July 01, 2018 PM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1851
#10 in series
THE UPPER ROOM: ABIDE AND ABOUND
Get the Picture (Part 1)
A vineyard is a plantation of grape bearing vines, grown for wine making, raisins, table grapes, and non-alcoholic grape juice. A vineyard is often characterized by its terroir, a French term loosely translated as “a sense of place” that refers to the specific geographical and geological characteristics of grapevine plantations. It is believed vineyards date back to 5,000-6,000 B.C. The idea of vineyards would have been very familiar to people at the time of Christ. Israel’s terrain and climate are perfect for growing grapes.
“The Old Testament sometimes portrayed Israel as a vineyard (Isa 5:7), or as a vine (Ps 80:8; Hos 10:1), and God as the vine grower. A golden vine in the temple symbolized Israel's power. The most basic point of the imagery is the obvious dependence of branches on the vine for their continued life.” – New Testament IVP Bible Background Commentary
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I. THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE TEACHING
II. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE CONNECTION (vv. 1-3)
“The Gospel of John has already taken great care to describe how Jesus fulfills and replaces the old covenant persons and institutions of the Temple (chapter 2), sacred places/mountains (chapter 4), the Jewish feasts (chapter 6); as the true vine Jesus also supersedes Israel as the center and source of God’s people.” – The Exegetical Commentary
“God has a new instrument, a new ‘nation,’ for carrying His purposes during this age: Christ and his Church. Those who wish to come into the good of the Kingdom of God in this age must be incorporated into the mystical church, here viewed as a fruitful vine.” – John Phillips
“It is the Word that prunes the Christian, it is the truth that purges him, the Scriptures made living and powerful by the Holy Spirit, effectually cleanses the Christian. . . . Affliction is the handle of the knife; affliction is the grindstone that sharpens the Word; . . . affliction makes us ready to feel the Word, but the true pruner is the Word, in the hand of the Great Vinedresser.” – C. H. Spurgeon
John 15 is about how invested the Father and Son are in our bearing fruit.
The evidence of true faith is fruit (Matthew 7:16-20; 12:33; Romans 6:20-22; Ephesians 2:10; James 2:17, 22)