The I Am Teachings Of Jesus
Learning From Jesus – Lesson 8
Scripture To Consider:
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser. Every branch in Me [every confessing follower] that does not bear fruit He [My Father] takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”
“You are already clean because of the Word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch [every confessing follower] cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in Me.”
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He [or she] who abides in Me, and I in him [or her] bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he [or she] is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire [hell’s fire], and they are burned.” John 15.1-6
Something To Consider:
According to most lists of Jesus’ “I am” teachings, this I am teaching is usually the last and final teaching. But there are other I am teachings in the book of Revelation according to Jesus. For today, we will focus on Jesus’ “I am the true vine”, teaching and heaven endorsed authoritative statement.
Jesus declared, “I am the true vine”, therefore, indicating that there is a false vine. Read that biblical fact again! Let that truth sink deep within our spirit. And in actuality, there are many false vines, many false prophets, many false teachers, and many false concepts as it pertains to the kingdom of God. This is a must understand truth!
But our focus will be on Jesus, the true vine within true Christianity. Though we must know and understand to a certain degree the fact that there are false vines, we need not focus our attention on the counterfeit, but rather on the true vine of Jesus!
Something Else To Consider:
Yes, Jesus is the true vine, from which we the branches, receive every ounce of nutrients, vitamins, sustaining value, and spiritual sustenance in order to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. And to add to the truth of Jesus being the true vine, God the Father is the Vinedresser of the kingdom of God vineyard.
According to Jesus, as believing and confessing followers of Jesus, we are the branches. Therefore, we are crucially connected to Jesus the true vine. And yet, in God the Father’s timing, if we are not bearing fruit, as a branch, we are taken away. Wow! What does being taken away mean?
According to Jesus and our Scripture to consider, being taken away means being removed at some point from the vine of Jesus, becoming withered, and being burned in the end in the fire of hell, which was created for Satan and his demonic entourage. But compromising so-called religious leaders who prefer the financial coffers of the church to remain full, teach misleading untruths in order to tickle the ears of their followers.
Therefore, proclaimers of the false doctrine of Once Saved Always Saved have a very different way of dealing with this Scripture truth proclaimed by Jesus. The liberal minded pastors I have discussed this Scripture with attempt shamefully to claim Jesus did not mean what the text clearly declares. They claim the withering and burning with fire of the fruitless branches is simply symbolic and is not dealing with eternal consequences.
How shameful it is to be found in disagreement with Jesus and to be found guilty of misleading those who have placed themselves under the care and leadership of such destructive wolves in sheep’s clothing. But how did this happen? How did the infiltrating of evil become so overwhelming within the so-called church?
Something More To Consider:
Jesus spoke to this in Mark 4.30-32, by stating for the record; “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it? It is like a mustard seed which when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth; but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade.”
The mustard seed and its abnormal growth represents the so-called church on earth. The birds of the air in parables represent evil. Jesus explained that in the future, evil would permeate the so-called church and bring its damnable untrue heresies and false doctrines to the forefront by the evil false ministers trained in the seminaries, and so-called bible colleges around the world and especially in America.
But let us turn our attention away from the unfruitful, compromising, and evil bird-like branches that have found comfortable lodging within the church down through the centuries. And let us focus our attention to the spiritual pruning process of the true branches, the true confessing Christ believing Christians that do bear spiritual fruit. According to Jesus, “Every branch that bears fruit He [God the Father] prunes, that it [we the true branches] may bear more fruit.”
John the Baptist, instructed the so-called religious leaders who came out to the wilderness to investigate the many water baptisms by John, by stating to them, “Therefore, bear fruit worthy of repentance.” This was on the heels of John preaching, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
The message of repentance is still extremely important. It was the first message Jesus preached in Matthew 4.17. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” And yet, the message of repentance is almost non-existent within the so-called church and American religious institutions. And that is shameful!
A Few Final Words:
How close is the kingdom of heaven at this time in this lawless abounding 21st century generation? And are we abiding in Jesus, the Word of God, and the true vine of God’s vineyard? Are we bearing fruit, or are we withering while awaiting our being taken away to a fiery judgment due to a lack of spiritual fruit worthy of repentance?
If we are living in the end times, and I firmly believe we are; it is imperative that we abide in Christ, the true vine of God the Father’s vineyard. Otherwise, we will, according to Jesus, become a statistical evil example to be taken away, to be withered as a one-time branch and destined for a fiery and eternal separation from God and all that is good.
Immediately after the tribulation of the days which are fast approaching, we will either be gathered together by the holy angels, according to Jesus, to be forever with Him and our heavenly Father; or we will be gathered together and thrown into the eternal fires of hell forever. Let us make our choice wisely and based upon the in advance warnings of God’s Word which include all of the instructional words of warning spoken and taught by Jesus!
Our Father in heaven, we desire to abide in Jesus, the Word of God, and the True Vine. Help us to study the Word of God in order to show ourselves approved unto You, workers who need not to be ashamed of the gospel of good news or of Jesus. In Him Always, Amen!