33Derickson, “Viticulture and John 15:1-6,” 50. 21Clarke, Adam, Commentary on John 15, The Adam Clarke Commentary. As Christians, we need to consider the text in light of how it applies to us. 46 This is speaking from man’s point of view, as in Matthew 7:20. In the case of Christ, however, he chose his pupils. Not only does love have salvation potential, but it brings glory to God. 2Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. The theme of unity is brought to the forefront from the beginning of this section. There are so many truths compacted in John 15 that we can only touch upon some of these truths. Not only so, but he also cares for the vineyard. You can check these in your browser security settings. the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. Accessed April 26, 2018. In this passage, Jesus prepares his disciples for his time away from Earth by challenging them to remain in Him through obedience and love. The Lord Jesus told us that if we keep His commandments we would abide in His love – we would remain in His love – we would rest in His love. She moved to Denver three years ago and has been working as an administrator for the Denver Church of Christ but will be starting a teaching job in August. It is only used in 3:29 previously in this Gospel. We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. 61Hutchinson, John C, “The Vine in John 15 and Old Testament Imagery in the ‘I Am’ Statements,” 65. 1 (1982): 115-128. With this in mind, Jesus declares that he is the true vine. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. It is when a man keeps Christ’s commandments that he abides in Christ’s love.”43 One is reminded of John’s message in 1 John 2, which says that we know God and are complete in his love if we keep his commands. First of all, the word “true” is the Greek alēthinos, which means real, genuine, or trustworthy. 5Derickson, “Viticulture and John 15:1-6,” 44. 54Gench, Frances Taylor, “John 15:12-17,” 183. 4Abide in me, and I in you. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Spoken to them…done among them the works: “So then He puts before us two forms of His manifestation of the divine nature, by His words and His works. 43Morris, Leon, The New International Commentary on the New Testament: The Gospel According to John, 673. This is not a forceful removal by God but a choice of the person. Accessed April 26, 2018. Frustration or anger can flare up quickly with others as well. Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. He repeats the conditional phrase: “if you remain in me” in verse 7, but this time he adds “and my words remain in you.” In order to be in close relationship with Christ, one must remember and live by his words. As Jesus has been teaching the disciples, their hearts have been pruned. Brown, David. 44Pack, Frank, The Living Word Commentary: The Gospel According to John Part 11, 75. Jesus is the vine and the disciples are the branches, and they will only bear fruit as they remain in Him. Morris, Leon. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. 48Morris, Leon, The New International Commentary on the New Testament: The Gospel According to John, 674. It is used 23 times in the Gospel of John. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. Teaching about Jesus helps others develop their own relationship with him. Despite technological connections, humans are more isolated than ever before. Follow Desiring God on Facebook. Verse 9a speaks of the Father, Jesus, and the disciples, which parallels the gardener, true vine, and branches of verse 1. What does it mean to “bear fruit”? 32Clarke, Adam, Commentary on John 15, The Adam Clarke Commentary. Our own, often quite casual use of the language of friendship does not do justice to it.”53 In other words, this pronouncement that disciples are Jesus’ friends is special. John is sailing sky-high: are … Choi, P. Richard. Jul 9, 2015. 15 Choi, P. Richard, “I Am the Vine: An Investigation of the Relations Between John 15:1-6 and Some Parables of the Synoptic Gospels,” 57, accessed April 26, 2018, EBSCOhost ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. These 17 verses aren't long, b… “To John’s way of thinking, the power of such love is utterly compelling.”51 The love that he was about to show on the cross was to be their motivation and example in loving one another. He humbly washed their feet and began to describe the events that would lead to his crucifixion. equipping the saints for works of ministry, by Anna Hunsaker -- Denver, Colorado, USA. Anna Hunsaker grew up in the International Church of Christ in Charlotte, North Carolina and is incredibly grateful for how her parents and community raised her. Accessed May 10, 2017. https://www.biblegateway.com. Gench, Frances Taylor. It is part of what New Testament scholars have called the ' farewell discourse ' of Jesus. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. It grew wild (Jer 2:21) or became useless (Ezek 15:1-5). See Special Topic: Abiding at 1 John 2:10. Complete Commentary on John 15.Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete). God's Word is amazing! Jesus Christ had just made an important announcement to His disciples: I am the Vine, He declared, and My Father is the Vinedresser. But not so. EBSCOhost ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials. I am convicted to take seriously the mission which Jesus has appointed me. 60Derickson, “Viticulture and John 15:1-6,” 52. The church can also grow in glorifying God through relationships. This immediate reference to God is characteristic of the Gospel of John. Jesus wants his followers to not only be connected to him but to each other. The Parable of the Sower, The Parable of the Weeds, The Parable of the Mustard Seed, The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard.) John uses the term to describe friendship. Those who pull away from Christ become useless. 2 (April 2004): 181-184. 24Barnes, Albert, Commentary on John 15, Barnes’ Notes on the New Testament. Accessed May 1, 2018, http://classic.studylight.org/com/mhc-com/view.cgi?book=joh&chapter=015. 3Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. He uncovers the inner corruption and hypocrisy of men, and they react violently to the disclosure.” (Tenney), ii. They any understanding which: But this is exactly what some teachers do with John 15:1-8 by putting specific meaning onto the word ‘remain’ or ‘abide’. “To be halfhearted is to get the worst of both worlds,”48 and “the joy of the hypocrite is but for a moment, but the joy of those who abide in Christ’s love is a continual feast.”49 Followers of Christ would have to decide if they would obey him no matter the circumstances. (This will be expounded in the discussion of verse 6). To bear the fruit God intended, they needed to continue to rely on Jesus and to respond to his instruction.”60 He called them to produce fruit, through “the vital union with Christ,”61 of good character and making disciples, in order to bring glory to God. Viticultural analogies can still be understood today, and the concepts of obedience and love in action transcend time and place. Love is obedience. John 15:1-17 is centered around an analogy of a vine and its branches; and therefore, it cannot be accurately understood without a discussion of viticulture in Jesus’ day. John 14 John 15 John 16 I Am the True Vine 1“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. At the same time, it is important to note that connection with Jesus also allows us to love others. God is the ultimate authority. “Going” is an external action, not an inner state of being. Read John 15 commentary using Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete). 1706. Segovia, Fernando F. “The Theology and Provenance of John 15:1-17.” Journal of Biblical Literature101, no. Though … The Greek word “appointed” in verse 16 is tithēmi meaning to place; to lay; to set or appoint; to assign; and commit. Half-heartedness and hypocrisy would not do. It is uncertain how much the disciples understood about what was about to take place, but Jesus proceeds to comfort them and prepare them for his coming death. “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”64 Deep, familial relationships will impact hearts both inside and outside of the church, and they will glorify God. 50Gench, Frances Taylor, “John 15:12-17,” 183. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. 29Pack, Frank, The Living Word Commentary: The Gospel According to John Part 11, 73. Background image by Kuba Bozanowski. Pin 141. Scripture: John 15:16. “No other duty of religion is more frequently inculcated, nor more pathetically urged upon us, by our Lord Jesus, than that of mutual love.”59 Jesus knew that the message of love is what his disciples need to cling to at the time of his death and departure from Earth. 3Derickson, “Viticulture and John 15:1-6,” 34. Jesus' teaching on the vine and the branches isn't like most of the parables in the Synoptic Gospels, which are usually stories with one or more spiritual points. 15:5). See John 15:4-5 (printed below) Remain in me, and I will remain in you. 28Laney, J. Carl, “Abiding is Believing: The Analogy of the Vine in John 15:1-6,” 65. Ultimately, these questions are of little significance to the meaning of John 15:1-17. He says that to “abide means being loyal to Christ, faithful to his commands.”29 Obedience and faith are important to the concept of loyalty, and loyalty allows one to maintain a committed relationship. Accessed May 1, 2018, http://classic.studylight.org/com/acc/view.cgi?book=joh&chapter=015. John sees them as working together.”14 Indeed, Jesus makes clear that His connection to the Father is essential and that he relies on God’s authority. Israel was to trust the Lord in loving obedience and humility of heart. According to John Hutchinson, “in every instance when Israel in its historical life is depicted in the Old Testament as a vine or vineyard, the nation is set under the judgement of God for its corruption, sometimes explicitly for its failure to produce good fruit.”10 Israel as God’s vineyard/ vine was corrupted. 19Derickson, “Viticulture and John 15:1-6,” 41. John 15:1-17 recounts an essential message from Jesus to his followers in preparation for his death, resurrection, and ascension to Heaven. The New International Commentary on the New Testament: The Gospel According to John.Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1971. Because of this, Jesus appointed them for the mission of spreading the gospel. Home background image by jakeliefer. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. Clarke, Adam. (5) I am the vine, you are the branches. The word “clean” here is the same word used for “prune” in verse 2. In John 13:35, Jesus tells the disciples that everyone will know that they are his followers by their love for one another. 23 Choi, P. Richard, “I Am the Vine: An Investigation of the Relations Between John 15:1-6 and Some Parables of the Synoptic Gospels,” 60. Accessed April 28, 2018. https://www.blueletterbible.org/. John 15:1-8 Inductive Bible Study The parable of the vine (1-8) Jesus is the vine (1) The Father is the gardener (1) I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. They will no longer be united with the true vine. John Piper Jul 9, 2015 517 Shares Sermon. At the time of Jesus’ departure from Earth, they had already been prepared to bear fruit.25 This shows that Jesus is encouraging, not reproaching the disciples. Some Pastoral Implications of John 15:1-8,” 11. 38Morris, Leon, The New International Commentary on the New Testament: The Gospel According to John, 672. ― 2 John 9 . Verse 1 continues with Jesus saying that his Father, God, is the vineyard gardener. Accessed April 26, 2018. Because agrarian practices were familiar, Jesus used them so that his audience would be more likely to understand his teachings. 27Hutchinson, John C, “The Vine in John 15 and Old Testament Imagery in the ‘I Am’ Statements,” 64. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Others can be grafted into the vine as I have been. Some Pastoral Implications of John 15:1-8.” The Reformed Theological Review:11-19. We want to teach our kids to have virtue. EBSCOhost ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials. Eight of those times it is used to mean “lift up,” while the other thirteen times have the meaning: “take away.” Because “branches” refers to believers, the translation here is most likely “take away.” If there is no fruit, no evidence of belief, then the branch will be cut off from Christ. Its uses in John include references to the Spirit remaining on Jesus, terms of physical location, remaining in Jesus (as in communion), holding to His teachings, belonging to God’s family, remaining guilt, and the Spirit being in the disciples. These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. 1. prayer (John 15:7; 14:14) 2. obedience (John 15:10, 14, 17, 20; 14:15,21,23,24) 3. joy (John 15:11) 4. love (John 15:12; 14:21,23,24) These are all evidences of a personal relationship with God. Morris says, “discipleship is not static, but a growing and developing way of life. John 15:1-17 focuses on ideas and themes that are not restricted to a certain culture or time period. 15:1 [the last of Jesus’ “I am” sayings] “I am the true [genuine] vine, and my Father is the gardener [farmer; vinedresser; the owner of the vine; the one who cultivates the vine so that it will produce its maximum yield].. BNN says it this way: bearing fruit means “to show by our lives that we are under the influence of the religion of Christ... also to live so as to be useful to others.”24 In other words, if one lives by the fruit of the Spirit, with Christ-like characteristics and good works, they will also influence the lives of others and help lead them to the salvation that Christ offers. Jesus tells the disciples to go and bear fruit. It is a word that has lost some of its meaning in the English language. © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . This term is also used twice in 1 John: “truth,” and in saying that God is true. Not only was viticulture familiar in Palestine, but vines and vineyards were a common motif in ancient religions. “It is simple obedience. 20Laney, J. Carl, “Abiding is Believing: The Analogy of the Vine in John 15:1-6,” 57. Others, however, believe that the vine and branches analogy “does not depend so much on the practices of viticulture in the days of either Jesus or John, but rather depends on the portrayal of Israel as a vine.”9 As mentioned earlier, vines and vineyards were used in many Old Testament writings, and especially in relation to Israel as a nation. This article is about the chapter of the Bible. The Analogy & Viticulture in Palestinian Culture. During this teaching, Jesus is speaking to the apostles, not the general crowds. This bearing of witness may have had special application to the apostles. 55Henry, Matthew, Complete Commentary on John 15, Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete). Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. 35Clarke, Adam, Commentary on John 15, The Adam Clarke Commentary. Obedience requires action which is only made possible through loving interactions with others. Hospitality is a great practical way to extend community to the lonely. “Abiding is Believing: The Analogy of the Vine in John 15:1-6.” Bibliotheca Sacra (Spring 1989): 55-66. John 15:16 helps each of us get a clear vision of what God has for our lives. For the first few weeks o… “The emphasis now is upon their going out and bringing his words of salvation to men.”57 The fruit of evangelism is lasting because it leads others to eternal life. Blue Letter Bible. The phrase “have kept” here is in the perfect tense which emphasizes Jesus’ completed obedience to the Father.44 Jesus did not expect his disciples to do anything that he had not already done. Of these two He puts His words foremost, as being a deeper and more precious and brilliant revelation of what God is than are His miracles.” (Maclaren), iii. EBSCOhost ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials. Commentary on John 15:9-17 (Read John 15:9-17) Those whom God loves as a Father, may despise the hatred of all the world. Fernando Segovia says, “this specific command of Jesus to the disciples is grounded directly on the mode of Jesus’ love for them.”52 Love for one another ties John 15:1-17 together, but that love for one another is rooted in the ultimate love of Christ. Jesus draws our attention to a fruitful vine and then provides two primary applications for us to learn from -- pruning the branches and abiding in the vine. There are varying views on this concept as well. Powered by Squarespace. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. EBSCOhost ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials. The Gospel According to John.Accessed May 1, 2018. https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/jfb/Jhn/Jhn_015.cfm?a=1012001. “The true vine is the one that is the highest, most ultimate realization, the perfect replacing the imperfect.”12 Through this imagery, Jesus establishes that he is the “messianic fulfillment of Old Testament imagery,”13 and that he would be the way to produce fruit and honor God. Without the fruit of righteous living, the kingdom of God will not grow. 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. The word “remain” or “abide” is used 10 times throughout John 15:1-10, so it is clearly an important concept. “Vines were often used to express fruitfulness, dependence, vital union, [and] pruning.”6 It was also “associated with the life of the people.”7 This comparison was frequent in Judaism as well. 58Bolt, Peter, “What Fruit Does the Vine Bear? 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