Sermon Notes 2018 08 12 PM

August 12, 2018 PM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1860
#14 in series

What is the Key to Life?
John 15:1-8


Last week, we looked at the type of fruit we bear when we’re abiding in Christ. We also examined both the personal and practical sides of abiding. We recognized that fruit is the distinguishing mark of the believer and that fruitfulness is a lifestyle and it always glorifies the Father.

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“Sanctification means the impartation of the holy qualities of Jesus Christ. It is His patience, His love, His holiness, His faith, His purity, His godliness that is manifested in and through every sanctified soul. Sanctification is not drawing from Jesus the power to be holy; it is drawing from Jesus the holiness that was manifested in Him, and He manifests it in me.” – Oswald Chambers

In John 15, Jesus tells us:


This event is happening at the time of the Passover. Passover always happens during a full moon. So in the bright moonlight, the disciples are walking from the Upper Room to the Garden of Gethsemane. As He often did, Jesus found something – a story, a parable, a symbol – that would be easy to remember and used it to teach a spiritual truth. Knowing the struggle to get their heads around all this, He most likely found a vineyard in the valley. He used it, maybe He even picked up a vine and held it up as He spoke these words.

Three Vines in the Biblical Context

1) Israel, the first vine (Psalm 80, Isaiah 5). God didn’t destroy Israel, He set them aside. They are the PAST vine, but their story isn’t finished. This image would have been very familiar in the Mediterranean world. Josephus notes that on the temple there was a golden vine with grape clusters hanging from it, a marvel of size and artistry. The vine was used on coins to represent Jerusalem during the first Jewish revolt in AD 66-70.

2) Jesus, the true vine. Jesus is the PRESENT vine, rooted upward. Jesus takes an image of Israel and applies it to Himself. This is not a rejection of Israel, but the fulfillment of Messiah. The identification with a nation is now replaced by us identifying with the person of Jesus Christ.

Jesus is the True Vine:

- The challenge to Israel’s __ (Jeremiah 2:19-21)

- The contrast to Israel’s __ (Psalm 80:15)

- The answer to Israel’s __ (Psalm 80:19)

- The fulfillment of all the __ fulfilled in one person at one time – God’s promised Messiah.

3) The Future Vine (Revelation 14:18), a vine of the earth.

“In answer to the saints' prayers, the time for the reaping of judgment comes. Unrepentant sinners are depicted as clusters of grapes, to be cut off by the reaper's sharp sickle from the vine of the earth; that is, from earthly existence. The word ripe is not the same Greek word used in verse 15. This word refers to something fully ripe and in its prime. It pictures earth's wicked, unregenerate people as burs ng with the juice of wickedness and ready for the harvest of righteousness. What resulted when the angel swung his sickle to the earth was catastrophic. All the enemies of God who survive the seven bowl judgments will be gathered like grape clusters from the vine of the earth and flung into the great wine press of the wrath of God.” – John MacArthur


A) Dying __(15:4)

B) Centered __

“That practice which is...the most needful in the spiritual life is the practice of the presence of God. It is the schooling of the soul to find its joy in His Divine Companionship.” – Brother Lawrence

So what does it mean to abide?

C) It’s based in __.

“The Holy Spirit of God used men of God to write the Word of God (2 Peter 1:20-21). The Spirit did not erase the natural characteris cs of the writers. In fact, God in His providence prepared the writers for the task of wri ng the Scriptures. Each writer has his own dis nc ve style and vocabulary. Each book of the Bible grew out of a special set of circumstances. In His prepara on of men, in His guiding of history, and in His working through the Spirit, God brought about the miracle of the Scriptures.” – Warren Wiersbe

"No greater mistake can be made than to ground any child's faith on parents. Soon they grow up and reason: Jewish children are Jews only because they believe what their parents taught them; Mohammedans likewise; and so the world over we, too. If we had had other parents, our faith would be according. For this reason so many Chris an young people lose their childhood faith. Not so does Paul point to Timothy's mother and his grandmother. Not so does he ever point to his own person.” – R. C. Lenski

The Word is profitable:

(You’ll never lose any investments you’ve made in the Kingdom.)

- For teaching/doctrine (what is right)

- For reproof (what is not right)

- For correction (how to get right)

- For training in righteousness (how to stay right).

What are the four evidences of fruit?