Abide in me! (Jn 15:4-15:4)

“Abide in me!

As I abide in you!

Just as the branch

Cannot bear fruit

By itself,

Unless it abides

In the vine,

Neither can you,

Unless you abide

In me.”

μείνατε ἐν ἐμοί, κἀγὼ ἐν ὑμῖν. καθὼς τὸ κλῆμα οὐ δύναται καρπὸν φέρειν ἀφ’ ἑαυτοῦ ἐὰν μὴ μένῃ ἐν τῇ ἀμπέλῳ, οὕτως οὐδὲ ὑμεῖς ἐὰν μὴ ἐν ἐμοὶ μένητε.

John uniquely indicated that Jesus said that they should abide or remain in him (μείνατε ἐν ἐμοί), as he had abided or remained in them (κἀγὼ ἐν ὑμῖν).  The branch (καθὼς τὸ κλῆμα) of a vine cannot or is not able (οὐ δύναται) to bear fruit (καρπὸν φέρειν) by itself (ἀφ’ ἑαυτοῦ), unless it abides or remains (ἐὰν μὴ μένῃ) in or on the vine (ἐν τῇ ἀμπέλῳ).  Neither can they (οὕτως οὐδὲ ὑμεῖς) bear fruit, unless they abide in him (ἐὰν μὴ ἐν ἐμοὶ μένητε).  Jesus warned his followers that unless they were like a branch attached to the vine of Jesus, they would not be able to bear fruit.  Just like the branch that is cut off from the vine is useless, so will they be also, if they are not joined to Jesus.  United with Jesus was the key to a successful fruit bearing branch.  Are you a fruit bearing branch?

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