The Sunday lesson from April 12, 2020
A Study Of Christ: Jesus’ Metaphorical Names (4) (John 15:1-11)Phillip Stuckey, April 12, 2020
Part of the A Study of Christ series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
We have been studying how the New Testament used metaphors to describe the person and work of Jesus. In the gospel of John, Jesus speaks of Himself in metaphors connected with the personal name of God from the Old Testament in the “I am” statements (Exod. 3:14). While John records Jesus using this phrase around 23 times, in this lesson we want to focus on four more statements and consider what they tell us about the Lord.
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John 15:1–11 (Listen)
15:1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.