by Duane Bemis

I am the "Branch" He is the "Vine"
Duane Bemis
John 15:1-17

Here we are again in need of a word from God. We need Him to tell us who we are in Him. This time let us listen to Jesus as we sit at His feet allowing His words to sink into our spirits. You can see the drawing that the Lord gave me for this chapter. Let us turn in our Bibles to John Chapter 15 and study His words of absolute truth. Listen to Jesus, he says:

"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser." Verse 1

According to Jesus; He is the vine and His Father is the one who cares for the vine. What is a vinedresser? In the King James version this is translated Husbandman. In the New Living Translation it is translated as gardener. What this means is His Father will care for the vine. The Father will water the vine so it can grow. The Father will inspect the vine and prune it according to the good of the vine. The Father knows how to care for His vine and He knows when it needs to be fertilized. The Father is the one inspecting the vine for fruit He looks for fruit that remains and is plentiful. What have we learned from verse one?

1. Jesus is the vine!
2. The Father's role is to care for the vine.

Now let us look at the next verse, verse two, and let your heart hear the teaching of Jesus to better understand who we are in Jesus Christ:

"Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit." Verse 2

We read that we are the branch. Our position in this verse is critical to understand. We are the branch. We are not the vine but the branch that has been grafted into the vine. We are the wild branch that He chose to graft into Himself. We are to be in Him bearing fruit. Meditate upon this for a moment. He is looking for fruit of righteousness not fruit of the world. He is looking for Spiritual fruit and if He finds none then the Father will prune this branch off the vine. The Vinedresser is look ...

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