Bracketing Assignment 10-John 15:4-8
A Branch's Guide to a Fruitful Life Rooted in Christ!
Published August 24th, 2018
Main point summary
To remain "rooted" in Jesus Christ results in bearing fruit & bringing glory to Him!
y Abide z in me,
and I in you.
As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself,
unless it abides in the vine,
neither can you,
unless you abide in me.
I am the vine;
a you are the branches.
Whoever abides in me and I in him,
he it is that b bears much fruit,
for apart from me
you can do nothing.
If anyone does not abide in me
c he is thrown away like a branch
d and the branches are gathered,
thrown into the fire,
If e you abide in me,
and my words abide in you,
f ask whatever you wish,
and it will be done for you.
g By this my Father is glorified,
that you h bear much fruit
and so prove to be my disciples.
The prayer and meditation of my heart following deeper study of this text... O heavenly Father, I praise You for Your mercy for I am nothing if not for the Your Son, Jesus Christ, in me! Prune me & sustain me so that I am ever more fixed on Him and more fruitful for Your glory! Your judgement is just, and Your grace is abundant! Strengthen me by Your grace to obey your commandments and use me as an instrument of Your Will. May the fruit You produce in my life be an obvious reflection of your love to all those around me. To You alone be all glory! Q: What does it mean that we cannot produce fruit or do anything on our own/apart from Christ (verses 4-5)? A: He is the Word by which God made everything. Without Him is nothing created (see John 1:3)...this means no growth, no fruit, no production, nothing! It is not by our works but by His alone that we have the hope of eternal life. All man-centered effort is worthless vanity leading only to death (see Ecclesiastes). However, to remain fixed on Him and conform to "pruning" [sanctification] by the Father is to experience the joy of a life lived fruitfully for His glory! Q: What does it mean that if we ask for whatever we wish, it will be done for us (verse 7)? A: This promise has to be taken in context of the passage it is in and -even more directly- the whole of the sentence it is in. The if/then relationship indicates a condition upon which this promise is based, that condition being we abide in Him and that His Word abides in us. A Christ and Word-centered disciple sincerely desires to live according to the Will and commandments of the Father and would "ask" His help in doing so with the ultimate desire (i.e. "wish") to bring Him glory! This is supported by the result of this sentence being by this the Father is glorified and we are proven to be true and fruitful disciples.