In Jesus’ last ‘I am’ statement in John 15:1, He calls himself the ‘True Vine’. Jesus’ figure of speech here shows the believers that they are the branches, Jesus is the vine, and the Father is the gardener. The branches that do not bear fruit, God removes. Every branch that bears fruit, God prunes. “The word translated ‘prunes’ (kathairo) literally means ‘to cleanse’, ‘to purge’, ‘to purify’. The verb was commonly used of ceremonial cleansing. It is not the normal word for pruning but is used here because Jesus was talking about people rather than vines.”1 There are only two kinds of people, those bearing fruit and those not bearing fruit. The ones that bear fruit are the ones who abide (remain/continue Friberg) in Christ, because without Christ ‘you can do nothing’.
Is there fruit (action/evidence) in your life that proves that you are connected to the True Vine: Jesus Christ?
John 15:1-5 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
1. J. Carl Laney, Moody Gospel John Commentary (Chicago: Moody Press, 1992), 270-271.