"I Am the True Vine" John
Christ portrays Himself as the true vine of God to His
disciples for a two-fold purpose: First, to let His
disciples know that even though He would not be physically
present with them always, He would send the Holy Spirit to
be “with” and “in” them (Joh.14:17 ASV). Second, He
uses this opportunity to instruct them to remain in close
fellowship with Him, the only True Source of life, through the power of the Holy Spirit, that they may
bear spiritual fruit, receive answers to prayer, and have
fullness of joy.
Although I prefer to use the KJV, the
verses below, regarding the “True Vine,” were taken from the
1965 Bible in Basic English, because of the difficult
language sometimes used in the King James Version. Some
explanations have been added in brackets for a clearer
understanding of certain verses.
The Gospel of John, Chapter 15: 1-20
1 I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener.
2 He takes away (Greek airō [to raise up,
elevate, lift up or redirects]) every branch in me which has
no fruit, and every branch which has fruit he makes clean,
so that it may have more fruit.
Christians who continue to bear fruit will also continue to
grow and prosper spiritually. The Lord will continue
to purge us from all sin, in that He "makes clean" for the
branch to bear even more fruit. In First John we read,
1Jo 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in
the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the
blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
God's Word instructs us,
Rom 6:4 ". . . that like as Christ was raised up
from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also
should walk in newness of life." Walking in newness of life
is the same as abiding in Christ.
3. You are clean, even now, through the teaching which I have
4 Be in me at all
times [in fellowship or relationship with Him] as I am in
you [by the Holy Spirit]. As the branch is not able to give
fruit of itself, if it is not still [remaining] on the vine,
so you are not able to do so if you are not in me [walking
in the Spirit].
5. I am the vine, you
are the branches: he who is in me at all times as I am in
him, gives much fruit, because without me you are able to do
Jesus Christ is the source of life unto the branches or the
body of Christ. Christ is the Head or "source" of life to
the church (the body of Christ). As children of God,
we have Christ in us through God's gift of the Holy Spirit
given to every believer. He is in us at all times; and therefore, we are to abide in Him at all times, and not the carnal or sinful nature.
The Apostle Paul reveals the mystery, "Christ in you" the hope of glory, Col. 1:27. We need to walk with the Lord in order to abide in Him, and
manifest the fruits of the Spirit in our lives.
6. If a man does not keep himself in me, he becomes dead and is cut off like a
dry branch; such branches are taken up and put in the fire
and burned (consumed).
This verse simply means that a person who is not
abiding in God, then he or she is not growing spiritually in
the knowledge and ways of God, and is lacking in the fruits
of the Spirit. This person is or becomes useless in
the things of God, and is similar to a withered branch that
men would gather and burn because it bears no fruit.
This is an analogy that Christ uses and does not mean that
He is literally or figuratively going to take us, throw us
in the fire, and burn us because we are not bearing fruit.
This verse has been terribly misunderstood.
In the KJV
they interpret this part of the verse as “men will gather
you and throw you into the fire” clearly this is not God, but
as it states “men.” In a sense, a Christian who is not
bearing spiritual fruit will be lacking in true purpose and
also be lacking in God’s power to stand up under, and
overcome many of the assaults of life, as well as their
witness for Christ.
Jesus Christ said,
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his
savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good
for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under
foot of men (Mat 5:13).
If you are in me at all times, and my words are in you, then
anything for which you make a request will be done for you.
8. Here is my Father's glory, in that you give much fruit and
so are you my true disciples [truly committed to Christ]
9.Even as the Father has given me his love, so I have given my love to you: be ever
in my love.
We are to remain in the love of Christ. The next verse
explains how we are to remain in the love of Christ.
10. If you keep my laws, you will be ever in my love, even as I have kept my Father's
laws, and am ever in his love.
If we continue to do what Christ has told us to do, we will
remain in His love.
Rom 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
11. I have said these things to you so that I may have joy in you and so that your
joy may be complete.
The verses above confirm God’s promises to those who walk by
His Spirit or in other words remain in Christ. They that
remain in close fellowship with Him will reap spiritual
fruit, receive answers to prayer, and have fullness of joy.
What an offer!
12. This is the law I give you: Have love one for another, even as I have love for
Jesus clearly states what He means by keeping His laws. Love one another as He has loved
As stated in 1Jo 1:7 above, "we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus
Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."
13. Greater love has no man than this, that a man gives up his life for his
14.Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
15. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth
not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for
all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known
16. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and
bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that
whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may
give it you.
Here Christ is speaking to the first disciples gathered
together with Him just prior to His Crucifixion. As we
will see below, Christ is preparing them for the hate and
persecution that these first disciples will endure from the
unbelievers in the world. Christ has chosen them out
of the world to go forth and proclaim God's Truth and for
this they will be hated.
17. These things I command you, that ye love one another.
18. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it
19. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the
world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the
world hateth you.
20. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not
greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will
also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will
keep yours also.
The Holy Spirit will guide and direct our lives through God's Word, and empower us
as we yield our lives to Him. By remaining in the vine, we
remain as lights in the world, and remain as the salt of the
earth being witnesses of Christ.
Joh 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Fellowship is the believer's key to fruit, answered prayer,
and fullness of joy. This fellowship with
God through Christ is also referred to as the Sanctification
of the believer.
The nine fruits of the Holy Spirit in a believer's
life are a power house and a buffer indeed against the
flesh [fallen nature], the world,and having our victory in spiritual
warfare. By this we put on our belt of truth and all of God's armor, in the
manifestation of the reality of Christ in us. These
Gal 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against
such there is no law. The Spirit of God brings life to
Eph. 5:9(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
When we walk in the Spirit,
we are abiding in Christ, "the True Vine," and will reap
fruit. We begin to realize that we truly died with Christ on
the cross, and now live in the power of His resurrection. The
battle is already won for every believer in Christ! We
are asked to stand against the darkness in the victory of
We consider our flesh already crucified with Christ, and walk
in newness of life, bearing witness to Christ, and
overcoming the world.
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Orig. post 7/18/05 - Updated last: 5/2012-