1. “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
My Father is in charge of Life and has chosen Me to be the Vine through which He disperses His Life.
2. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.
My Father has placed you in Me that I might display My fruit through you. He even does what is necessary to cause His fruit to increase. I Am the Vine and you are My branch.
3. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
By responding in faith to Me you have been fully prepared to be My branch.
See what happens when you, by faith, believe Me.
4. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.
So, now as you are abiding in Me; My life now flows into you making it possible for you to bear My fruit. Remember, you cannot display My fruit unless My Life is present in you.
5. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
You see, now that we are connected, you in Me and I in you, We can now bear fruit Together. The fruit We bear is a result of My presence in you. You cannot bear My fruit by yourself.
The uniqueness of the vine and branch is that it produces in me the character of Jesus, displaying His countenance along with the fruit of the Spirit. Ministry is not the fruit of this passage but is the essance of Jesus Himself.
Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,
make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;
do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,
who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,
but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;
for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
Do all things without grumbling or disputing;
so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world,
holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.