In John 15, verses one through four, Jesus tells his disciples, “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so that they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.”
These are very sobering verses. Jesus is telling us that we must share our testimony with others so that we will not be cut off from the vine. This is something I really didn’t understand when I first came back to Christ and God after interacting with them while using a legal substance over a few years.
I though that being a Christian meant that I would go to church and read the Bible and wear a cross around my neck but I didn’t really understand what God and Christ expected of me. Over and over in the Gospels Jesus talks about the branches of the tree that will be cut off if they do not produce fruit, and what he means is that he wants us to testify to our experiences with him so that others will be drawn to accept the spiritual salvation that he offers all of us, if we repent of our transgressions and ask his forgiveness.
He also refers to this concept by saying that no one lights a lamp and hides it under a bush. He refers to himself as a light many times in the Gospels, and this is how I experienced him, as a radiant, sacred being of light, the consciousness of our star, the Sun. He seems to me to be love incarnate, and he loves us with such deep compassion that he took on immeasurable suffering in order to come here and show us how to have our souls purified by him so that we can ascend to the heavenly realms upon our passing.
Christ and God don’t want anyone to fall into the hell realms when they die. It hurts them terribly for people to meet this fate, and they want those of us who have accepted Christ to love Jesus and God enough to help alleviate their pain by telling others of the salvation that is available to them through Christ. This is what Jesus means when he refers to the vines that produce fruit. God and Christ will then come into our lives and begin to lead us in a positive direction and away from things that endanger our souls; hence the reference to God pruning the branches that do produce fruit. God and Christ want to be with us on every step of the journey, so that we can all ascend to their heavenly realms and no one will be lost.
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