“1 I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 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. 3 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.
5 “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. 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. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
THE SOURCE OF CHRISTIAN LIFE IS CHRIST.
2 principles in pruning:
Dead wood must be ruthlessly removed.
Live wood must be cut back drastically.
THE SECURITY OF CHRISTIAN LIFE IS ABIDING IN CHRIST.
Romans 8.1 “No condemnation for those who are in Christ.”
Results of abiding in Christ:
Effective prayer life, v7 3. Continual joy, v11
Obedience 4. Love
Galatians 2.20; Philippians 4.13
THE SUCCESS OF CHRISTIAN LIFE IS FRUIT-BEARING.
Matthew 7.16 “You will know them by their fruits.”
Order of progression:
Fruit, v2 every branch that bears fruit He prunes
More Fruit, v2 that it may bear more fruit
Much Fruit, v5 He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit
Galatians 5.22-23; John 15.9-11; Revelation 21.22 – 22.5