How to understand the meaning of the Text

How to understand the meaning of the Text

Observation: What does it say?   Interpretation: What does it mean?

Correlation: What other verses explain it?  Application: What will I DO about it?

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no FRUIT, while every branch that does bear FRUIThe prunes so that it will be even more FRUITFUL. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear FRUITby itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear FRUITunless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much FRUIT; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much FRUIT, showing yourselves to be my disciples. As the Father has LOVEDme, so have I LOVEDyou. Now remain in my LOVE. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my LOVE,just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his LOVE. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.My command is this: LOVE each other as I have LOVEDyou. Greater LOVEhas no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear FRUITFRUITthat will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: LOVE each other.”  JOHN 15:1-17 (NIV)

 

SOME BASIC RULES OF INTERPRETATION 

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Ch. 13 to 17 = Jesus’ final words of comfort to his disciples before his arrest. 

Vs.11“I’ve told you these things so that my joy may be in youand that your joymay be complete!”  

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“Love” = mentioned 9 times “Fruit” = mentioned 9 times

“Fruit” & “Fruitful” = 45 times in New Testament

What is meaning of “fruit” in this context? 

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Vs. 4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remainin the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” 

BEARING FRUIT ___________________________________________________ 

Vs. 8“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”  

BEARING FRUIT ___________________________________________________

Vs. 11“I have told you this so that my joymay be in you and that your joy may be complete. 

BEARING FRUIT ____________________________________________________

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Vs. 7“If you remain in meand my words remain in you, you may ask whatever you wish,and it will be given you!”   

REMAINING IN CHRIST PRODUCES ___________________________________

 “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:13 (NIV)

_____________________________________________BRINGS GLORY TO GOD!

 “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete!” John 16:24 (NIV)

___________________________________________GIVES ME COMPLETE JOY!

Vs. 16“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name!”

I BEAR FRUIT BY ________________________________________

 “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practiceis like a wise man who built his house upon the rock.”  Matthew 7:24 (NIV)

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