John Lesson 20 Day 2

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John Lesson 20 Day 2

John 15:1-4

3. a. Jesus’ parable begins with another “I am” statement.

“I am the true vine.” John 15:1

The vine, the branches, and the master gardener represent spiritual growth.

Jesus is the Vine.

His followers are the branches connected to the Vine.

Father God is the Master Gardener.

The Gardener carefully tends the branches and cuts away every branch that does not bear fruit and prunes back the grape-bearing branches encouraging even greater fruit production.

We, the branches, never outgrow the necessity of abiding directly connected to the Vine. Without the Vine, we wither, and fail to produce blossoms that become fruit.

Abide—stay connected in relationship to Jesus, the One who began the good work in me will continue it until it is finally finished. (Philippians 1:6) Our loving relationship prompts my desire to trust and obey Him.

Purge” (John 15:2) can be defined as “to cleanse.” Here Jesus told how this purging, or cleansing, will take place. It comes through His Word. God doesn’t purge, or cleanse, us with problems. His Word is given to discipline, correct, and make us thoroughly furnished unto every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
(Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary)

b. The word abiding is a good visual reminder.

4. a.  John 15:3 with John 13:10-11

John 13:10-11

“Jesus said, “If you’ve had a bath in the morning, you only need your feet washed now and you’re clean from head to toe. My concern, you understand, is holiness, not hygiene. So now you’re clean. But not every one of you.” (He knew who was betraying him. That’s why he said, “Not every one of you.”) (MSG)

“Washing” with the Word

“To enjoy fellowship with God we must have a righteousness that is acceptable to Him. Forgiveness is like taking a bath; righteousness is like putting on clean clothes. We take a bath that we might be cleansed from all impurities; we put on proper clothes that we might be suitable dressed to appear before people. (Lesson 10: Made Righteous in Christ) (emphasis added)

This explanation helped me understand the concept.

“Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it. He set it apart and cleansed it by His Word. The Greek word used here for “word” is “RHEMA,” and means “thing spoken, word” (Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon). What a wonderful illustration this is of a man setting his wife apart by honoring her with his words. A wife will try to live up to that which her husband speaks over her. If his words are words that edify and build her up, she will want to live up to those words. If his words are words that tear her down, he will discourage her and cause her to be unresponsive in their relationship.” (Andrew Wommack)

b. God’s amazing grace “made me clean.”

“For it’s by God’s grace that you have been saved. You receive it through faith. It was not our plan or our effort. It is God’s gift, pure and simple. You didn’t earn it, not one of us did, so don’t go around bragging that you must have done something amazing.” Ephesians 2:8-9 (The Voice)

I believed when I was about four years old. I remember lying in bed thinking, “how can you know if God is real if He is invisible?” Then the presence of the Lord manifested so strongly that I was convinced. I never doubted after that. Later, my dad explained to me about accepting Jesus. I did and was later baptized in water.

5. God’s pruning

The Lord has been convicting me about so many little things that need tweaking. Recently, it’s mostly about being a better steward of my time. That even includes what I am thinking about.

During the pandemic, I was part of a daily, one hour online prayer group over Zoom. I’ve missed that disciplined prayer appointment. Two friends and I recently began meeting five days a week to pray together.

There are several other practices I have felt prompted to do but was neglecting.

My answers to BSF Bible study questions on John Lesson 20 Day 2 ~ John 15:1-4