John Chapter 15

May 22, 2010

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on the Book of John. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

You can listen to the study by clicking here

or you can watch it below:

John Chapter 15 from Preaching In Shorts on Vimeo.

John 15:1-27 (NIV)
1 “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, and I will 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 a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is 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 given 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 obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed 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, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 17 This is my command: Love each other. 18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He who hates me hates my Father as well. 24 If I had not done among them what no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen these miracles, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’ 26 “When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. 27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.

As Jesus continues His discussion with the disciples, He is talking about how believers will relate to God and to each other.

John 15:1-17

This community of believers will be relating in a way that is beyond their own capabilities. The life that He is calling us to can only be lived in the context of being in relationship with Jesus and with the help and power of the Holy Spirit. The idea of living a fruitful life is about cooperating with the Holy Spirit so that “fruit can be developed”. This fruit is the fruit of the Holy Spirit described in Galatians 5:22-23:

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

How does the fruit develop? On a living vine. Apart from the vine, we cannot bear the fruit of the Spirit.

There are a couple of questions that usually pop up out of these verses.

1. What does it mean to remain in Him?

By learning and obeying His commands, His Word begins to shape our characters and personalities. As we experience the goodness, the grace and the mercy of God in our lives, we will live more and more in the center of His love, His will for our lives.

2. What does it mean to be thrown away?

I believe that this verse is talking about producing fruit and not about salvation. As a part of the living vine, we are to bear fruit. This fruit is born out of remaining in Him and allowing the Holy Spirit to work in us. If we do not remain in Him, then our lives will never reach the potential of all that he has for us. We will have missed the main purpose of life and the resulting life will be as empty as being a useless branch that is broken off and burned up. Its usefulness is only for a brief moment’s warmth and then it is used up. It is a picture of what our lives would be apart from abiding or remaining in Him. We will never experience the fullness of life He has for us unless we remain in Him.

John 15:18-27

This community of believers should be an awesome thing, and yet Jesus warns us that people in the world will hate us.

The world will hate us because darkness hates the light. In some measure, as His community, filled with Spirit, as imperfect as we are, the Spirit’s ministry of conviction is often taken out on the church.
And yet God has left us here for a purpose. To acts as His ambassadors to let people trapped in the darkness that they can come into the light, which is Christ.

And while we are here we need to avoid extremes. We are not to be conformed to the patterns of the world.

Romans 12:2 (NIV)
2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Nor are we to

1 John 2:15-16 (NIV)
15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world.

We are to love the people of the world but reject the attitudes and values of the world. Another extreme is withdrawal. Once we are aware of how twisted and perverted the world system is, we may think that the best thing to do is to completely disengage from it. And yet we are called to be a light and a witness to the world. We can not accomplish this without remaining involved at some level. We need to be involved but not conformed.

Another extreme is to become judgmental and critical. That somehow we need to point out to the world all their bad stuff. This never works and just pushed people father away from the truth. We have to love them in to the Kingdom of God. We need to demonstrate the love, and the grace and the mercy of God. We love them in, and the Holy Spirit cleans us all up.

Filed in: Preaching in Shorts
Tagged with:

There are no thankful5(s) or Comments yet. Why not be the first to share your thankful5 or Comment?

Comments are closed.

Back to Top