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I Am the True Vine


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What is the relationship between Christ and His disciples? In what ways are we dependent on Him? What are practical lessons to be learned from our Lord's metaphor?

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I Am the True Vine

  1. 1. I Am the True Vine John  15:1-­‐8  
  2. 2. •  “I  am  the  bread  of  life”  (6:35)   •  “I  am  the  light  of  the  world”  (8:12;  9:5)   •  “I  am  the  door”  (10:7,9)   •  “I  am  the  good  shepherd”  (10:11,14)   •  “I  am  the  resurrecIon  and  the  life”  (11:25)   •  “I  am  the  way,  the  truth  and  the  life”  (14:6)   •  “I  am  the  true  vine”  (15:1)  
  3. 3.  I  am  the  true  vine,  and  My  Father  is  the   vinedresser.  2Every  branch  in  Me  that   does  not  bear  fruit  He  takes  away:  and   every  branch  that  bears  fruit,  He  purges   it,  that  it  may  bring  forth  more  fruit.   3Now  you  are  clean  through  the  word   which  I  have  spoken  unto  you.  4Abide  in   me,  and  I  in  you.    
  4. 4. As  the  branch  cannot  bear  fruit  of  itself,   except  it  abide  in  the  vine;  no  more  can   you,  except  you  abide  in  Me.  5I  am  the   vine,  you  are  the  branches:  he  that   abides  in  Me,  and  I  in  him,  the  same   brings  forth  much  fruit:  for  without  Me   you  can  do  nothing.    
  5. 5. 6If  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.    7If  you   abide  in  Me,  and  My  words  abide  in   you,  you  shall  ask  what  you  will,  and  it   shall  be  done  unto  you.    8Herein  is  My   Father  glorified,  that  you  bear  much   fruit;  so  shall  you  be  My  disciples.      
  6. 6. Isaiah  5:1-­‐7    Now  let  me  sing  to  my  Well-­‐beloved   a  song  of  my  Beloved  regarding  His  vineyard:  My   Well-­‐beloved  has  a  vineyard  on  a  very  fruiXul  hill.   2He  dug  it  up  and  cleared  out  its  stones,  and   planted  it  with  the  choicest  vine.  He  built  a  tower   in  its  midst,  and  also  made  a  winepress  in  it;  so  He   expected  it  to  bring  forth  good  grapes,  but  it   brought  forth  wild  grapes  
  7. 7. The  Original  Vine:    Israel   Isaiah  5:1-­‐7    3“And  now,  O  inhabitants  of   Jerusalem  and  men  of  Judah,  judge,  please,   between  Me  and  My  vineyard.  4What  more  could   have  been  done  to  My  vineyard  that  I  have  not   done  in  it?  Why  then,  when  I  expected  it  to  bring   forth  good  grapes,  did  it  bring  forth  wild  grapes?   5And  now,  please  let  Me  tell  you  what  I  will  do  to   My  vineyard:  I  will  take  away  its  hedge,  and  it   shall  be  burned;  and  break  down  its  wall,  and  it   shall  be  trampled  down.    
  8. 8. The  Original  Vine:    Israel   Isaiah  5:1-­‐7    6I  will  lay  it  waste;  It  shall  not  be   pruned  or  dug,  but  there  shall  come  up  briers   and  thorns.  I  will  also  command  the  clouds  that   they  rain  no  rain  on  it.”  7For  the  vineyard  of  the   LORD  of  hosts  is  the  house  of  Israel,  and  the  men   of  Judah  are  His  pleasant  plant.  He  looked  for   jusIce,  but  behold,  oppression;  for  righteous-­‐ ness,  but  behold,  a  cry  for  help.    
  9. 9.                          “what  more  could  I  have  done”                                                        “wild  grapes”    
  10. 10. Jeremiah  2:21    Yet  I  had  planted  you  a   noble  vine,  a  seed  of  highest  quality.    How   then  have  you  turned  before  Me  into  the   degenerate  plant  of  an  alien  vine?    
  11. 11. •  Hosea  10:1-­‐2    Israel  empIes  his  vine;  he   brings  forth  fruit  for  himself.    According  to  the   mulItude  of  his  fruit  he  has  increased  the   altars;  according  to  the  bounty  of  his  land  they   have  embellished  his  sacred  pillars.    2Their   heart  is  divided;  now  they  are  held  guilty.  He   will  break  down  their  altars;  He  will  ruin  their       sacred  pillars.     self-­‐absorbed    
  12. 12. The  Problem:       self-­‐sufficiency     Hosea  14:8      “Ephraim   shall  say,  ‘What  have  I   to  do  anymore  with   idols?’    I  have  heard   and  observed  him.    I   am  like  a  green  cypress   tree;  your  fruit  is  found   in  Me.”    
  13. 13. “visit  this  vine”     •  Psalm  80:14–17    Return,  we  beseech  You,  O   God  of  hosts;  look  down  from  heaven  and  see,   and  visit  this  vine  15and  the  vineyard  which   Your  right  hand  has  planted,  and  the  branch   that  You  made  strong  for  Yourself.    
  14. 14. “visit  this  vine”     •  Psalm  80:14–17    16It  is  burned  with  fire,  it  is   cut  down;  they  perish  at  the  rebuke  of  Your   countenance.  17Let  Your  hand  be  upon  the   man  of  Your  right  hand,  upon  the  Son  of  Man   whom  You  made  strong  for  Yourself.    
  15. 15. Not  the  opposite  of  false;  but   perfect,  essenIal,  enduring   •  True  Light  (1:9)   •  True  Bread  (6:32)   •  True  Tabernacle   (Heb.  8:2)  
  16. 16. :      _________________________    (3)       “clean  through  the  Word”     “bear  fruit”  (2)   “bear  more  fruit”  (2)      “bear  much  fruit”  (5,  8)        
  17. 17. William  Barclay   “At  certain  Imes  of  the  year.      It   was  sIpulated  by  law  of  the   people  were  to  bring  wood   offerings  to  the  temple  to  supply   the  fires  a  sacrifice.    But  it  was   also  sIpulated  that  the  wood  of   the  vine  must  not  be  brought,   because  it  was  useless  for  that   purpose.    It  burned  too  quickly.     The  vine  was  useless  apart  from   producIon  (Ezekiel  15:2-­‐4).”  
  18. 18. A.    He  graphs  the  branches  “in  Christ”    (2)   “My  Father  is  the  Vinedresser.”  (1b)  
  19. 19. A.    He  graphs  the  branches  “in  Christ”    (2)   B.    He  li@s  up  to  separate  from  the  world    (2)    
  20. 20. “airo”  -­‐  4  basic  meanings:   a) To  lij  up  or  pick  up     b) To  lij  up  figuraIvely  as   to  lij  up  one's  voice  or   eyes     c) To  lij  up  with  the  added   thought  of  carrying  away   d) To  remove  
  21. 21. A.    He  graphs  the  branches  “in  Christ”    (2)   B.    He  li@s  up  to  separate  from  the  world    (2)     C.    He  prunes  to  increase  producIon  (2-­‐3)    
  22. 22. 1.  “prunes”  (2)   2.  “pure”  (3)   katharós  =  clean,  pure   kathaírō  =  to  cleanse,  purify  
  23. 23. John  15:3  Now  you  are  clean   through  the  word  which  I   have  spoken  unto  you.     Psalm  119:9  Wherewithal   shall  a  young  man  cleanse  his   way?    By  taking  heed  thereto   according  to  Thy  word.  
  24. 24. A.  “Abide”  (4-­‐6,  9-­‐11)     Used  51  Imes  John’s  wriIngs:   •  John  1:38     •  John  4:40   •  John  14:2  
  25. 25. 1.  Trust:    By  depending   completely  on  the  Vine   (4,  5)   2.  Obey:    By  yielding  to  (10)   &  being  controlled  by   His  word  (7)  
  26. 26. searching  tendrils  
  27. 27. A.   “Abide”  (4-­‐6,  9-­‐11)     B.    “Ask”  (7-­‐8)   C.   “Love  one  another”  (12-­‐17)     D.    “Remember”  (18-­‐25)  
  28. 28. "This  is  the  LM  pilot.  I  'd  like  to  take  this  opportun-­‐ ity  to  ask  every  person  listening  in,  whoever  and   wherever  they  may  be,  to  pause  for  a  moment  and   contemplate  the  events  of  the  past  few  hours  and   to  give  thanks  in  his  or  her  own  way."  He  then   ended  radio  communicaIon  and  there,  on  the   silent  surface  of  the  moon,  250,000  miles  from   Buzz  Aldrin  and  Neil  Armstrong     July  20,  1969  
  29. 29. He  then  ended  radio   communicaIon  and   there,  on  the  silent   surface  of  the  moon,   250,000  miles  from  home,   he  read  a  verse  from  the   Gospel  of  John,  and  he   took  communion.  Here  is   his  own  account  of  what   happened:  
  30. 30. "In  the  radio  blackout,   I  opened  the  lirle   plasIc  packages  which   contained  the  bread   and  the  wine.  I  poured   the  wine  into  the   chalice  our  church  had   given  me.  In  the  one-­‐ sixth  gravity  of  the   moon,  the  wine  slowly   curled  and  gracefully   came  up  the  side  of   the  cup.      
  31. 31. “Then  I  read  the  scripture,    ‘I  am  the  true   vine,  you  are  the  branches.  Whosoever   abides  in  Me  will  bring  forth  much   fruit  .  .  .  apart  from  Me  you  can  do   nothing’.”