The Vine and Branches
This is a powerful; explanation of the meaning of the command to cut branches and bring them into the temple at the Feast of Tabernacles. Bringing in the branches with great rejoicing represents bringing in of the harvest of humanity into the Family of God.
Jesus teaches that he is the vine [or trunk] of the tree of life; and that the called out to him are the branches. As a branch receives its nourishment from the vine and trunk of the tree; so we receive our spiritual nourishment from the Bread of Life, the true VINE; Jesus Christ!
To have eternal life; we MUST be in FULL UNITY with Christ; and if we turn away from any of the teachings of Christ, which teaching is that we must live by every Word of God the Father in the letter and in the spirit and intent of the law; we will be rejected by Christ and by God the Father, because we have already rejected their Word.
If we remain faithfully loyal to Jesus Christ and God the Father by diligently studying and zealously KEEPING and living by every Word of God; we will still be tried, tested and given experiences bad and good, to increase our spiritual growth and development into FULL UNITY with Christ.
John 15:1 I am the true vine [trunk of the tree, the Logos the whole Word of God], and my Father is the husbandman. 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit [is NOT faithful and zealous to live by every Word of God as Christ does] he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit [living by EVERY WORD of GOD], he purgeth [trims and trains] it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
If we abide in the Word of God, doing those things that please Christ and God the Father; they will abide in us through the Spirit of God. If we are NOT zealous to KEEP the Word of God; WE ARE NONE OF HIS!
Remember that, when you are asked by your elder to pollute the Sabbath; take Passover and observe High Days on the wrong dates, or in the wrong ways; or are told that you need not eat Unleavened Bread every day of the Feast as God has commanded.
Remember in “Harmonizing the Gospels Concerning the last Passover of Christ“ After washing the disciple’s feet; they were all clean except one. That one being the person who did not spiritually abide in Christ the true VINE
15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
Beware of false teachers who tolerate sin and are not filled with Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God; Because without a firm close FULL UNITY with the true Christ who lives by every Word of God; our religion is vain and meaningless, and falls to the status of a human social club.
15:5 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.
To be grafted into the true vine of Christ; we MUST be called of God the Father; believe, repent and be baptized for the remission of sins to be granted. And IF we remain abiding in God; with him dwelling us; IF we follow the Holy Spirit’s lead into all truth diligently keeping God’s Word, then we shall bear much fruit!
15:6 If a man abide not in me [living in Christ-like zeal to live by EVERY WORD of GOD], he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
Those who compromise with any part of the whole Word of God , which Christ loves; and who tolerate sin, which Christ hates; will be rejected and cast into the furnace of affliction; and if they still do not repent, cast into the fire of ultimate destruction.
15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
“Continue in my love” means that Christ wants our loving relationship with HIM to continue, through our learning and keeping the Word that he has preached; which is to do God the Father’s will and live by every Word of God.
Watch Out! Many will teach to keep the commandments, but by commandments they mean their own false traditions and not the whole Word of God.
15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
What did Christ command us? He kept the whole Word of God fully and we are to do likewise, living as he lived and as he will live in us.
Jesus Christ lived a life of perfect obedience to his beloved Father, and he will live a life of perfect obedience to God the Father in us!
Matthew 19:17 . . . . but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments
John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
We are to be willing to lay down our lives for God the Father and Jesus Christ; as Christ laid down his life for us! How long will we squabble over who gets to lead; and over who gets what?
How has the love of God disappeared from us? where has our zeal to live by every Word of God gone? where is our unity with God?
15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
Our prayers are answered in direct proportion to our diligent keeping of the whole Word of God!
John 15:15 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 unto you. 15:16 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.
All God’s people, all the called of God the Father; are to be filled with the love of God; love for God and his way of life first and love for God’s Word to learn and to keep it; and then love for others. What is love? God is love; and the KEEPING of the Word of God is love.
HOW do we love? By internalizing Jesus Christ and God the Father, through following the example of Jesus Christ, and sincere repentance for our law breaking; and a diligent, passionate, enthusiastic living by every Word of God.
It is then that we shall be united with God the Father and Jesus Christ, as they are united with each other! It is then that we shall be called “the friends of God”; like our spiritual father, Abraham!
15:17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
The law in its full purpose, spirit and intent; defines the love of God!
If we keep the whole law in all its spirit, purpose and intent we become like God; becoming fully united with Christ and God the Father; and they are Agape Love personified!
IF we loved God, we would DO what God’s Word says, we would do those things which are pleasing in God’s sight. Like little children we would want to become LIKE our Father!
Falling into the lukewarmness of Laodicea, is to become offensive and disgusting to Christ; who will spew us out of his body, like a dead branch cut off from a vine.
15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 15:19 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.
If we love personal advantage and the things of this world, more than we love God the Father and Christ: We are not worthy of them; we are NOT their friends; we are the friends of this evil world and its god-king Pharaoh [Satan], who is the enemy of God.
If we love God and are of God: Living as Christ and God the Father live; we are the friends of God! United with God the Father and Christ through love for them, for God’s Word!
IF we are NOT of the world and not worldly: The world will reject us [yes, even within the corporate churches]; the worldly will hate and persecute us.
15:20 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.
If we are the friends of God; we shall face the same rejection and persecution that Christ faced from the ungodly who will NOT obey our Lord.
Those that God the Father calls, and who respond to Christ’s example and teachings: will become his true friends, because they will be like-minded with Jesus Christ and God the Father!
15:21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
Because the worldly reject God the Father, they will also reject Christ’s example and teachings; and they will reject the faithful, who diligently FOLLOW the example and teachings of Christ to live by every Word of God.
This watered down business model inoffensive false gospel WILL NOT WORK! It will ONLY offend Almighty God and separate us from our Lord; the true friend of the zealously faithful!
Pandering to worldliness will not please God, nor will it bring in godly converts. Instead it will offend our God and get us rejected by him for our shallowness and lack of unity with him.
15:22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. 15:23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
Why do we put so much trust in apostate traditions; claiming to love God while making God’s law of no effect by our false traditions?
If We love Christ: We WILL DO WHAT HE TEACHES!
Jesus said that even if the people do not understand his doctrine; his WORKS testify that he is of God the Father.
Can that be said of us? Do our WORKS reveal that we are a godly people; or an ungodly people?
15:24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. 15:25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
If we are in UNITY with Christ, we will be doing what Christ did and living by his every Word: Then our works will be HIS works in us, and our example will be his example in us.
Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits [works, deeds] ye shall know them.
John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: 15:27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
The eleven [Judas absent] are here commanded to bear witness of Christ and his love for God the Father, and we are to do likewise.
With the Spirit of Truth bringing all things that we have learned about God the Father and the Son to our remembrance, so that we may have a good understanding of, and KEEP true godliness, coming into FULL SPIRITUAL UNITY WITH GOD; that we may proclaim all these things to all nations.
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.