Glorify God by bearing fruit in union with Chirst, the true vine, by John Piper

http://www.desiringgod.org/conference-messages/glorifying-god-by-bearing-fruit-in-union-with-christ

An excellent message by John Piper on John 15:1-11.  This is key for spiritual growth and sanctification and perseverance and serving the Lord in the power of the Holy Spirit.  To abide in Christ means “to stay”, “to continue”, “to remain”, “to keep going”, “to dwell”, “to live in union with”.  Christ is the true vine, the true source of life and power.  Believers in Christ are branches, that depend on the vine.  The Father is the vine-dresser or farmer. (verse 1)  The Father is sovereign over the vineyard and takes away and gets rid of fake and false branches (verse 2a and verse 6), who, like Judas Ischariot, “hang out” with the other branches and pretend they are branches, but they really are not true branches.  Therefore they have no life in them, and are taken away, burned in the fire (verse 6), since they bear no fruit.  (see John 13:8-11 – that Judas was not “clean”, but Peter and the other disciples are already clean.)

See Piper’s explanation, both written out and he explains it in the video.

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About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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