The Vine and the Branches
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command.
What a wise and a widely celebrated analogy from Christ: the vine and the branches. He is the “I Am”. Jesus uses this metaphor to explain how our spiritual life, as born-again believers, is drawn from His life. God’s plan for our lives is to progress from barrenness to fruitfulness, to spiritual abundance. Also very important here is that Jesus also repeats His command for believers to love each other. What a joy to know that if we keep this command, we are friends of Jesus! Wow!
Jesus refers to abiding in Him, referring to those who are truly connected to the True Vine, and who bear Spiritual fruit as a result (John 15:1–6).
At the same time, Jesus refers to those in whom His words abide.That is the same deeply rooted, intimate, life-giving relationship as between the vine and branches. We need the same dependency and closeness with Jesus. He clearly connects fulfilled prayer to the will of God the Father. When a person’s prayer is wholly, entirely aligned with the Word and the will of God, that person is legitimately praying in the name of Christ.
What we must remember is this analogy is not a license for believers to treat God like a magic genie or a vending machine, expecting Him to give you everything you desire. No! Bearing Spiritual fruit only comes when we abide in the power of Christ, and answered prayer only happens when what we pray for is part of God’s will.