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John 15_1-17 The True Vine

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Secular:

  •  Product of our parents
  •  Lisa will say… like your Dad
  •  Bethany and I
  •  Josh and I
  •  Luke and I
  •  Rebekah and I
  •  Acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree
  •  Lisa and see obvious signs… the are a product consistent with the seed stock… the vine

Biblical:

John 15:1 "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 "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. 3 "You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 "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. 5 "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. 6 "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. 7 "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 "My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. 9 "Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. 11 "These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. 12 "This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 13 "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. 14 "You are My friends if you do what I command you. 15 "No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 "You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. 17 "This I command you, that you love one another. 18 "If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19 "If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. 20 "Remember the word that I said to you, 'A slave is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 "But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me. 22 "If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 "He who hates Me hates My Father also. 24 "If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well. 25 "But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their Law, 'THEY HATED ME WITHOUT A CAUSE.' 26 "When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me, 27 and you will testify also, because you have been with Me from the beginning.

Personal:

  •  Attached to the wrong vine
    • Unsuitable work environment
    • Untrustworthy friends
    • Expectation that you will be something else…
  • Josh… at hockey…
    • Dressing room issue…
    • He got painted with same brush…

Bridge:

  • When they grow apples… splice in specific variety
  • When the grow grapes… splice in a specific variety
  • Talk about good illustrations for his situation…
    • Olives
    • Almonds
    • Grapes
    • Agrarian
  • Good crop?
    • Good stock… outcome becomes certain
  •  In Christ our outcome is certain…

 

Body:

Fruit Bearing

John 15:1 "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 "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. 3 "You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 "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. 5 "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. 6 "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. 7 "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 "My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.

  • Lives, Almonds, Grapes… story makes sense
  • The Symbols
  • The Son is the true vine… v.15:1a, 5a
    • Grapes good stock
    • Wild… wrong vine… bad product
  • The Father is the gardener 15:1b
    • Careful… attentive… loving… knowing….
    • Responsible for the outcome
  •  The Believer  is the branch 15:5b
    • From good stock comes good branches to bear good fruit
    • From bad stock weak branches... bad grapes
  •  The Steps
  •  Submitting to the Pruning of the Father 15:2-3
    • Father is going to grow us…
    • Nasty vine cut back… cast off… waste
    • Cut back… improve crop…. Improve quality
    • Hebrews 12:6 FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES, AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES."
    • What are his tools?
      • His Word
      • His Spirit
      • His People…
        • His Elders
        • The Caring Body
  •  We must abide in the Son 15:4. 5c-6
    • Branches do not survive without nourishment… being connected to the plant… to the roots…
    • Branches are not the plant…. We are not the source… we are not God… we are a branch
    • 1 John 2:28 Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.
    • Be attached… not blown away… not burnt up…
  •  The Success
  •  It results in bountiful fruit 15:7-8a
    • Colossians 1:9 For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
    • Branches attached to a good vine… attended by a good vinedresser… a good gardener… will be bountiful!!
    • The opposite is also true!
      • Deuteronomy 29:18 so that there will not be among you a man or woman, or family or tribe, whose heart turns away today from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of those nations; that there will not be among you a root bearing poisonous fruit and wormwood.
      • No good branch
      • No good fruit
      • Is ultimately of no value… (the saw the fires!!)
      • … but those grafted into Christ… true branches attached to the true vine….
  •  It results in glorifying the Father 15:8b
    • 1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
    • True branches bear good fruit for the gardener…
    • Those who abide in Christ… live for Christ and through Christ… Bring Glory to God!!
  • So ferret out the dead wood…
  • Abide in Christ
  • And bear fruit to the Glory of God!
  • Good crop?
    • Good stock… outcome becomes certain
  •  In Christ our outcome is certain…

Loving

9 "Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. 11 "These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. 12 "This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 13 "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. 14 "You are My friends if you do what I command you. 15 "No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 "You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. 17 "This I command you, that you love one another.

 

 The Priority

  • The  Father loves the Son 9b-10b
    • "Just as the Father has loved Me”
    • A good genesis… stems from the triune God!
    • From a deep… holy… true wellspring!
    • “… Just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.”
    •  The Son is living it…
    • The son is abiding in it…
    •  The Father’s love
    •  Drawing a warm bath on a cold damp day…
      • All consuming…
    • Marriage like that…. Love at the core… best for the kids.
  • The Son loves us 15:9-10, 11
    • "Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love…”
    • "These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.”
    •  Flowing from the perfect love of the triune God… Father, Son and Spirit.
    • Deuteronomy 5:29 'Oh that they had such a heart in them, that they would fear Me and keep all My commandments always, that it may be well with them and with their sons forever!
    • God chooses us…
    • We need to choose him…
    • 1 John 2:3 By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 The one who says, "I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; 5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: 6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.
    • Joy and Abiding of course!!
  • The believer is to love the other believers 15:12
    • "This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.”
    •  Remember Christ CHOSE to love… isn’t all emotional… it was a decision… despite how rotten we could be!
    • Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
    •  We need to …love as Christ loved… and love one another in spite of who we are!
    •  Cold you imagine if we were graded on a lovable scale by God…
    •  So we are to care… give perspective… exhort, admonish… encourage… support
    • Is that saying what people want…
      • Did Jesus tailor things to be comfy…
      • No…
      • Love isn’t about being phoney…
      • Love isn’t abut just saying what people want…
      • Love is more than that… it is about truth, serving, compassion, mercy…
      • Love isn’t about comfortable it is about sacrifice…

The Proof 15:13-15

  • What Jesus will do for his disciples… 15:13
    • “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
    • Willing to do the hardest…
    • Willing to sacrifice…
    • Willing to lay it down…
    •  So…. Do we love as Christ loves…
      • What are we willing to lay down for each other?.... for others?
  • What Jesus now  does for his disciples…15:14-15
    • "You are My friends if you do what I command you. "No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.”
    •  Called friends….
    • Not just duty…
    • Genuine…
    •  Family you inherit…. Friends you choose!
    • More than lineage…
    • A choice in the heart of God

The Promises 15:16-17

  • Our branches will bear  permanent fruit 15:16a
    • “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain…”
    •  Your transformation is in Christ…
    • Your ministry is in Christ…
    • Apart from Christ our service is hollow and temporary….
    • Apart from Christ my words are empty…
    •  Apart from Christ there is no fruit…
    • Christ appointed that we would be transformed
    • Christ appointed that we would be his messengers
    • In Christ we are made perfect and persevering…
    •  Psalm 37:24 When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, Because the LORD is the One who holds his hand.
    • Philippians 1:6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
    •  The change… the result… is enduring in Christ Jesus!
  • Our prayers will be answered 15:16b-17
    • “…so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. "This I command you, that you love one another.”
    •  Father loves the Son
    • Son loves the Father
    • Son loves us
    • We abide in the Son… intimate loving, all-consuming relationship…
    • How… John 15:9 "Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.
    • It is our heart… that is bound with the heart of Christ… the Love of the father and the Love of Christ dwelling within us!
    •  It is about being transformed and conformed to the heart and mind of Christ… ready to lay down our life… ready to sacrifice… in love with God and his purpose… our prayers are his prayers… our desires his desires…
    •  God will realize his will in and through us…  
  • Good crop?
    • Good stock… outcome becomes certain
  •  In Christ our outcome is certain…

 

Suffering

18 "If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19 "If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. 20 "Remember the word that I said to you, 'A slave is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 "But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me. 22 "If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 "He who hates Me hates My Father also. 24 "If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well. 25 "But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their Law, 'THEY HATED ME WITHOUT A CAUSE.'

The Facts

  • Christians will be hated  because Christ was hated 15:18-19
    • "If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.  "If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.”
    •  Christ came changing the world’s priority…
    • Changing personal priorities…
    • What are we doing…
      • Do we stand out…
      • Call for change
    • Jesus following isn’t easy… it isn’t a popularity contest…
    • This is not an easy or popular message!
      • J _ O _ Y

No servant is greater than his master.  15:20-21

    • “Remember the word that I said to you, 'A slave is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. "But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me.”
    •  You don’t get off easy…
      • If Jesus the perfect orator… communicator… perfect in Love… perfect in compassion… didn’t et an easy road…
    • If the boss takes the heat…
      • If the company suffers… the workers suffer
    • If Jesus is our Master and our Message
    • There will be those who respond unfavourably… even with hostility…
    • If they responded this way to him… the same message?
  • The reason for this hatred is Jesus’ fearless preaching against sin 15:22-24
    •  "If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.”He who hates Me hates My Father also. "If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well.” *  Jesus opens eyes…
      • Declares truth
      • Makes our sin obvious
      • Shows the breakdown in our relationship with God
    • Some folks hate truth…. Ever notice…
      • Someone sings bad
      • Plays bad
      • Does something stupid
      • Makes a bad choice…
      • And we tell’em

The Foretelling

  • All this is predicted in Psalms 35-15 and 69:4 – 15:25
    • “But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their Law, 'THEY HATED ME WITHOUT A CAUSE.”
    •  Truth is a dumb reason to get mad!
    •  But     - Abortion

- Marriage

- Application of Scripture

- calling sin sin

    • God isn’t caught off guard… and he warns us…
    • Countries expel ambassadors cause they don’t like the message…
    • As ambassadors of Christ… we are citizen of heaven… and many times the message of love isn’t loved…
  • Good crop?
    • Good stock… outcome becomes certain  In Christ our outcome is certain…*

Witnessing

26 "When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me, 27 and you will testify also, because you have been with Me from the beginning.

  • The Holy Spirit will soon witness to the discples concerning the Saviour 15:26
    • "When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me,”
    •  We have the Spirit
    • We have the Word
    • We have the Conviction
    • Believers know!
  • The disciples should then witness to the world concerning the Saviour 15:27
    • … and you will testify also, because you have been with Me from the beginning.”
    •  If there are grapes….
    • There is a vine
    •  Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.
    •  Testify to the truth… borne out of love…
  • Good crop?
    • Good stock… outcome becomes certain
  •  In Christ our outcome is certain…

Conclusion:

  • Fruit bearing…
  •  Loving…
  •  Suffering…
  • Witnessing…
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