There are verses in Scripture that many like to bypass, either because the interpretation may be difficult or the point of the verse hits too close to the heart. That is the case with John 15:6; “If anyone does not abide in Me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned” (John 15:6). Jesus never spoke an idle word!
As I have spent time asking the Spirit to reveal the point of Jesus’ words in this verse, it becomes clear that we must keep the context in our thinking. He is the “Vine” and we as disciples are the “branches.” The branches had their beginning in the vine and somewhere in the growing process, the branch stopped receiving live-giving nourishment from the vine – it became independent of the vine. We saw in 15:2, branches that do not bear fruit require severe action by the “Vinedresser.”
It is the same with branches that do not abide in the Vine. When we become disconnected with the Savior through careless living, we allow immorality and many other sins to separate us from Him. Because we have been saved for one reason; God’s glory (Ephesian 1:12, 14), He is jealous of our fruit bearing. Such a branch that “does not abide in” the Vine “is thrown away;” literally means to “cut off and throw it from you.” It no longer has any use and “withers” or “dries up” and must be burned. Many today who once had a fruitful ministry are now put aside because they failed to abide in a close walk with the Lord. Let us not be in their number.
Before we dismiss this idea as being too harsh and not the true meaning, consider Paul’s warning in 1 Corinthians 3:13; “each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.” Let the fire of the Spirit test us now, REPENT and RETURN to abiding in Christ and become FRUITFUL again.
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