I AM the True Vine
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 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. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 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. 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.
Branches cannot bear fruit unless it is connected to the vine. In this passage of scripture, Jesus alludes to Himself as being the vine and Christians being the branches. Once we have been grafted into the vine through salvation, we are to soak up the nutrients from God's Word so that we can grow and bear fruit for the Lord. Sadly, however, many people try to live the Christian life without Christ. They often think that salvation is enough and that they don't need to read the Bible. pray. attend church, and live for the Lord. Their lives don't get the privilege of bearing fruit for the Lord because of their selfish decision not to abide in the vine. Salvation shouldn't just be good enough for us, and we should purpose to abide in the True Vine. We need to abide in Christ and soak up the nourishment that only He can provide for our lives to prosper and bear fruit for Him.
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