John 15:1-3 Bible Study
What does Jesus' statement, "I am the true vine" (John 15:1) imply?
There are also false vines.
What is a "vinedresser" (John 15:1)?
Vinedresser is the person who "dresses" or takes care of the vine for optimal fruit production.
What does the "fruit" (John 15:2) represent?
It represents the nine traits mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control." In light of the audience to whom Jesus is speaking, it also represents the people who will hear the Gospel through them and become Christians: "You know the household of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia." (1 Corinthians 16:15)
Who is the "branch" (John 15:2)?
Jesus specifies them as, "in Me" (John 15:2) that are "already clean" (John 15:3), and refers to them as, "You" (John 15:3) while speaking to the eleven true disciples, so "branch" refers to His disciple.
What does it mean to "prune" (John 15:2)?
Pruning a branch involves ripping out any diseased parts, killing bugs and even cutting away seemingly healthy but unwanted shoots so that the branch grows stronger in the direction that the vinedresser wants. From the branch's perspective, being pruned can be uncomfortable, if not painful, and at times also appear to make no sense. But "every branch" (John 15:2) should trust that the vinedresser knows what He is doing and be grateful for His care and attention. The time for concern is when the vinedresser stops pruning, as that means either the branch is perfect, or more likely, the vinedresser is about to "take away" that branch because it "does not bear fruit." (John 15:2)