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1 The book of John is full of wisdom that teaches Christians about salvation, Jesus and eternal life. The teaching about the vine and the branches is unique unlike the parables in the synoptic gospels. Jesus uses an extended metaphor to draw attention to the fruitful vine. Further applications are provided and they include: abiding in the vine and pruning the branches. Observations in John 15: 1-11 Vineyard is used to identify Israel, a nation representing peace and prosperity Vineyard will flourish in the day of the Lord. Jesus is the true vine. Pruning and cutting is done for a plant to be more fruitful. The kingdom of God will be given to those who produce fruits. Pruning is done to bear more fruits Moral and spiritual cleansing. God's word has a cleansing effect. Sanctify them by the truth. Living and enduring the word of God. Remaining and abiding in the vine. Believers continue in the faith. Mutual indwelling. Jesus speaks about his relationship with the father. Humans can have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Branches that cannot continue to be intimately connected to the vine are cut off. Branches must remain connected to the vine to produce any fruit. The importance of staying connected to Jesus and abiding in him.
2 There are negative consequences for not abiding in Jesus. Abiding in the Lord’s love is essential. Chart of John 15: 1-11 Interpretation Jesus is the true vine. Pruning and cutting is done for a plant to be more fruitful. The kingdom of God will be given to those who produce fruits Humans can have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Branches that cannot continue to be intimately connected to the vine are cut off. Branches must remain connected to the vine to produce any fruit. The importance of staying connected to Jesus and abiding in him. There are negative consequences for not abiding in Jesus
3 1. Sentence Diagram of John 15: 13-17 2. Word Studies a) Word Study on the Term Abide and its Derivatives ( In the New Testament) The vine and the branches is the most vivid illustration of Jesus relationship with his believers. Abiding in Jesus is the only way to enable believers to glorify the father by living fruitful lives. As seen in John chapter 15, Jesus prepares the disciples for his departure by emphasizing on their mission as his disciples, requiring absolute dependence on him 1 . Abiding in Jesus means that Christians are able to connect and depend on him. Christians should have a life giving connection to Christ. A vine is connected to the branch, and the branch to the vine. This is usually defined as the Union with Christ. Through a life-giving connection, this union becomes mutual. Christians abide in Jesus, and Jesus abides in them. Where there is no connection, there is no fruit and thus, no life.

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