Abiding In Christ
Theme: Abiding In Christ
Bible reading: John 15:1-8
Preacher: Rev Kennedy Owiredu
To fully appreciate the story of the vineyard in John 15, we would go into agriculture
and learn a little about the vine plant.
Vine is a weak-stemmed plant. It is either planted by the trailing method or the usage of
poles as support. The vine plant needs to be managed very well to yield the expected
number of fruits. In vine plantation, there are two (2) types of pruning;
the severe pruning (post-harvest pruning) and the mild pruning (pre-harvest pruning).
The post-harvest pruning is done to remove fruitful branches to make it possible for
non-fruitful ones to bear fruits during the next harvest. The mild pruning is done
to prepare branches for blooming. It is not as severe as the post-harvest pruning.
The story of the vine and the vineyard in John 15:1-8 mainly talks about our salvation and
our relationship in Christ as Christians. Jesus compares believers to the branches of the
vineyard (Jesus Christ) with God as the gardener.
‘He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that
do bear fruit so they will produce even more.’ John 15:2 NLT
Does 'cut off' mean to get rid off?
Does God cut off believers who are not fruitful?
If yes, does that mean a christian can lose his salvation?
Cut off in John 15:2 means to take up, to lift up, to raise up or to attach to fruitful branches.
This means God lifts up non fruit bearing believers in order to be fruitful.
He manages the growth of a fruitless believer to aid him bear fruits.
We were dead in our sins but Jesus rose us up. A christian does not lose his salvation
because we were saved by grace and our salvation is sustained by grace.
‘Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers.
Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned.’ John 15:6 NLT
The verse 6 takes us back to the idea of severe pruning. After fruitfulness, the work of the
branch is done. A branch is useless without the vine. That is how life is without Jesus.
Anyone who does not remain in Christ is like branch detached from the vine plant;
he is useless, withers away and burnt.
'But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want,
and it will be granted!’
Draw the essence of living on Christ!