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

by Steve Ray on August 24, 2019

One has to take time to care for their land and awhile ago I was cutting wild vines out of the trees and thought of 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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