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“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5

THE VINE AND THE

BRANCHES

Rev. Ramón Aponte

Jesus takes his disciples some place in order to prepare them for his departure, and train them to face the problems they would find later. These verses are an allegory a work in which characters are symbolically represented by objects and have a deeper meaning. There are four characters in this work: The Father is the husbandman (verse 1), Christ is the vine (verse 5), the disciples are the branches (verse 5), and those who do not live in Christ are useless and fruitless branches (verse 6) The branches are connected to the vine and they grow and develop from it, receiving what they need to live in abundance and strength. Being connected to the vine allows the branches to be fed but also to be fruitful. The vine’s responsibilities are very different from those of the branches; the vine gives life and abundance, while the branches must stay connected and live from what the vine provides. Christ said to his disciples: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 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. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as MISSIONARY MOVEMENT 44 WORLDWIDE America • Europe • Oceanía • África • Asia

a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples”. ( John 15:1-8) The apostle Paul set in Romans 8:35-39 a series of questions and refutations about the reasons that could separate us from Christ, our vine: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (…) Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”. In addition, in the letter to Philippians, we read: “I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me”. Everything is possible for Christians if we remain in permanent communion with the vine. The preposition “through” (as through Christ) perfectly expresses the idea of connection and union between us and Jesus Christ. Why are

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Magazine Evangelistic Impact Edition November 2017 English language

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Magazine Evangelistic Impact Edition November 2017 English language

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