Abiding in Him-The New Testament walk of Faith
John 15:1-6: "I am the true vine, and my Father 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. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 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. 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".
First let’s define the term husbandman: The term husbandman means “farmer” or “worker of the soil.” 2 Timothy 2:6 . The husbandman who laboreth must be the first partaker of the fruits. James 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. From the above definitions, take note that the husbandman laboreth and He is patient. Second,take note that Jesus was talking about realities that will happen after His resurrection. He was teaching what His resurrection will make available. Today, it is a reality to us (John 14:20) , but to them it was not yet a reality. In the resurrection, the Father is the ONLY worker(husbandman). Christ is the Vine and the believer is IN the vine. The believer is in Christ (John 14:10). Verse 1: I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Jesus calls the Father husbandman because He is the one who does the work(John 14:10). The husbandman owns the farm and works in it. The fruitfulness of the farm depends on the husbandman or is the responsibility of the husbandman. A tree does not plant or nurture itself. It is another who plants and nurtures it. The branch grows in response to the work of the husbandman. Verse 2: Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Please read carefully….This verse especially is talking about spiritual growth. Fruitfulness has to do with spiritual growth and not losing salvation as many think...….He taketh away in the original text means : He "lifts up" not “cast away” or throw away.
As seen from the passage, both the branch that bears fruits and the branch that does not bear fruits are all the work of the husbandman (God). By implication, if the branch is not bearing fruits, it is husbandman’s work to ensure that it bears fruits. There are many believers who were not producing fruits but they are now producing fruits. I am a great example. How did this happen? He was and is still working on me by connecting me to the right teachings.
There are believers who are still not bearing fruits in the body of Christ. That does not mean that they are doomed! No!!! God is patient and He is still working on them and He will eventually help them to bear fruits by connecting them to the right teachings. That is why He gave gifts to men (the five folds ministry Eph 4:11-12) for the perfecting of the saints. In other words, He gave gifts to men so that His children can grow and bear fruits. He who started a good work in you, will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6) He does not cast away His children! God does not cast away His children. He is a responsible Father. He does not give birth and abandon His children like some street woman or father. It is the Father’s job to work on us so we can grow and bear fruits. The nurturing of the family is the responsibility of the Father. The believer is the Father’s work. We are His workmanship (Eph 2:10). We as humans do love our children even after they die and we never abandon them even when they are wayward. What more of God who loves us more than the way we love our children? He can never cast us away (Romans 8:38-39). If the farm produces fruits, He(God) succeeds. If the farm does not produce fruits, He fails. But God was not telling us that part of His work will fail. On the contrary, He was saying that if any branch has an issue with productivity, He will help that branch(believer) to produce fruits. Both the one that produces and the branch that does not produce are the Father’s responsibility. The reward of the farm is the result of the work of the husbandman. Bearing fruits has to do with our conduct and bearing fruit is still the responsibility of the Father (Philippians 2:12-13). He ensures that the branch bears fruits. The bearing of fruit is an expression of the Father’s work in the believer. Philippians 2:13 clearly shows that spiritual growth is not self-effort. It is our response to the Father’s teaching. Jesus gave gifts to men to grow His family and bear fruits. Verse 3,4 & 5: You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. The word of God cleanses /transforms us. Once you accept Christ, you abide in Him. Then, grow in the knowledge of Christ and you shall bear fruits. He who does not accept Christ, does not abide in Him and CANNOT bear fruits no matter his high moral standards. Only those in Christ can bear fruits. Verse 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. This is a branch that is not in the vine (Unbelievers). He who does not accept the gospel is doomed/condemned(John 3:18). Note that verse 2 talks about a branch in the vine (believer) and verse 6 talks about a branch that is not in the vine (unbeliever). Believers have different treatment from unbelievers. Stick to the word of God, do not resist the truth, keep growing in the knowledge of Christ.
For the Believer's faith walk to be result oriented, he must have a full grabs of the following realities about his New birth in Christ.
1. The integrity of God's word
2. The reality of his redemption in Christ
3. The reality of his new creation in Christ Jesus.
4. The reality of His fellowship with the Father.
5. His rights to use the power in the name of Jesus Christ.
6. The reality of His Righteousness in Christ Jesus
7. The reality of the Indwelling of the Holy Ghost in Him
# Disseminating the truth
# Bringing freedom
# Perfecting the saints.