A vine is a long trailing limb that sprawls along the trellis or fence. Actually, it is the trunk of the plant that grows out of the ground. Vineyard keepers traditionally keep the vine waste high-some thirty-six to forty-two inches. The vine ends in a large gnarl or knot from which branches grow in either direction along the trellis.
Now, the caretaker who is God is the owner of the vineyard. He tends and cares for it and coaxes his plants to produce the most pounds of grapes possible. Likewise, God's desire is that we produce fruit in our lives. The words fruit and good works are in the Bible, and they are used nearly interchangeably. Look at Titus 3:14. It says, " Let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they not be unfruitful.
Now we know that Jesus and God are connected. John 1:1 says, "In the beginning was the Word (Jesus) and the Word (Jesus) was with God and the Word (Jesus) was God." They were one. they abide as part of the trinity together. Jesus told his disciples, "If you[ve seen the Father, you've see me. (John 5:19). "Then answered Jesus and saith unto them, "Verily verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
Jesus trusted that His disciple knew He wasn't just talking about evangelism and spreading the gospel. They would have understood that fruit symbolized the best result or sweetest prize in life. (Psalm 1:3) "The righteous man shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he does shall prosper."
In practical terms fruit represents good works. When we abide or stay connected to the vine we produce in our character, good and righteous thoughts, a positive attitude or action that God values because it glorifies Him. The fruit from our lives is how God receives His honor on the earth. That is why Jesus declares, "By this My Father is glorified that you bear much fruit. (John 15:8). Fruit is our only permanent deposit in heaven! Jesus said, "I chose you and appointed you that you should bear fruit and that your fruit should remain.
But all of this fruit bearing is a process.. It doesn't come automatically. In order to go from no fruit, to some fruit, to more and much fruit, the branches,s that's you and me, must respond to the attention of the vine-dresser. And we know that as with grapes on a vine, all branches do not respond alike. Every branch is unique or different just like you and me. When harvest time comes around each will produce a different size crop.
Each of us represents a branch that is producing a defined level of abundance. The Vine dresser which is the Lord cares about His children, so when He comes looking for fruit on a branch and finds that it is barren, He will cut back or prune the branches; and others He may cut off. When He prunes u, it is God's way of disciplining us. If our lives are consistently bearing no fruit, He intervenes to chasten us like wayward children. Verse 2 says: "Every branch in me that beareth no fruit he taketh away. Now the Greek word for "taketh away" in the text is "airos", which means to "lift up." God desires to lift us up to the position we need to be in in order to produce to be fruitful again. Some translations use the words, "cuts off." But aren't you glad that The Father does 't cut us off and leave us to die on the vine or in the dirt, in our sins on the ground.
In part 3 I will tell you what the Vine dresser does to the unfruitful branches that He finds on His vines. I hope you are being blessed by this study.
Be Blessed and enjoy this beautiful day!
And, "Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers."