Vine, Branches & Fire: Where Will You End up?

by Steve Ray on July 27, 2020

One has to take time to care for their land. We own two acres in the country and awhile ago I was cutting wild vines out of the trees and burning them. The overgrown branches from the bushes and trees were also trimmed and burned.

The flames brought to mind the words of Jesus in John 15:5–6, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.  If a man does not abide in me, he is cast forth as a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned.”

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Richard Pinion August 24, 2019 at 6:13 PM

And guess where Jesus tells us about abiding in him? The Bread of Life Discourse, “He who eats my Flesh and drinks My Blood, abides in me, and I in him (paraphrasing).

Darrell August 25, 2019 at 3:19 PM

Richard Pinion,
Great point! I had never made the connection between these verses. The funny thing is that, sometimes when I talk with protestants about the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, and try to use John 6 as evidence for that, they will often times argue that His language was metaphorical, and will point to John 15:5 to support their assertion. The next time I encounter this argument, I’ll be sure to draw their attention to the connection that you made with John 6. Thanks!

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