I come from a very big family tree, and I am pretty sure that all of you as well have a family tree that you belong to. It could not be a biological blood line that you co-exist in and yet you have a conviction and assurance that you have become part of that family tree. I consider myself as a branch in my family tree. A branch is any member or part of a body or system. I have not yet borne the fruits and that is having a child. I have not yet produced the fruits (children) and yet my father(biological) loves me still.
He has not even pressured me to have a baby or even threatened to cut me off or renounce me if I don’t multiply the blood line. My mother goes to as far as lifting me up, encouraging me never to burden myself into rushing; instead she encourages me and buzzes me up. What is my point; I will never be disclaimed by my parents albeit I am not being fertile.
John 15:2, “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.”Contrary to widespread consensus about this verse being that when one is born again and doesn’t bear fruit, God throws them away. In actual facts, the vine is grown on what is called the trellis. The branches swirl themselves on the trellis. So if the branch does not bear fruit, the vine-dresser lifts the branch back on the trellis so that it finds support with a purpose of helping it to eventually bear fruit.
- Picture of a grape Trellis
The phrase, “He taketh away,” is translated from a Greek word “Airo`” which means to lift up. Therefore in context, Jesus implies that if you are a believer and you do not bear fruit, God lifts you up so that you can remain in the vine, Jesus Himself; hence why it is later followed by the verse, John 15:4, “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” Jesus is all about lifting us, His branches up.
My main point in this article is that in no ways will you ever be cast away by Jesus. John 6:39, “And this is the will of the God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day.” Once you are born again, you will forever be saved. That is the power of Jesus’s saving blood.
I am sure you now understand my reason of commencing with why I would never be cut off from my blood line and my family tree. If my biological father has no power in doing so, why do I even have to contemplate that my all mighty Father will disown me if I do not bear fruit?