John 15: 1 “I am the real vine, and my Father is the gardener. He breaks off every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and he prunes every branch that does not bear fruit, so that it will be clean and bear more fruit.”
Verse 4-8 — “Remain united to me and I will remain united to you. A branch cannot bear fruit by itself; it can do so only if it remains in the Vine. In the same way you cannot bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine and you are the branches. Those who remain in me and I in them, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me. Whoever does not remain in me is thrown out like a branch and dries up; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, where they are burnt. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, then you will ask for anything you wish and you shall have it.”
My Father’s glory is shown by your bearing much fruit; and in this way you become my disciples.
Verse 11— “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”
1 Corinthians 12: 12-15 Christ is like a single body, which has many paths; it is still one body, even though it is made up of different parts. In the same way, whether Jew or Gentiles, whether slaves or free, have been baptized into one body by the same Spirit, and we have all been given to one Spirit to drink. (Remember that the Spirit is described as streams of life-giving water).
For the body itself is not made up of only one part, but of many parts. If the foot were to say, “Because I am not a hand, I don’t belong to the body,” that would not keep it from being a part of the body.
Verse 19— There would not be a body if it were all only one part!
Verse 27— All of you are Christ’s body, and each one is a part of it.
1 Corinthians 6: 15– 20 You know that your bodies are parts of the Body of Christ. Shall I take a part of Christ’s body and make it part of the body of a prostitute? Impossible! Or perhaps you do not know that the man who joins his body to a prostitute becomes physically one with her? The Scripture says quite plainly, “The two will become one body.” But he who joins himself to the Lord becomes spiritually one with him.
Here we learn a few new things. First of all is that Christ is the body and we are a part of him. He likens himself to a vine and we are the branches. He is a part of us, and we are a part of him. We learn that on our own, we cannot make anything happen.
Second, as long we are a part of him, we must bear good fruit else, we will be chopped off and thrown into the fire—speaking somewhat figuratively. As seen in Corinthians chapter 6, when we engage in unrighteous acts we drag Jesus into it because we are all one body. Since the Lord cannot permit such unrighteousness, He parts with those who choose that road. Just as a vine is pruned to make it healthier so that it may bear better fruit, those who do not bear good fruit are parted with Christ’s body.
Third, we learn that our joy is completed when we are one with God, one with Jesus. We may have some joy by ourselves, but that is only ephemeral.
True and complete joy only comes if we are united with Jesus spiritually.
Fourth, we learn that God’s glory is shown by our bearing of good fruit— our righteous acts, our faith, helping the poor, praying for the sick, being just and generous, letting our work be our worship. Every good thing we do in the name of our Lord brings glory and praise to God the Father, and that is how we become followers of Christ, Christ’s disciples. God’s goodness and greatness must be seen in our actions.
Lastly, Jesus adds another gift to the goodies basket. He says that if we ask for anything, anything at all in his name, we shall have it. Once again he seeks to show us that the only way to heaven, the gate, is through him. Therefore, most of us in our prayers are accustomed to saying ‘this we pray in the name of Jesus Christ’ or a variation of the same. If you’re not, you might want to try it! It’ll change your life.