Abide With Me

John 15:1-17

 

Who is the vine and who is the branches? – See verse 5.

Jesus is speaking to his disciples – the church – the conversation starts after Judas leaves – before the Lord’s Supper is given – and continues to the end of chapter 17 when Christ goes into the garden of Gethsemane and will be betrayed.

What can I do to straighten up my life – get rid of all my troubles – and live the victorious life?

Verse 3 – The only way we can be clean is through applying the Word of God to our everyday lives.

Why can’t I live my life the way I want to live it and find peace? – Because of sin.

If I give my life totally to God and his way I won’t be able to enjoy my life – This isn’t true – The only way you can truly enjoy your life is to totally give yourself to God.  There is no joy like serving God, learning his ways, and making our wills conform to his will.

What two conditions must be met in order to bear fruit?  Verse 4,5, & 7

Fruit is defined in Gal. 5:22 as love, joy, so forth – it is not doing a lot of things, or having a lot of physical results, the way men look at it.

If you don’t have the fruit as described in Gal. 5:22 – you won’t have see the results of seeing people saved and life faithful, fruitful lives.

True fruit of the spirit will produce that which is good for others – their salvation, faithfulness, and their bringing others to Christ.

What can one do without the vine?  Verse 5

What happens to those who do not meet the first requirement of abiding in Christ? Verse 6

They are still a branch – even though they are cast off.  The casting off is done when the person is more involved in the things of this world than in the things of God – as described in Matthew 13:22 – The result of the third sowing seeds.

I Cor. 3:15 – He shall be saved, yet so as by fire.

They have left their first love, and Christ will remove his candlestick and thy will not longer be a church.

How is the Father glorified?  Verse 8

Again, check out what fruit is.

Why is obedience to Jesus’ commands a fruit?

Verse 10 – What does keeping the commandments of God have to do with abiding in the love of God?

Why would you not want to keep the commandments of God? – SIN

People today don’t like the term “legalists.”  When I am driving down the road, I like to be legal.  I do have a fear of getting a ticket, but I also know that if everybody is legal, society moves along much more smoothly.  I stay out of trouble when I am a “legalists.”

What does verse 16 mean to you?

What does it take to produce fruit?

Rev. 2:4 - Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

Phil. 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

I Cor. 3:5-7 - Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? 6  I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7  So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

Gal. 5:22-23 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

I John 5:3 - For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

 

Abide means to dwell continually, never to leave.

Luke 19:5 - Jesus told Zacchaeus, “…today I must abide at thy house.”

 

The prisoner of the Lord. - Refers to Paul being physically bound because of his testimony of Christ.  Also refers to him abiding with Christ and cannot get away, and he doesn’t want to get away.

Eph. 3:1 - Paul is the prisoner of the Lord of the Gentiles.  For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,”

Eph. 4:1 - I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,”

II Tim. 1:8 - Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;”

Philemon 1:1 & 9 - Paul calls himself a prisoner of the Lord.

Verse 1 -  Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,”

Verse 9 - “Yet for love's sake I rather beseech thee, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.”

 

I.   Verse 6 – “If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” 

A.     What is the branch?  The word appears 34 times in the entire Bible, and is translated by various Hebrew and Greek words.

1.     

These branches represent that which is attached to the vine and produces fruit.  Compare to John 15.

 
Exodus 25:33  Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other  branch, with a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick.

2.      Exodus 37:17  And he made the candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work made he the candlestick; his shaft, and his branch, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, were of the same:

3.      Exodus 37:19  Three bowls made after the fashion of almonds in one branch, a knop and a flower; and three bowls made like almonds in another branch , a knop and a flower: so throughout the six branches going out of the candlestick.

4.     

Bildad is speaking, so I would not think much about it.

 
Numbers 13:23  And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs.

5.      Job 8:16  He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden.

6.     

Job speaks of material things, comparing them to the blessings of God upon believers.

 
Job 14:7  For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.

7.     

Job continues

 
Job 15:32  It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green.

8.     

Bildad again

 
Job 18:16  His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off.

9.     

Job speaks of the terror of his life.

 
Job 29:19  My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch.

10. 

David speaks of Israel

 
Psalms 80:15  And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that thou madest strong for thyself.

11. 

A saved person

 
Proverbs 11:28  He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.

12. 

God will chasten Israel

 

Jesus Christ

 
Isaiah 4:2  In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.

13.  Isaiah 9:14  Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day.

14. 

Jesus Christ

 
Isaiah 11:1  And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

15. 

Damascus, in destruction, is compared to a branch.

 

Satan as an abominable branch

 
Isaiah 14:19  But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.

16. 

Egypt is compared to a branch

 
Isaiah 17:9  In that day shall his strong cities be as a forsaken bough, and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the children of Israel: and there shall be desolation.

17.  Isaiah 19:15  Neither shall there be any work for Egypt, which the head or tail, branch or rush, may do.

18. 

All parts of Satan’s kingdom shall be destroyed.

 
Isaiah 25:5  Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low.

19. 

God’s children

 
Isaiah 60:21  Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.

20. 

Jesus Christ

 
Jeremiah 23:5  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

21. 

Jesus Christ

 
Jeremiah 33:15  In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.

22. 

Comparing Israel to heathen nations.

 

Israel is following Satan

 
Ezekiel 8:17  Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose.

23.  Ezekiel 15:2  Son of man, What is the vine tree more than any tree, or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest?

24. 

A parable to rebellious Israel.

 
Ezekiel 17:3  And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; A great eagle with great wings, longwinged, full of feathers, which had divers colours, came unto Lebanon, and took the highest branch of the cedar:

25. 

A parable to rebellious Israel.

 
Ezekiel 17:22  Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also take of the highest branch of the high cedar, and will set it; I will crop off from the top of his young twigs a tender one, and will plant it upon an high mountain and eminent:

26. 

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Daniel 11:7  But out of a branch of her roots shall one stand up in his estate, which shall come with an army, and shall enter into the fortress of the king of the north, and shall deal against them, and shall prevail:

27. 

Jesus Christ

 
Zechariah 3:8  Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.

28. 

Jesus Christ

 
Zechariah 6:12  And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:

29. 

Destruction of the wicked.

 
Malachi 4:1  For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

30. 

Israel

 
Matthew 24:32  Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

31. 

Israel

 
Mark 13:28  Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:

32. 

A believer

 
John 15:2  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

33.  John 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.

34.  John 15:6  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

B.     It is very obvious from the above verses that the word “branch” is usually used to describe Jesus Christ, or a symbol of Jesus Christ, or a saved person, or a symbol of a saved person.

1.      Therefore, I conclude that the branch of John 15:6 is also a saved person who is unfaithful to God, who does not abide (dwell) in Christ.

2.      This person is like the unfaithful saved person of Matthew 13:22, who begins to produce fruit, but the cares of this life get in the way, and they bear no fruit to perfection.

3.      This person would remind me of Lot, who vexed his righteous soul from day to day with the unlawful deeds of the citizens of Sodom and the surrounding cities.

4.      This person reminds me of the person in I Corinthians 3:15, who is saved, yet so as by fire.