YESHUA ... The True Vine
John Chapter 15
How many times we Christians fail to achieve the results we long
for. We strive, struggle and strain to further the Gospel cause,
only to fail time and again. It is a common experience of millions
of believers around the world. Do you know why? Have you ever
stopped to analyse your failures and tried to find out what went
wrong and why you so often miss your target? Are you willing
to humble yourself and take a few lessons which if applied will
transform your life? Do you want to learn how to work with the
Almighty rather than against Him? Do you long to understand His
methods for achieving meaningful results in your own life and
in the Vineyard of Salvation? Of course you do. All sincere
Christians do. I do.
To begin with let me suggest that you study the Creator's Book
of Nature. There you will find tens of thousands of practical
lessons being portrayed before your very eyes; all created
by the Almighty for the express purpose of teaching us
humans specific spiritual lessons. In today's sermon we shall
consider a few major lessons from the parable of the True
1. The Husbandman
Yahweh is a husbandman, a shepherd, a gardener, a
vine-dresser and a producer of flowers and fruit.
He is the owner and keeper of heaven's spiritual vineyard.
His stock of plants are of the finest quality and His
horticultural knowledge is beyond compare. The quality of
His produce is astonishing to say the least. That is the first
fact you must grasp; that Yahweh is a Shepherd, a Gardener
and a Husbandman.
2. The True Vine
In the Vineyard of Salvation there is one extra special plant,
a vine of surpassing beauty and worth. It is the Almighty's prize possession;
a plant on which His attention is continually focused and from which He
produces the best grapes and the choicest wine. This plant is a seedling from
Himself. It is His Son.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.”
(John 15: 1)
Satan has tried to duplicate the produce of this sacred vine;
but he has not succeeded. His plant is the wild vine of Sodom
and his fruit is likened to the harvests of Gomorrah.
||32: “For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah:|
their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter:
33: Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.”
3. The Branches
It is difficult, if not impossible at this time, to grasp the
reality of a believer's position in the work of God. So often we
Christians think we are of little or no importance
and that the Almighty can not do anything meaningful with our
lives. How wrong we are. How very wrong. Consider this verse.
“I am the vine, YE are the branches.”
(John 15: 5)
Everyone knows that trees cannot produce fruit without branches.
This verse puts that spiritual lesson, which is seen in every
orchard of the world, into perspective. It means that every true
believer, even the very smallest, is potentially a fruit-bearing
4. The Fruit
We all know that the main objective in keeping a vineyard is to
produce grapes and wine to gladden the heart. In the Vineyard
of Salvation the whole purpose of producing fruit is to gladden
the heart of the Vine-dresser (God) by bringing others to salvation.
This brings the Most High great happiness. One needs little imagination
to grasp this fact. The sacred fruit which the Most High produces
in the lives of His people are mentioned in this verse:
There are, however, a few other points from this parable of the
true vine which can easily escape our notice. They are:
||22: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,|
23: Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
In other words, failure to produce fruit after a given period
of time will result in being cut off! Moreover,
even success, results in heavy pruning in order to produce more
fruit! These are sobering thoughts. Bear them in mind.
||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.”
||6: “If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.”
Abiding in Yeshua the Vine
In other words, unless a believer keeps in constant contact with
the Saviour, success will never come. There will be no fruit in
that believer's life; no love, joy, peace etc., and certainly
no souls won for the Kingdom of Heaven.
||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.”
Yahweh's greatest achievements are found in the field of
salvation. His literal creation - marvellous though it
is - fades by comparison with His work of salvation.
The opening of people's hearts and minds to truth,
the production of spiritual fruit (love, joy, peace,
generosity, gratitude, mercy, kindness, humility, patience
etc.) under the most hostile conditions, all demonstrate
Yahweh's real power. In Him we see a gardener of unique
and supreme ability; One who can produce the most delicious
fruit in virtually any environment and also in the poorest
of soils. (souls) Quality fruit thus produced is testimony
of the Almighty's love, wisdom, mercy, power, patience and skill.
||8: Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
5. Secrets of Success
In John 15 two spiritual secrets of success are mentioned.
They are obedience and prayer. All who apply
this twin formula in the garden of their lives will never
fail to produce ‘fruit, fruit that lasts.’
Let us now consider these two secrets.
Obedience is Abiding in God
What does it mean to abide in the Saviour?
The Master answers this question in these words:
||5: “He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
Faithfully keeping the commandments of God is the very first secret a
believer must learn. That is what is meant by the term ‘abiding’
in the Father and the Son. I repeat: obedience is abiding in the LORD God.
||10:“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.”
The second secret is based on the first. Indeed it will not
work unless that first step - obedience - has been
taken. The second secret concerns some of the most astonishing
promises in all Scripture, promises about prayer. Here
are a few texts which contain invaluable information concerning
this vital secret.
This is an amazing promise by any standards. To ensure that we
are not reading it amiss the Saviour repeats it several
times. Note his words:
||7:“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”
Pause dear friend and try to take in the content of these weighty,
divine promises. Read them over and over and over and over again,
because they present the greatest prayer guarantees in all Scripture.
What do they mean? They mean exactly what they say:
||16: “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”
||23: “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily,verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.|
24: Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”
||13: “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.|
14: If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”
Ask the Father for anything yes - anything - in Yeshua’s name and you will have it.
Also carefully note the words: that the Father
may be glorified in the Son. Millions of Christians (including
myself) often deceive themselves into thinking that what we are
asking for is for the Father's glory; when all
the while, quite unbeknown to ourselves, we are seeking our own
glory. Such prayers, I have learned by bitter experience, accomplish
nothing. If anything, they are a waste of breath and time. My
sincere advice to you is: Make every effort to understand and
meet those two parameters:
The Most High is patiently waiting for believers to avail
themselves of these amazing offers. He has promised virtually
everything of real value to the obedient, unselfish and humble
petitioner. It is now up to us to avail ourselves of these
staggering promises. Are you big enough to believe them, to
meet those mandatory conditions and to ask? For more detail see
Promises about Prayer.
- Faithful Obedience ... and
- Ask in the Son’s Name for the Father’s glory
Strange asit may seem there are some who are extremely jealous
of Yahweh's success. They hate everything He stands for and they
detest His commandments. They are unable to personally attack
the Most High, so they vandalize His property and vent their
anger on His vineyard. They seek to demolish His work and break
the branches off the true vine.
||10: “Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.”
7. The Rain
But the Almighty is ever watchful of His vineyard.
Besides the constant care and attention He gives it, He sends
spiritual rain at the right time. Notice His promise
concerning the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is to the gospel work what literal rain is to a garden or vineyard.
We believers are told to ‘ask for rain - at the time of the latter
rain.’ And Yahweh will send the rain. Are you asking for the latter rain?
||26: “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.”
||1: “Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.”
Let me close by inviting you to the Vineyard of the
LORD of Hosts; to become a successful, fruit-laden
branch on Yeshua the Messiah - the True Vine!
In the Son’s Name — For the Father’s glory.
Elder: Max W. Mader