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.

Suppose – If Our Ifs Were Possible, Ah, Then Our Possibilities Could Be Endless

“If we believe in his powerful name, then miraculous things can begin to work because we still have the same God that existed back then (Psalms 90:2), Jesus is still alive (Revelation 1:8, 18), and people, believers like you and I, are still here to believe in the same gracious Word (see I Thessalonians 2:13). Jesus said in John 15:7, If {IF} ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. This is how to turn all of our ifs into absolutes or in Jesus’ words, it shall be done unto you!” ~LMJ~