the earth, He demonstrated this truth, for He lived His entire life in utter dependence upon the Father. I can do nothing of Myself, He said, I speak only read more...

John 15:6

John 15:6

All born-again believers are united with Christ at the point of salvation, and having been made one with Him we are instructed to abide in Christ. 'To abide in Christ' simply means that we are to mature in our spiritual life; to grow in grace and to maintain a close and increasingly intimate fellowship with our heavenly Father. We are to love as Christ loved and to live as Christ lived - in total dependence upon the Father and not trying to do things in our own read more...

John 15:7

John 15:7

In a few short verse the believer is called and challenged to abide in Christ.. to abide in the Vine.. to abide in His love - to abide in ME. The vine was an important symbol, which ran through Old Testament scripture.. and Israel was the one whom Isaiah described as 'the choicest vine.' Israel was chosen by God to be a fruitful vine, and they were expected to bring forth good fruit for His glory.. but Israel brought forth wild grapes and read more...

John 15:8

John 15:8

As believers we are positioned in Christ, born into the family of God, made members of the body of Christ and placed in eternal union with our Lord Jesus - and as such we are called upon to glorify our Father, Who is in heaven.

As Christians there are many beautiful descriptions of our precious relationship with our Lord: He is our Shepherd and we are His sheep, He is our Father and we are His children - He is the Vine and we are read more...

John 15:9

John 15:9

Christ Jesus is the eternal, uncreated Son of God Who was in the bosom of the Father from before the foundation of the world and Who has been loved by the Father from eternity past.

The love that the Father has for the Son is a deep, abiding, immeasurable and eternal love.

It is a love that passes the understanding of our limited human minds - it is a love that can never be comprehended by human read more...

John 15:10

John 15:10

The Lord Jesus told us that if we keep His commandments we would abide in His love – we would remain in His love – we would rest in His love. But did He then give us a long list of commandments to keep? – did He point us to the Law of Moses or deliver us a set of rules and regulations that all worthy Christians ought to keep? NO! He gave us one commandment – a new commandment – a commandment that incorporates every other godly command and gracious act – read more...

John 15:11

John 15:11

This much-loved passage gives real insight into our position in Christ and reminds us that because we are united to Him by faith, we are to love one another as Christ loved us. We are also to abide in His love and trust His wise purpose for our lives. But we must also realise that we will be hated of all men, because we are His children - but praise God that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to read more...

John 15:12

John 15:12

God Himself in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ set aside His heavenly glory and came to earth as the Son of Man.. in order to live His life as a perfect pattern of the way God desires that all His children live.

He was the exact example of a life that was set apart unto God.. a life that walked in spirit and truth - a life that set aside His own will to do the will of the Father in heaven.

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John 15:13

John 15:13

In those final hours just prior to His crucifixion on a cruel Roman cross, the Lord Jesus was with those that were his dearest and closest friends. Friends that had given up all to walk with Him.. friends that had eaten, slept and marched with Him for three and a half years - friends that had been given apostolic power to heal the sick, cast out demons and raise the dead.

And yet these same friends would abandon Him, deny Him or read more...

John 15:14

John 15:14

As Jesus prepares His disciples for the fast approaching crucifixion He was also preparing them for the difficult future they must all face - a world of hatred against God and themselves, and a world where the physical presence of their master is absent. The Lord Jesus knew that these men whom He loves so dearly, would be an easy prey to the enemy, who as a roaring lion goes about seeking whom he may devour - how important it was that they listen carefully to His read more...

John 15:15

John 15:15

The Lord Jesus, Who is the eternal Son of God and high King of heaven, chose us to become intimately related to Himself. We did not choose Him, for we were dead in our trespasses, slaves to sin and eternally estranged from His Father, and yet, in grace and love He stooped down from His high kingly throne to raise us up, and seat us together with Himself in heavenly places - and opened up His Word to us.

When we start to consider read more...

John 15:16

John 15:16

Many misquote the first part of this verse as referring to initial salvation: you did not choose Me but I chose you and appointed you.. But these words were spoken to men who had already believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and were being chosen and appointed to produce good and lasting fruit - to the praise of God the Father.

The Lord Jesus was only hours away from His crucifixion when He spoke these words to His read more...

John 15:18

John 15:18

Jesus was sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, in fulfilment of biblical prophecy. Partway through His ministry however, the Lord Jesus started to give hints, that God's plans and purposes for Israel were to be postponed, for an undisclosed length of time. This 'dispensation of the grace of God', as Paul called it, was to be a season, during which the Lord would carry out His plans and purposes, for the redemption of mankind, through a read more...

John 15:26

John 15:26

The emotions of the disciples were in disarray. They were deeply troubled as Christ continued to urgently unfold many profound truths as to His Person, His Work (on the cross) and the shocking disclosure of His imminent departure. He promised that He would send a Helper from the Father - the Spirit of truth Who proceeds from the Father. He told them that the Holy Spirit would testify about Himself and will confirm to them all that He had read more...