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Consequence of not remaining | John 15:6-7

6 If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown away like a branch and dries up; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you remain in Me, and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

John 15:6-7 (NASB)

Remaining – continued

Yesterday Jesus instructed the disciples to abide in Him as a branch abides in the vine so that they can bear fruit. In the first verses of the chapter, He told them The Father is the vinedresser, the master Gardener, who prunes the branches so they can be more fruitful and fulfill their purpose. The same applies to us. 

Consequences of not remaining

So what about those that don’t abide, who don’t remain in the Vine, in Jesus? I tend to think v6 is a continuation of v2. Branches that remain in the vine bear fruit. Those that don’t bear fruit are taken away; you might say cut off. They are not just pruned or trimmed, they are cut off from the vine. When they are cut off, they dry up and are only good for burning. 

There are different ways to understand this: 1) people follow Jesus but are not true disciples, like Judas; 2) those who follow but don’t abide so they suffer loss; 3) followers who once were true disciples but leave the faith and lose their salvation. I personally don’t believe it’s #3. “The emphasis seems plain: there are no true disciples who do not abide. The branch must remain connected to the vine or it has no life and is of no lasting good.” (enduringword.com)

Blank check?

We looked at this before – the idea of asking for and getting anything we want. Some take this out of context and believe we can ask for anything and Jesus will give it. Want a bigger house, just have faith and ask; Jesus will give it. If you don’t get it, you don’t have enough faith or you didn’t give enough money to the ministry. The request may not be as shameless as that but still is self-motivated. “Name it and claim it” is what it’s referred to in some places.

We must not ignore the context of the verse – abide in Him and all His other teachings like asking in faith – not double-minded (James 1:7-8), obeying His commands (John 14:14-15), etc.

But don’t err in the other direction and not ask. The Father wants us to ask! Jesus tells us to ask. So ask!

RЯeflection

  • Have you fallen into asking for something amiss, for selfish gain, or assuming that because you ask Jesus, even for what you deem as a “good thing”, He has to do it? 
  • Or maybe you’ve given up asking. This is equally as wrong. Jesus clearly tells us in v7 to ask.
Burning branches. Image from Pxfuel.com

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