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Bear Much Fruit

A GrapevineOne of the keys to a healthy church is ensuring that each member is attached to Christ himself. The individual, the church and its dependent household bodies are linked to Jesus and draw their life from him as Christian vine branches. The New Testament emphasizes in a variety of ways this bond between Christ who is the stem or trunk and the members of his Body who are the branches. In another analogy, the household is the bride and Christ is the bridegroom. Again, in another analogy she is the building and Jesus is the foundation.

The Christ Stem

FaceMy late wife and I together with our little daughter were on holiday in Folkestone on the South coast of Britain some years ago. As we walked along the sea wall in the evening, we came across a vine growing inside a greenhouse. A dense mat of vine branches and leaves covered the roof. We searched diligently through the glass and eventually saw the stem in a corner of the greenhouse bringing nourishment from the ground. It became for us a vivid reminder of the special relationship between Christ and his church.✞

Attached to Christ

VineyardIn the Household Body of Christ, Jesus provides nourishment for Christians who are like vine branches. Jesus said to his disciples in John 15.5-8, "I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit." Christians, like vine branches, are nurtured by the Jesus trunk. A bough failing to produce fruit is therefore pruned off to stimulate new growth and prevent contamination and disease spreading to other parts of the vine. As Christians, we are those branches which are intended to produce fruit. We are warned that if we do not do so we may be pruned off.✞

"Christian Vine Branches"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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