1832. We want quiet, patient, waiting within the veil. As the branches, if separated from the parent stock, could produce no fruit, but would immediately wither and die, so Christians, if separate from Christ, could do nothing. "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.". A ministry without Christ in its doctrine will do nothing. Seek then to become living branches of the living vine: seek an union with the Lord Jesus Christ by faith: so shall you be enabled to bring forth fruit to his glory, and be approved by the Great Husbandman in the day that he shall come to inspect his vineyard [Note: ver. -------------------- Abide on me, I say, for I am the vine, ye the branches; thus then only from me (not ἀφʼ ἑαυτὼν, John 15:4) can you derive the living power for bearing fruit. Blue Letter Bible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. W. Lindsay Alexander, Penny Pulpit, No. The analogy in the metaphor is that the branch is in fact the vine, being in it, and part of it; but when that union is destroyed by the branch's being cut off, it dies. I grant, that in itself the assertion is very broad and unqualified: but in the sense in which it has been explained, it may be fully vindicated: [Throughout all the Holy Scriptures man is represented as dependent upon God for the communications of his grace. Power Belongs to God (Part One). No contact with the vine results in no fruit. Poetical Books It gives us the strength, will and faith to overcome our sins. This daily newsletter provides a starting point for personal study, and gives valuable insight into the verses that make up the Word of God. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. And if thus we abide in Him and bear fruit we shall “become His disciples.” The end of our discipleship is never reached on earth; we never so much are, as we are in the process of becoming, His true followers and servants. The Greek is a double negative, making this statement very. ", e. Paul said to the Athenian philosophers, "For in Him we live, we move, we have our being.". "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". Wray. Its sublimest doctrines are by far the most humiliating. By this, we will glorify God and secure our place in His Kingdom. II. Hath Christ as His prophet to teach him. I see it all now, and also see the harmony between this particular Scripture and other Scriptures, better than formerly. IV. 3. Without vital connection to the vine, there will be little fruit; with it, the believer will bear “much” fruit. As the branches, if separated from the parent stock, could produce no fruit, but would immediately wither and die, so Christians, if separate from Christ, could do nothing. "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.". "Commentary on John 15:5". ", 5. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point Let us take heed that we resist not the Spirit of God, and receive not the grace of God in vain. 85, 224. BibliographySimeon, Charles. One “bough” of that vine had appropriated a large forest tree; it had climbed the giant trunk, it had wound itself round the great gnarled arms, it had, in fact, covered every branch of the tree with garlands of its foliage, and bent down every twig with the weight of its fruit. I am the vine, ye are the branches; that is, I am as the vine, you are as the branches: without the continual influence of the vine upon the branches, they bring forth no fruit; but that influence continuing, no plant is more fruitful than a vine is: so without the continual influence of my Spirit of grace upon you, you will be altogether barren and unfruitful; but if you have that influence, you will not be fruitful only, but very fruitful: for without my continuing such influence, you will not only be able to do little, but you will be able to do nothing that is truly and spiritually good and acceptable in the sight of God. conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy The proclamation by Jesus that He was the vine and they were the branches shows that the apostles were not sufficient of themselves. Copyright StatementThese files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed. The consequences of not abiding in Him. And you must abide on me, as I on you: so ( οὗτος: he, no other than he) will you bring forth much fruit. Nye.). Wisdom Literature Deor. These brethren spoke of sinners as of people whom God might possibly gather in if He thought fit to do so; but they did not care much whether He did so or not. The hearers would understand that he was saying that he was the Messiah and the fulfillment of the covenant because of the Old Testament references to a vineyard (Isaiah 5:1–7; 27:2–6). That you have brought forth fruit, I confess; but it has been “only wild grapes [Note: Isaiah 5:2-4. This greatly enhances the production of fruit. 1. Whatever life there is in the branch, it flows out of the stem; whatever strength there is in the branch, it comes from its union with the stem; whatever foliage, whatever fruit, all come still out of its union with the stem. margin.) I am not afraid to abide the test of this experiment, and to constitute this whole assembly judges in their own cause. d. I make my home in Jesus. What if you are an outside saint and an inside devil! 5.] A SHUDDER OF FEAR. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. Not to leave the subject on a negative note, Jesus now turns to the positive, and declares, "If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you shall ask what you will and it shall be done unto you.". ", A. But our Lord’s illustration will place the matter in the clearest light. (W. Forsyth, M. Without Him providing this for us, there would be no hope at all. And if we would avoid the fire let us see to it that we are in the Vine. This mighty task he accomplished by turning the river Alpheus through it, thus performing with ease what before had appeared impossible. III. God's power and God's faithfulness are the issues that are of supreme importance to us in these critical times. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website.Original work done by Ernie Stefanik. "Commentary on John 15:5". 5. Greek. Let us pray. Without a union with Christ, we have no spiritual existence; and we may boldly say that we no more have a spiritual being in the mind of God independent of Christ, than the branch of a tree has an independent existence out of the stem in which it grows.