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John 15:1-6 – Jesus Christ, the True Vine

Summary

Jesus identifies himself as the true vine and his Father as the vinegrower. Jesus' followers are to abide in him, just as branches abide in the vine that holds them.

Analysis

The image of the vine identifies Jesus as the source of life for his followers, who are called "branches." The life Jesus provides is the love that he gives to others. Those who abide in Jesus the vine abide in his love. As they do so, they produce the fruit of love by showing love for others. This is one of the seven "I am" sayings in John's Gospel. Since the expression "I am" recalls the name of God, who is the "I Am" (Exodus 3:14), these sayings emphasize that Jesus is God's Word in the flesh.

John 15:1-6

Jesus the True Vine

15‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower. 2He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes* to make it bear more fruit. 3You have already been cleansed* by the word that I have spoken to you. 4Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. 5I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. 6Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.

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