Published on January 30, 2014
Intimacy With Jesus, pt. 2
John 15:1-4 - ―I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.
3You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. 4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. NLT
John 15:5-8 – ―Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
6Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. 7But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!
8When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. NLT
I am the Vine, you are the branches… John 15:5 Copyright, Michael F. Sabo Copyright, Michael F. Sabo Copyright, Copyright, Michael F. Sabo Michael F. Sabo
…For apart from me you can do nothing. NLT 5
The Fruit of the Flesh Galatians 5:19-21 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of
anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. NLT
I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit, for without me you can do NOTHING …. John 15:5 Copyright, Michael F. Sabo
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: ….. Galatians 5:19-21 Copyright, Michael F. Sabo
1 Corinthians 3:10-15 - Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. 11For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.
12Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. 13But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value.
14If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. 15But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames. NLT
John 5:19 & 30 - So Jesus explained, ―I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.
30I can do nothing on my own. I judge as God tells me. Therefore, my judgment is just, because I carry out the will of the one who sent me, not my own will. NLT
The Fruit of the Spirit Galatians 5:22-23 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control. NLT
I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit, … John 15:5 Copyright, Michael F. Sabo
6Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. NLT
Jerusalem - A Useless Vine Ezekiel 15:1-8 - Then this message came to me from the Lord: 2―Son of man, how does a grapevine compare to a tree? Is a vine’s wood as useful as the wood of a tree?
3Can its wood be used for making things, like pegs to hang up pots and pans? 4No, it can only be used for fuel, and even as fuel, it burns too quickly. 5Vines are useless both before and after being put into the fire!
6And this is what the Sovereign LORD says: The people of Jerusalem are like grapevines growing among the trees of the forest. Since they are useless, I have set them aside to be burned!
7And I will see to it that if they escape from one fire, they will fall into another. When this happens, you will know that I am the LORD. 8And I will make the land desolate because my people have been unfaithful to me, says the Sovereign LORD. NLT
The Judas Branch By his outward following he gave the appearance of being a disciple but inwardly he was not and he was discarded.
Antichrists 1 John 2:18-19 – Dear children, the last hour is here. You have heard that the Antichrist is coming, and already many such antichrists have appeared.
From this we know that the end of the world has come. 19These people left our churches because they never really belonged with us; otherwise they would have stayed with us.
When they left us, it proved that they do not belong with us. NLT
True Disciples John 15:8 - My true disciples produce much fruit. ... NLT
John 15:7– But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! NLT
John 15:8 - When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. NLT
Two Results of Remaining in Christ Spiritual Fruit The Father is Glorified
Remember Without Abiding in Christ you can do Nothing
Meditate & Apply Do you understand that you can’t produce God honoring fruit without abiding in Jesus? Yes - Do you live your life this way? No - What might be helpful to give you a greater desire to abide in Jesus?
Meditate & Apply You might consider asking the Lord to help you understand that you can’t contribute to His kingdom without abiding in Jesus.
Meditate & Apply Ask the LORD to make you a fruitful branch that glorifies our heavenly father.
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