Thursday, February 18, 2010

116) The true vine

John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.”

In this parable Jesus compared himself to a vine and talked about the fruit and branches of that vine. Jesus stated that he is the true vine and that his Father is the vinedresser. The branches of the vine are human beings and the fruit is the good works that are acceptable in the eyes of God. Since only believers can produce good fruit in the eyes of God, the pruning refers to the work of God in believers. Jesus is the true vine; so all other vines are false vines and cannot bear acceptable fruit in the eyes of God. Just as there are not many ways to “get in touch with the divine” as our modern pluralistic world claims, there are not many vines that bear this fruit.

Focus on Christ #116


mark pierson said...

"the pruning refers to the work of God in believers."

Chastening. Also, the Word is God's instrument used to show Christ and our shortcoming in comparison. At this point the believer would be wise to judge himself, confess his sin and repent or else a grievous chastening will come his way. I know, I've been there. It hurts.

jazzycat said...

Good point. Pruning includes discipline...