“I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” —John 15:1, 2
The scriptures give us many word pictures to describe the blessedness of a true and living church. One such illustration is that of the organic church given to us by the Lord Christ Himself on the night He was betrayed.
First, Jesus is the true vine. Every contemplation, every germination, and every celebration must be centered in, relied upon, expressed with, and executed by the preeminence of Jesus Christ for His exaltation alone. If the assembly of professing believers abide not in the Vine of Truth, it is a false gathering at worse and a predominantly backsliding, compromising assembly at best. Such gatherings will be fruitless at worse, or at best, the fruit withers on the branch.
Next, the evidence that the church abides in the Vine of Truth is the fruit that comes from the indwelling Holy Spirit. O, how blessed are those called out, to not only partake of the fruit for themselves, but to gather abundantly that fruit in order to distribute fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance to our fellow-man: unto the edification of all saints, who are our beloved brothers and sisters in Christ; and also unto the hopeful salvation of souls that should have the gospel call set before them on a platter of majestic sweetness by the abundant fruit of Christ’s Spirit.
Finally, the Father purges the dead wood of the branches that bring forth no fruit so that Christ’s church is even more fruitful. The Father does not tire of His work; neither is He slack in what He does. The Father needs no help to carry out His holy will in His work, and will persevere in His work by whatsoever means He hath ordained to complete it. He does so according to His own excellent counsel and good pleasure. He is glorified in His work, as He works, for His work, and by His work.
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” —John 15:5