“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.  “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask
what you desire, and it shall be done for you.  “By this My Father is
glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.  “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.  “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.  “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.  “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.
What are the facts of the passage?:
What do those facts mean?:
6) - If a
man, abide not in me—See John 15:4. If a man is not truly united to
him by faith, and does not live with a continual sense of his dependence
on him. This doubtless refers to those who are professors of religion, but
who have never known anything of true and real connection with him.
dried up. A branch cut off withers. So of a soul unconnected with Christ,
however fair it may have appeared. However flourishing when a profession
of religion was first made, yet when it is tried, and it is seen that
there was no true grace, everything withers and dies. The zeal languishes,
the professed love is gone, prayer is neglected, the sanctuary is
forsaken, and the soul becomes like a withered branch reserved for the
fire of the last great day. See a beautiful illustration of this in Ezek.
word “men” is not in the original, and should not have been in the
translation. The Greek is “they gather them,” a form of expression
denoting simply they are gathered, without specifying by whom it is done.
From Matt. 13:40-42, it seems that it will be done by the angels. The
expression means, as the withered and useless branches of trees are
gathered for fuel, so shall it be with all hypocrites and false professors
7) - My
words—My doctrine; my
in you - Not only are
remembered, but are suffered to remain in you as a living principle, to
regulate your affections and life.
shall ask - See John 14:13. This
promise had particular reference to the apostles. It is applicable to
other Christians only so far as they are in circumstances similar to the
apostles, and only so far as they possess their spirit. We learn from it
that it is only when we keep the commandments of Christ—only when we
live by faith in him, and his words are suffered to control our conduct
and affections, that our prayers will be heard. Were we perfect in all
things, he would always hear us, and we should be kept from making an
improper petition; but just so far as men regard iniquity in their heart,
the Lord will not hear them, Ps. 66:18.
8) - Herein—In
this—to wit, in your bearing much fruit.
fruitful in good works; are faithful, zealous, humble, devoted, always
abounding in the work of the Lord. This honors God.
is, in doing this.
Shall ye be my disciples—This is a true test of character. It is not by profession, but it is by a holy life, that the character is tried. This is a test that it is easy to apply, and one that decides the case. It is worthy of remark that the Savior says that those who bear much fruit are they who are his disciples. The design and tendency of his religion is to excite men to do much good, and to call forth all their strength, and time, and talents in the work for which the Savior laid down his life. Nor should anyone take comfort in the belief that he is a Christian who does not aim to do much good, and who does not devote to God all that he has in an honest effort to glorify his name, and to benefit a dying world. The apostles obeyed this command of the Savior, and went forth preaching the gospel everywhere, and aiming to bring all men to the knowledge of the truth; and it is this spirit only, manifested in a proper manner, which can constitute any certain evidence of piety.
How do those facts apply to my life?:
The matter of abiding in Christ is a key one to the Christian life. We are to abide in Christ and thus we will bear fruit. It is connected very closely to both loving Him and obeying Him. As we have seen, if we say that we love Him and yet do not obey His Father’s commands, we are deceiving ourselves. The transformation that occurs at salvation is such that obedience is the inevitable result of conversion. Certainly, that obedience is to varying degrees depending on the particular believer, but we must be careful not to use it for an excuse for sin. We must submit to the vinedresser and abide it the vine if we are to be what God desires us to be.
What should I do in response?:
Am I abiding in the vine?
How is my obedience to Christ?
How is my walk with Him in regard to His commands?
Does my activity match my feeling for Him?
Am I abiding in the vine? How is my obedience to Christ? How is my walk with Him in regard to His commands? Does my activity match my feeling for Him?
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