I absolutely love today’s name for Jesus! Have you ever stopped to look at grape vines? They are so beautiful. When we look at the spiritual applications of Jesus’ name “The Vine,” we can receive such a blessing!
~John 15:1-2, 5 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. (1) Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. (2) I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (5)
I saw a few things right off the top:
(1) A branch cannot live without the vine
“for without me ye can do nothing.”
A cluster of grapes cannot just appear. A cluster of grapes cannot will itself to grow. This tells me that one cannot say that they are saved through their church or through their good works. For Jesus said that without Him, we can do nothing. We cannot gain salvation from anything that we do. Salvation is of the Lord, not of anything that we can do. Christ died on the cross for our sins – our salvation is complete in Him.
~Jonah 2:9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.
(2) A branch that does not produce fruit is pruned
“Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away”
Many would say that this is proof of salvation by and through works. However, one must notice that if there were at least one grape on this vine, it would fall under the next category (in #3). This particular branch did not even produce any fruit. Jesus condemned the fig tree in Matthew 21:19 because it did not have fruit at all. He caused it to wither away and die. The same holds true here. When a branch does not produce even one fruit (the unsaved), it is cut off.
(3) A healthy branch produces fruit
“the same bringeth forth much fruit”
“and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit”
So what can we learn? Can a cluster of grapes exist without the vine? Does a grape vine grow bananas? Only grapes can grow and flourish on a grape vine.
Only the born-again Christian (the grapes) can be attached to the Vine, Jesus Christ, and remain attached. The unsaved cannot bear fruit (spiritual fruit) to begin with and, therefore, are cut away.
Another valuable lesson is that the saved will be purged with trial and tribulation in order for them to produce more fruit for the glory of God. Each trial we go through draws us closer to the Lord. We grow and become more like the Master!
God in Heaven Hath a Treasure
Thus though worn, and tried, and tempted, glorious calling, saint, is thine;
Let the Lord but find thee emptied, living branch in Christ the Vine!
Vessels of the world’s despising, vessels weak, and poor, and base;
Bearing wealth God’s heart is prizing, glory from Christ’s blessèd face.
Oh, to be but emptier, lowlier, mean, unnoticed, and unknown.
And to God a vessel holier, filled with Christ, and Christ alone!
Naught of earth to cloud the glory, naught of self the light to dim.
Telling forth His wondrous story, emptied—to be filled with Him.