Verse of the Day 5-12-22

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. John 15:1-4

The analogy of the vine teaches that a vital relationship exists between Christ and the believer. Jesus claimed to be “the true vine.” This is the last of Jesus’ seven “I am” statements in this Gospel, which John used to definitively prove that Jesus is God. Vine imaginary is used in the Old Testament as a symbol for Israel. Jesus, as the true vine, fulfilled God’s intentions for the nation of Israel, that they would be God’s agent or representative to all the people of the world. God the Father is the gardener. He removes dead, fruitless branches and prunes fruitful ones so they can bear more fruit. Believers should not fear that they will be “cut off” since they are clean already. Mutual indwelling is the key to fruitfulness in the believers life. In other words you must stay connected to Jesus, the true vine, in order to live a fruitful “Christian” life.

Today’s Bible Readings:

1 Samuel 12-13, John 7:1-30, Psalm 108:1-13 and Proverbs 15:4

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