In this Lord's Word Bible study, The True Vine, I will show you that Jesus is the true vine, that God the Father is the husbandman, and we, all of us, are the branches, and we are to cultivate the good qualities and characteristics daily which will in turn produce more good fruit - that is, the fruits of the Spirit. The words in bold above are keyes to understanding this document, they are listed below as well.
In John 15:1-17, this is one of the stories that Jesus is telling his disciples after the last supper has been eaten and Judas, the one who betrayed him, has left the room. Jesus told the eleven disciples many things that night before Judas returned with the soldiers and Jesus was taken away and later crucified.
All text taken from the King James Bible
Let us begin this Bible study with a prayer, O God, thy heavenly Father, grant me the wisdom and knowledge, so that I may be able to understand this document, in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus - is the true vine
God the Father - is the husbandmen
we - are the branches
branch or branches - are the qualities or characteristics which we develop and/or follow, see list below
fruit - are the fruits of the Spirit
ye - is you
I, and/or, me - is Jesus
John 15:1-2 - I (Jesus) am the true vine, and my Father (God) is the husbandman. (2) 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.
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. - John 15:2
Matt.15:13 - And he (Jesus) answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.
Heb. 6:8 - But that which beareth thorns and briers [is] rejected, and [is] nigh unto cursing; whose end [is] to be burned.
Thorns and briers will be explained later in this document.
Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up - Matt.15:3
In the above phrase Jesus is speaking with his disciples trying to explain his relationship with the Father (God) - and we are to strive to be like Jesus so that we will have the same relationship with God the Father and/or Jesus Christ when he returns to earth to rule and reign on the earth. Jesus will rule with a rod of iron when he returns.
Now let me give you the scripture to explain the above phrase, Every plant, which my heavenly Father ....
See John 15:2 above again, also -
I Cor.3:13 - Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
The "fire" spoken of in the above verse is a "spiritual fire." - See - Lake of Fire/Furnace of Fire and Brimstone
John 15:3 - Now ye are clean through the word which I (Jesus) have spoken unto you.
ye are clean through the word which I (Jesus) have spoken unto you -John 15:3
In this next scripture Jesus is speaking with Simon Peter and trying to explain the reason he is washing the feet of the disciples.
John 13:10-11 - Jesus saith unto him, (Simon Peter,) He that is washed needeth not save to wash [his] feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all (See - John 15:3 above again) (11) For he (Jesus) knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.
John 17:17 - Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Eph.5:26 - That he (Christ) might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word
I Peter 1:22-23 - Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, [see that ye] love one another with a pure heart fevently: (23) being born again, not of corruptible see, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. - See - Love One Another With Righteousness; Born Again (or, From Above)
He that is washed ... - John 13:10
I Thes.5:23 - And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I (Paul) pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
ye are clean - John 13:10
See - John 15:3 and John 17:17 above again
with the washing of water - Eph.5:26
John 3:5 - And ye know that he (Jesus) was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
Heb.10:22 - Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having out hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water - See - Born Again (or, From above); Fountains of Living Waters vs. Cisterns
I John 5, 8 - this is he that came by water and blood, [even] Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. (8) And there are three that bear witness in the earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
Jesus was born of a woman, he was the Son of God/son of man - he was made as one of us - human, therefore, he had blood in his body. And Jesus came by water - (the word of truth/the Spirit of truth) and by blood. As humans, we all have a spirit and we all have blood, it is the water that we must learn to do and accept - that is, the word of God.
Let us look at this next scripture again -
John 17:17 - Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth
Let us also look at -
John 4:24 - God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him (God)] in spirit and in truth.
by the word - Eph.5:26
See - John 15:3 and John 17:17 above again.
John 15:4 - Abide in me, (Jesus) and I (Jesus) in you. As the branch (you) cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
in me, (Jesus), and I (Jesus) in you - John15:4
Eph.2:21-22 - In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: (22) In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. - See - Temples of God--Churches
Eph.3:17 - That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye being rooted and grounded in love,
Col.1:23 - If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and [be] not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, [and] which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
Col.2:7 - Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith; as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
I John 2:6 - He that saith he abideth in him (Jesus) ought himself also so to walk, even as he (Jesus) walked. - Also read - The First and Seventh Commandment; Marrying and Giving in Marriage
Read the above scripture again along with the phrase from John 15:4 above.
John 15:5-6 - I (Jesus) am the vine, ye (you) are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I (Jesus) in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (6) If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them and cast [them] into the fire, and they are burned.
Let me explain the above 2 verses, if we abide in Jesus, then we can bring forth much (or, more) fruit - that is the qualities and/or characteristics of the fruit of the Spirit, (see the list below), and therefore glorify God by following the things in this list. Remember, you can do nothing without Jesus.
However, if you do not abide in Jesus, then you are following the works of the flesh, these are the ways of the serpent/Satan, which glorifies him (Satan) and/or yourself, which is what the serpent/Satan deceived the woman, (Eve) into believing, that she (or, they) could do their own thing, follow their own ways, and they would be as gods, "knowing good and evil." If Adam and the woman, (Eve) had not disobeyed God's one and only commandment he had given them, there would be no evil today. - See - Marrying and Giving in Marriage It is easy for the woman to say to God, that the serpent beguiled her, or tricked or deceived her, and it is easy for Adam to say to God that the woman did give to him, but the fact of the matter is, neither one of them was strong enough spiritually to say no, and/or command the evil spirit to get out. This is what we have to do today, and every day, is to command the evil spirit to get out of our minds when it enters in, it is up to you to cast the evil spirits out. We have all been given this power to cleanse our own minds and thoughts of the evil works of the flesh.
I Cor.7:1-2 & 32-33 - Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: [It is] good for a man not to touch a woman. (2) Nevertheless, [to avoid] fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. (32) But I (Paul) would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: (33) But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please [his] wife. Please see - Temples of God--Churches for more information on this and the definition for the word "fornication."
Is one of your main goals in life to get married and perhaps have children? Are you really supposed to get married? or is this the big lie or deception of Satan/the serpent? Certainly, "fornication" is definately out! Read the above scripture carefully, I have put some of the scripture in bold and some in big print so that you can see what we are being told. See - Mark of the Beast--666 for more information. Also see - Marrying and Giving in Marriage; The First and Seventh Commandment
Let us take a look at what the branches are called who do not come to bear "good" fruit -
Heb.6:8 - But that which beareth thorns and briers [is] rejected, and [is] nigh unto cursing; whose end [is] to be burned.
They are called "thorns," and "briers," and are rejected in the end, or, burned in the fire, as we saw in John 15:6 above and in the next verse below (this is a "spiritual" fire,) - these are the "bad" qualities or characteristics which people follow and are called the works of the flesh - see list below.
Matt.7:16-20 - Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? (17) Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. (18) A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. (19) Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. (20) Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. See - Parable of the Fruit - Tree of Life; Furnace of Fire/Lake of Fire and Brimstone; and Parable of the Kingdom and Sower - Part I (for more information on the Wicked One.
"Good fruit" are also those who support one another to follow the ways of the Lord - the fruits of the Spirit and keep the ten commandments.
Let us also look at -
Luke 6:43 -45 - For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. (44) For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. (45) A good man out of the good treasure of his heart (or, mind,) bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart (or, mind,) his mouth speaketh.
You cannot be in the presence of the Lord and in the absence of the Lord at the same time, therefore, you cannot be doing the fruits of the Spirit and do the works of the flesh at the same time, it is either one or the other, but you cannot do both at the same time.
Now some may argue that you can have "joy" in the pleasures of the flesh, but the point is, you are doing the works of the flesh, and "joy" is not listed under the works of the flesh, and the pleasures of the flesh are not listed under the fruits of the Spirit, and if you en-"joy" doing the works of the flesh, then you are not in the presence of the Lord.
The following are the lists of "the fruits of the Spirit," the good characteristics, or qualities, and "the works of the flesh" the bad characteristics or qualities.
The fruits of the Spirit The works of the fleshlove - non sexual
adultery joy fornication peace uncleanness longsuffering lasciviousness gentleness idolatry goodness witchcraft faith hatred meekness variance temperance emulations wrath strife seditions heresies envyings murder drunkness revellings
This is the "good fruit" This is the "bad fruit," or, good qualities/ or, bad qualities/ characteristics characteristics also called, thorns or briers
It is up to each of us to cultivate the "good" qualities and characteristics - the "fruits of the Spirit," and to reject, or overcome and conquer the "bad qualities" - the "works of the flesh," the same as Jesus overcame all temptations and the works of the flesh which were put before him - Jesus conquered Satan and his ways.
Let us also look at the list of those who do not overcome and will be in the second death - Rev.21:7-8 - these are also the works of the flesh and bad qualities or characteristics and thus "bad fruit": fearful, unbelieving, the abominable, murderers, whoremongers, sorcerers, idolaters and all liars.
We also find the works of the flesh listed in the scriptures below -
In I Cor.6:9-10, we find that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God, these are: fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, effeminate, abusers of themselves with mandkind, thieves, covetous, drunkards, evilers, extortioners
In Eph.5:3-5, we find those who will not have any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God, they are: fornication, all uncleanness, covetousness, filthiness, foolish talking, jesting, whoremonger, unclean person, covetous man who is an idolator.
In I Timothy, chapter 1 - Paul tells his own son Timothy to teach no other doctrine and not to give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith, (vs.1-4), And that the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart and [or] a good conscience, and [of] faith unfeigned: (vs.5), From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; (vs.6) Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm,(vs.7), But we know that the law [is] good, if a man use it lawfully, (vs.8); knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but the lawless and disobedient, and for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, (vs.9), For whoremongeers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there by any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, (vs.10) - See - Tithing and Charity
Do not be deceived into believing that the law has been done away with in the New Testament -- it has not. We are told by Jesus that he did not come to do away with the law but to fulfil the law - See - Matt.5:17-20, also see - The Purpose of the Law; The First and Seventh Commandment
Rev.14:12 - Here is the patience of the saints, (the holy ones of God): here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. - See - Ten Commandments; The First and Seventh Commandment
Also read Rev.12:17 for yourself.
We see in the next scriptures, that those who let down their guard, can be overcome with the works of the flesh, let us take a look at -
James 1:13-14 - Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: (14) But every man (or, woman) is tempted, when he (or, she) is drawn away of his (or, her) own lust, and enticed.
Read the above scripture again, and pay particular attention to the printing as it gets larger, I want you to see who is responsible for our temptations.
God does not tempt you! You have to have the willpower and the strength to overcome the evils of this world - it is all up to you - you are the one who must learn to say NO to the "works of the flesh (see list above).
The next scripture is more information for the "fruit of the Spirit,"
Eph.5:9-13 - (For the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness and righteous and truth;) (10) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. (11) And having no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them](12) For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. (13) But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
As I stated above, if you are following, or, doing the "works of the flesh," then you are glorifying the serpent/Satan/Lucifer who is trying to prevent you from entering the kingdom of Christ and of God. You need to overcome all the "works of the flesh" listed above, some of the works have been included in more than one list, but all the things listed in I Cor.6:9-10; Gal.5:19-23; Eph.5:3-5; I Tim.4-10, and Rev.21:78, these are the things you need to overcome in order to get into the kingdom of Christ and of God and to avoid the second death, as well as follow all of the commandments of God. - See - Ten Commandments; The First and Seventh Commandment
Rom.13:8-10 - Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. (9) For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if [there be] any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (10) Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love [is] the fulfilling of the law.
The love spoken of here is not a sexual love, but that of a "help meet," a person helping another person, supporting one another to help them overcome the works of the flesh, and follow the fruits of the Spirit, and to praise and glorify God.
Gal.5:14 - For all the law is fulfilled in one word, [even] in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Eph.5:2 - And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us as offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. - See - Baptize, Faith, Salvation, Dead and Death, for the definition of "sweetsmelling savour" - it is near the bottom of the document.
Col.3:14 - And above all these things [put on] charity, which is the bond of perfection. - See - Rom.13:8 above again. Also see - Tithing and Charity
I Tim.1:5 - Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, (or, mind), and [of] a good conscience, and [of] faith unfeigned:
I Cor.13:13 - And now abide faith, hope, and charity, these three; but the greatest of these [is] charity.
Matt.22:36-38 - Master, which is the great commandment in the law? (37) Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (38) This is the first and great commandment. - See - The Great Commandments
For more information on "charity," please see the document entitled Tithing and Charity
Let us continue with -
John 15:7-11 - If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. (8) Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. (9) As the Father hath loved me, so have I (Jesus) loved you: continue ye in my love. (10) If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I (Jesus) have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. (11) These things have I (Jesus) spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full.
John 15:12 - This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I (Jesus) have loved you.
The first one on the list in the good qualities - the "fruits of the Spirit," is "love" - this is one of the messages that Jesus came to teach us, to love one another as he, (Jesus) loved us - a non sexual love. - See - Love One Another With Righteousness
It is the "works of the flesh," that we must strive to overcome, to conquer or to gain the victory over, (the words and/or phrases, "overcome," "conquer" and "gain the victory," have been thoroughly explained in the document, Four Horses of Revelation, however, I will include the Strong's concordance numer and definition below..) You see, with the help and strength of Jesus Christ, he will purge the works of the flesh from you, and you can overcome these works - you can conquer, and you can gain the victory over the works of the flesh, and then you can enter the kingdom of God/kingdom of heaven. The works of the flesh are not allowed in the kingdom of God/kingdom of heaven. By conquering and overcoming the works of the flesh, and keeping the commandments of God, all of them, you become a "new creature" - new person. And pray for the peace of Jerusalem - the "new city," (this has been explained in the document, Fountain of Living Waters vs. Cisterns; Born Again (or, From Above); Parable of the Kingdom and Sower - Matthew
Jesus came to show us as a human it can be done, some may argue that Jesus had super powers, but he gave these up when he came down to earth, that is why he was born of a woman, so that we could see that living a righteous life was not impossible as a human, and with the help of God, all things are possible - Matt.19:26 - See - The Spirit Within and God's Discipline; The First and Seventh Commandment; Marrying and Giving in Marriage
conquering and conquer #3528 - nikao - AV - overcome, conquer, prevail, get the victory - 1a1) of Christ, victorious over all His foes; 1a2) of Christians, that hold fast their faith even unto death against the power of their foes, and temptations and persecutions.
Let me show you what it says in -
Rev.21:6-8 - And he (Jesus - the Spirit) said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of water of life freely. (7) He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. (8) But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, the murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. - See - Fountain of Living Waters; Furnace of Fire/Lake of Fire and Brimstone
It is the "works of the flesh," that we must strive to overcome, read the definition above again.
You are the one who must exercise self-control; you, have the will power to say no; you, have the choice of whether you are going to break the laws of God or not; you, have the power to resist Satan, because every time you sin or break a law you have just made Satan very happy. Just thinking about lusting after another person is a sin. If you get angry you may lose your temper, if you lose your temper it could lead to one of swearing, hitting, hating or killing - these are just some of the sins - and sin is transgression of the law, and the love of God is not in him. - See - Sins of the Tongue or Speech; What Defiles a Person, also, Iniquity and Vanity
You will have to figure out a way to keep your bad emotions under control - for me - I count to ten slowly, to myself, then take a deep breath, and say to myself, there Satan, I will not get anger, or swear, or whatever it happened to be - the point is - you, have to figure out what works best. You may not be totally successful in the beginning, but you should improve with practice and over time it will come easier. You will fall down once in a while, but it should happen less frequently, and in fact over a long period of time of exercising self-control, it should not happen very often.
When you exercise self-control over your bad emotions, then the love of God can live in you and you will be spiritually minded, or minding of the Spirit and your spiritual life will be peaceful.
REMEMBER: God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth. - John 4:24
John 15:13-15 - Greather love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (14) Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I (Jesus) command you. (15) Henceforth I (Jesus) call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I (Jesus) have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
John 15:16-17 - Ye have not chosen me, but I (Jesus) have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. (17) These things I (Jesus) command you, that ye love one another. See - Love One Another With Righteousness
In the rest of the John 15:18-27, Jesus goes on to tell eleven disciples about the Comforter and the Spirit of Truth, and this has been explained in the document entitled, "Comforter, Holy Ghost, Spirit of Truth--The Wisdom of God."Parable of the Fruit - Tree of Life
This document is meant to help you understand your Bible more easily, however, it may not give you all the answers, you will need to study your Bible as well as read other documents, but let no one deceive you, prove all things; hold fast that which is good, because, ultimately, you, are responsible for your own salvation.
Let us end this Bible study with a prayer - O God thy heavenly Father, please help me to be a better person each day, to follow the commandments and the fruits of the Spirit, help me to strive each day to be more in thy presence, in Jesus name I ask. Amen.