The Vine and the Branches

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Today in God’s grace, we Christians who endeavor to receive the five crowns*, which will be given out when Christ returns, are bearing fruit in Christ. We have been grafted together with Christ in God’s grace to produce spiritual fruit. We have been given the nature of Christ, his love, and his peace.

Jesus said: “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will {want}, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7). We have been given wonderful power to simply ask our God for the desires of our hearts, and those desires can be fulfilled to the point that we recognize from whence they came, and that we can thoroughly enjoy them today.

Romans 8:16:
The Spirit itself {God} beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

Jesus Christ is the Son of God (Matthew 3:17), and the Bible further states that we are the children of God, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God” (I John 3:2). Could we be in better company? God is Spirit. We are encouraged to walk in the spirit, for when and where we do, we will walk into the fullness of God and begin enjoying the “fellowship of the Spirit” (Philippians 2:1), bearing “fruit unto holiness” (Romans 6:22), blossoming with the “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23), and “that we should bring forth {this} fruit unto God” (Romans 7:4). Hebrews 13:15 encourages, “By him {By Jesus Christ} therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Our heavenly Father immensely enjoys this spiritual fruit we bear (John 15:1-5) and offer to Him as we continue walking with Him in the spirit. In other words, ― we can share with Him a fruitful, spiritual banquet consisting of the spiritual qualities of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance!

John 15:1-5:
-1: I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman {or the farmer}.
-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 {you and I} that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. {But with him “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” Philippians 4:13.}

God is the husbandman in the sense that He is the one Who cultivates and nurtures the vine and the branches that produce the fruit. And being God, He provides the sunshine as well (and the Son to shine within us). Why does a farmer work the ground and care for the crop? To partake of the abundance that his work will produce, and as we see in the above verses, we will bear the spiritual fruit that the husbandman, our heavenly Father will inevitably enjoy with us. Now the circle has been completed because our Father is the farmer or husandman Who has supplied Christ ─ the true vine, who supplies us ─ every branch, in order that we may now produce fruit unto our Father the husbandman.

This is why today we are the fruit bearing-part of Christ, for we are the branches, and Christ is the vine that connects us directly to the God of creation, infusing and uplifting us with Christ’s strength (Philippians 4:13), planted in the fertile ground of God’s healing Word. “For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ” (II Corinthians 2:15), and God being the cultivator of the garden of His delights, that is specifically – you and I (I Corinthians 3:9), He also enjoys the fruit and fragrance that we produce (John 15:1-5).

Anyone who will endeavor to nurture their Christian life is working towards receiving the five crowns* and will be daily producing the spiritual fruit revealed to us in Galatians 5:22-23.

John 15:8-9:
-8: Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
-9: As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

What an enjoyment it is for us to know with understanding that God loves us, and that Jesus Christ also loves us. This is the environment in which believers spiritually grow, and therein we can bear much fruit. This is why we are the fruit-bearing part of Christ, and the greatest fruit of all is that we can lovingly work toward the receiving of five spiritual crowns* for our future rewards.

The crown incorruptible is received by having self-control over our lives, being Word conditioned rather than world conditioned. If we by our free wills control our finances, appetites, and sensual desires; and wear comfortable shoes, sleep in a bed that is comfortable, and feel comfortable in our clothes, then our self-control can be balanced in this life.

The crown of glory is received for being respectful to our fellowman, especially towards other believers whether they are in a leadership position or not.

The crown of life is received by our believing in the truth that God does not tempt us, and this can be thoroughly understood by studying God’s approval of us in the Scriptures.

The crown of righteousness is received by our loving the return of Christ for us, for by loving the truth that he is coming back for us is a godly perspective.

The crown of rejoicing is received by our bringing a lost soul back to Christ, by sharing and witnessing about Christ’s loving example of giving his life for us ─ others need to know they are now holy and acceptable before our heavenly Father, and their acceptance is based on the completed work of Jesus Christ. Jesus said: “blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29).

Even though today we cannot literally see the five glorious crowns that can be awarded to us, the crowns are confirmed in God’s healing Word. Today as we continue believing on the confirmed realities from the Scriptures we are indeed blessed, for we are believers bearing spiritual fruit.

Colossians 3:2 – Set your affection {your thinking and your believing} on things above, not on things on the earth.

II Corinthians 4:18 – While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

*See our Bible Bytes, titled:

Many Crowns, The Crown Incorruptible, The Crown of Glory, The Crown of Life, The Crown of Righteousness, and The Crown of Rejoicing.

The Ministry and Word of Reconciliation

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

II Corinthians 5:17-18:
-17:  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature {creation}: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
-18:  And all things {that have become new to us in Christ} are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.

Jesus Christ has reconciled us to God by what he accomplished for us back in the times of the Gospel period. Now in this new era of God’s divine grace that we now live in and enjoy, and in which the Epistles make known to us, God has currently given to us the actual ministry of reconciliation. Indeed we may help inspire others into their own salvation, and thus show others the ministry of reconciliation they themselves have received. However, this ministry of reconciliation is primarily given to the individual believer so we may continuously have our own reconciliation that is confirmed before our heavenly Father. When Jesus was physically here he reconciled people back to God, but today in grace, with the physical absence of Christ, we live in the completed work of Christ, enjoying our own reconciliation. This is a God-given right, and we can always walk within our reconciliation before our God.

II Corinthians 5:19 – To wit {to know}, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses onto them {not charging their sins back to them}; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

The word committed here means to put into – us, and what God puts into us is His Word, the Word that gives us the God-given right and permission to continually be reconciled to God. The Word of reconciliation would almost be totally worthless if it came without the ministry that allows us to use it. The word ministry means to have a service for benefit that can be fully applied. It also comes with the God-given permission to walk within our calling of God in this ministry. Within the ministry of reconciliation that each of us has, we also have been given the Word, placed within our hearts, and this is what gives us the ability to be reconciled. The more we learn about the Christ within, the more of the Word of reconciliation we can aspire to.

II Corinthians 5:20 – Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you {call you} by us {the Apostles}: we pray you in Christ’s stead {place}, be ye reconciled to God.

With the ministry and Word of reconciliation we have been given an appointment, a God-given ambassadorship to live here on earth in Christ’s stead, enjoying the true reconciliation that Christ made available for us. We being ambassadors for Christ today represent his completed work not only for ourselves, but for the people we know and come in contact with.

II Corinthians 5:21 – For he {God} hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Jesus took our sins, becoming sin for us so that we might be made the righteousness of God in Christ who is now in us with the Word and ministry of reconciliation. This is what allows each believer to maintain their fellowship with God; we have the ability to continually enjoy the Word that we have received, and as it moves from our minds to our heart, that Word becomes manifested as we believe.

Your Salvation Verses

Romans 10:9-10:
-9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
-10: For with the heart man believeth unto {God’s very own} righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto {your very own} salvation.

“Nowadays, you might hear it advocated that you are not quite saved, have not given or suffered enough for the Lord, that heaven cannot be confirmed for you, that Romans 10:9-10 is not for you because you are sinful and should not be blessed and have no right to be an heir of heaven’s throne. Yet, the truth is that Jesus died for your sins, he gave, stood in, suffered, and died – for you – so that you could receive, so that you could stand at his side without having fear or doubts about your salvation or your God-given righteousness (II Corinthians 5:20-21), and you are most certainly blessed, extremely blessed (Ephesians 1:3-5, 2:4-10).” ~LMJ~