John 15:5-11

Arlin Sorensen's Thoughts on Scripture

In John 15:5-11 Jesus continues His teaching on abiding.  We have to abide in order to bear fruit.  It doesn’t happen any other way. “Yes, I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in me and I in him shall produce a large crop of fruit. For apart from me you can’t do a thing.” Real fruitfulness is only determined over an extended period of time.  Jesus tells us that not only will be bear fruit if we stay connected, but it will be a large crop.  If we don’t stay connected, we produce nothing.  It’s pretty clear and simple. “If anyone separates from me, he is thrown away like a useless branch, withers, and is gathered into a pile with all the others and burned.”

There is not much middle ground here.  There is an easy way to avoid being one of the…

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