November 7, 2013

Abiding In the Vine

John's gospel contains seven "I am" metaphors used by the Lord Himself: I am the door, the good shepherd, the bread of life, the living water, the true vine, etc. Continuing on with the theme of the vine, Jesus says "I am the vine, ye are the branches" (John 15:5a). Christ Jesus is the vine, and believers are the branches drawing nourishment from the vine.

When the branches are separated from the vine, they will quickly dry up and will not bear any fruit. So it is vitally important for the branches to "abide in the vine" (John 15:5b). "As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more can ye, except ye abide in me" (John 15:4).

This begs the question: What does it mean for believers to abide in Christ? Union with Christ and communion with Christ means to have a relationship with Christ. A relationship involves communication. How do we communicate with Christ and how does He communicate with us?

John answers the question in verse 7:"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." (John 15:7) He speaks to us through His Word, and we speak to Him in prayer. Read and pray, that is how we abide in Christ. Now we know what our duty as believers should be: read His Word and pray.

The pulpit in the new church in Vineland has a carving of a grape vine and two branches bearing a cluster of grapes. The words "I am the true vine" are engraved above. The visual lesson is obvious: if you want to be fruitful and enjoy union and communion with Christ, you need to abide in the vine.



  1. Precious words! "for without Me ye can do nothing" A daily reason to turn to Christ for all we needs and also to renew our trust in Christ's blood and love, and for the fruits that He promised His childs should bear (not made by themselve!). "From me is thy fruit found!"(Hos. 14) Blessings from heaven for you and your family!

  2. I really needed to hear this again. Thanks for blessing me today! We are praying for you everyday!
    Lisa VS

  3. Thank you, dear brother, for sharing these insights with us. What a privilege we share to have God's Word and access through His Christ to His throne of grace!