The True Vine
The True Vine
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Yahshua ha Mashiach is the True Vine and believers are the branches. Our purpose is to bear much fruit and glorify our Father, which art in heaven. It is not acceptable to proclaim being a believer in the One True and Living GOD and His Son Yahshua while living a fruitless life.
We glorify the Father by bearing much fruit: love, joy, peace (see Galatians 5:22-23). For example, the purpose of a rose garden is to give glory to the gardener. Weak and faded roses are not acceptable; although, the rose bush is bearing roses, they are not in abundance and are dry. With pruning, the rose bush will eventually bring forth beautifully supple and fragrant roses!
Believers are pruned in order to bring forth abundant spiritual fruit reeking in pleasant odors and beauty. Pruning does not feel so good for the moment, but serve to sanctify and beautify us, thus to give glory to our Father. When He looks at us, and is pleased, what a BLESSED SENSATION!
Continuously read Matthew chapter 15:1-20 and John chapter 15 and learn more regarding Yahshua's teaching on bearing fruit. Consider Yahshua's doctrine regarding the heart as He spoke to the scribes and Pharisees:
Why do ye also transgress the commandment of GOD by your tradition?
GOD commanded, saying, honor thy father and mother;
and, He that curses father or mother, let him die the death.
But ye say, whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou might be profited by me; And honor not his father or his mother, he shall be free.
Thus have ye made the commandment of GOD of none effect by your tradition. Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias [Isaiah] prophesy of you, saying, this people draw nigh unto me with their mouth, and honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me, in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
He [Yahshua] called the multitude, and said unto them, hear, and understand: Not that which go into the mouth defiles a man, but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defiles a man. Then came his disciples, and said unto him, know thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? He answered and said, every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. Let them alone; they be blind leaders of the blind, if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
Then answered Peter and said unto Him, declare unto us this parable. Jesus said, are ye also yet without understanding? Do not ye yet understand that whatsoever enter in at the mouth goes into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? Those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart, and they defile the man. From the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies; these are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands defiles not a man. Matthew 15:3-20 (KJV)
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