Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday July 28, 2019
The Lord has provided the supplies, provisions, and anything thing else that a soldier for Christ needs.


You have heard me say many times before that the word of God is alive and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit, and of the joints and the marrow, and is a critic of the thoughts and intents of the heart; Heb 4:12.

All Scripture is God-breathe and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: so that the man or woman of God may be mature, thoroughly furnished unto all good works; 2Ti 3:16-17.

Therefore,  ”Study to show ourselves approved unto God, workmen that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth;”   2Ti 2:15.

In fact, there are some very interesting facts about the Bible that most Christians don’t even know such as the Bible contains 66 books – 39 books in the Old Testament, which is the revelation of God before Christ; 27 books in the New Testament, the revelation of God since the coming of Christ, together makes up the 66 books of the Bible.

In the Bible, God speaks to man concerning His Word and man speaks to God concerning his need.

When we come together, we don’t come together to hear men speak, we come together to hear God speak.

The responsibility of the pastor is to take the message from God and bring it to the people.

I’ve always seen myself, not as a chef, but as a waiter.  My responsibility is not to create a cookbook but to bring healthy and tasty spiritual food to the believer and also to try to get it to the table without messing it up.

For example, look at what the Lord said to the prophet Jeremiah in JER 3:15, “Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding.”

JER 15:16, Thy words were found and I ate them, And Thy words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Thy name, O Lord God of hosts.

JOB 23:12, “I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more importantly than my necessary food.”

The most popular passages on this principle is found, of course, in Mat 4:4, our Lord said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God;”

JER 15:16, Thy words were found and I ate them, And Thy words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Thy name, O   Lord God of hosts.

We begin with a little background to our passage as a reminder of where we are hours before our Lord would go to the cross and look like the Prophet  Isaiah described in Isa 52:14, Isa 53:7.

The Message Bible says in Isa 52:14  He didn’t even look human‑‑ a ruined face, disfigured past recognition.

As that night moved on, our Lord exposed Judas as the traitor, and dismissed him without the other disciples even knowing what He had said to Judas and what Judas was planning to do.

For remember, in JOH 6:70, our Lord said, “Did I Myself not choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is a devil?”

So, we now continue with  our main passage which deals with the challenge to produce productive or experiential righteousness which is found in the vine and the branch metaphor of Joh 15:1-8.

Productive means to achieve or to produce a significant action that produces or manufactures divine good which is a standard of good that comes from intrinsic action or divine good which motivated by means of grace.

Productive also is defined as having the quality of life and the divine power at your disposal producing especially in abundance.

On the other hand, we also describe this type of righteousness as “experiential  righteousness” which by definition means that we go through certain situations by observation and even education = known as empiricism or experience.

Empiricism is the theory that all knowledge is derived from sense also known as experience.

Empiricism is a philosophical perspective based on experience and observation and empiricism is also a philosophical belief that states your knowledge of the world is based on your experiences, particularly your sensory experiences.

According to empiricists, our learning is based on our observations and perception; and the empiricist believes that knowledge is not possible without experience.

It does not say in REV 19:8b  that the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints = that would be positional righteousness, rather it says, “for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.”

Now, in Joh 15, this particular passage is the end of the upper room discourse, and as we begin chapter 15, we get into the Gethsemane discourse.


  1. The first section I believe is found in the first eight verses of Joh 15, which is where we have the production of phase 2 or living the spiritual life in time which is the answer to the question; “After Salvation, what?


  1. In second section, verses 9‑17, we have a dissertation on true biblical love as it is stated by our Lord who called this type of love, which is agape love, a new commandment.

Look at JOH 13:34, our Lord calls this type of love;  “a new commandment that He gives to us, so that we love one another, even as our Lord loved us, that we also love one another.

  1. Finally, in the third section, verses 18‑27, we have the hostility of the cosmos or the world system and the reasons why the world hates us or those who reject C1 or C2.

Our Lord teaches us to perform divine good through the “Vine and Branch” metaphor of John 15.

True refers to our Lord’s deity because He is called the “God of truth.”

Vine refers to our Lord’s humanity because He reveals to us how to apply the truth and receive the divine energy necessary to live in that truth.,

Logistics is a military word which refers to the military science of supply, provision, and planning of troop movement.

The Lord has provided the supplies, provisions, and anything thing else that a soldier needs for the planning of troop movement.

Therefore, the “vinedresser” metaphor portrays God the Father as the author of the predesigned plan of God.

The “vine” metaphor portrays the humanity of Jesus Christ during the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union.

The vine metaphor emphasizes the fact that all precedence and all production of divine good in the Church-age comes from the Vine, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Fruit from the branch is a metaphor for the Church-age believer.

However, no fruit (or production) can be any better than the vine that produces it.

Because of positional sanctification (our union with Christ) and the grace provision of the filling of the Spirit, it is possible for the believer to produce divine good.

The phrase “in Me” is “en plus emoi is a reference to the believer in union with Christ.

  1. Dead branches representing dead works, or production skills without spiritual skills.


  1. Live branches representing divine good, with spiritual skills as the basis for production skills.


The branch in Christ that does not bear fruit represents the believer who does not produce divine good.

Dead works do not bear fruit and are punishable by divine discipline.

  1. The law of volitional responsibility, which produces a tremendous amount of self-induced misery.
  2. Divine discipline.

The richest, the fullest, the most fruitful lives are those that have been strengthened through the painful process of underserved suffering and being able to handle any problems that come our way.

We have no right to believe that God will use us until He has cut away whatever hinders our spiritual growth.

Many times, what we see as tragedies may be only blessings in disguise, and the very opportunities through which God chooses to exhibit His love and grace.

Pruning is necessary for properly redistributing the “energy” for production.

The branch that bears fruit must be pruned occasionally so that the spiritual skills will increase and maximize. This is suffering for blessing.

Principle: Just as God provides divine discipline and punitive action for the one who bears no fruit, He also provides suffering for blessing for the fruit bearer.

I say that because the personal pronoun for you, humeis is in the plural, so we would say what our Texas friends, ya’ll clean.

And the reason why this is important is because He is going to teach them that you can be clean, saved, and still not produce fruit.

And yet in LUK 23:43, our Lord said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

Now, nothing in your life before salvation should be a hindrance to your production of divine good, because you have been cleansed from your past.

Isa 43:25 “I, even I, am the One who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.”

PHI 3:13b…..but one thing I concentrate upon: constantly forgetting the things that lie behind and pursuing vigorously to what lies ahead,

Verse four deals with the cleansing of the branches after salvation, which takes place through the rebound technique.

The fact that “Abide in Me” is a command indicates that this is an experience after salvation (dependent on our volitional decisions) and not a reference to positional sanctification (which is a permanent result of regeneration and is not dependent on our volition).

This is a command to remain in fellowship with God through the use of 1Jo 1:9 in order that divine good may be produced in our lives.

The believer can only produce divine good when filled with God the Holy Spirit.

The “branch in Christ” of Joh 15:2 is the believer in positional sanctification.

When the branch is commanded to “abide in Christ, the believer is being commanded to enter into experiential sanctification through the filling of the Holy Spirit.

The phrase “I in you” is a mandate for the believer to learn and metabolize Bible doctrine (when we have doctrine, the “mind of Christ,” in our souls, Christ abides in us).

The Vine has provided for us the precedent, the pattern, and the information necessary to produce divine good.

However, we cannot produce fruit apart from the function of spiritual skills–the filling of the Spirit; perception, metabolization, and application of Doctrine; and execution of the predesigned plan of God.

Our Lord is the Vine; we are the branches.

Abiding in Christ is the filling of the Spirit.

Christ “in us” is a result of cognition of Bible doctrine.

The phrase, “for apart from Me you can do nothing,” speaks of dead works (the function of production skills without spiritual skills).

God provides the means for bearing fruit through the filling of the Holy Spirit, cognition of Bible doctrine, and the attainment of spiritual adulthood.

Principle: Production skills without spiritual skills result in dead works.

The believer who does not abide in Christ is out of fellowship and therefore lacks the first spiritual skill, the filling of the Spirit.

Remember that all dead works are judged and burned immediately after the Rapture of the Church.

2Co 5:10  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be rewarded for his deeds done in the body, on the basis of what he has done whether good or worthless.

Many things in life that are considered commendable by other believers are absolutely worthless because they do not measure up to divine standards.

The drying up of the branch in Joh 15:6 refers to the believer without spiritual skills “drying up” through the production of dead works.

Prin: Production skills minus spiritual skills equals dead works.

There are three concepts revealed in this verse — the believer in fellowship, the believer in doctrine, and the believer in prayer.

“Abiding (or remaining) in Christ” is a reference to the Church-age believer in fellowship with God.

The word “abide” is used because the filling of the Holy Spirit only occurs when the believer resides in the predesigned plan of God.

Being filled with the Spirit is synonymous with living in the predesigned plan of God.

The believer in fellowship can perform good deeds and Christian service, which are produced in the execution of the predesigned plan of God.

The filling of the Holy Spirit is the first spiritual skill, and the only way through which the believer can have fellowship with God.

Therefore, the phrase, “My words abide in you,” is a reference to consistent perception, metabolization, and application of Bible doctrine (i.e., inculcation of doctrine). This is the second spiritual skill.

The third spiritual skill is the execution of the predesigned plan of God by advancing through the three stages of spiritual adulthood (spiritual self-esteem, spiritual autonomy, and spiritual maturity).

  1. Visible production of divine good, which can be seen by others who observe your Christian service.


  1. Invisible production of divine good, which has maximum impact in life.


  1. Prayer.


Invisible impact cannot be seen by others and is the basic function of the “pivot” (those who preserve their nation through their faithfulness to God’s Word) of mature believers.

This production is best because it always makes a role model out of Jesus Christ, thereby manifesting an invisible impact in the historic phase of the angelic conflict.

“Ask whatever you wish” in verse seven does not apply to believers out of fellowship, new believers, or even adolescent believers, but to believers who have the three categories of fruit bearing, and visible and invisible impact.

“And it shall be done for you” does not imply that all your dreams will be fulfilled.

The concept is “Ask for what you wish as a mature believer and God will provide it for you.”

Spiritual skills plus production skills equals divine good in prayer.

Each stage produces better until the believer has maximum production of divine good in his life.

Principle: Glorification of God through the spiritual skills goes far beyond good deeds or Christian service.

Second Principle: Fruit bearing, or works by themselves, does not glorify God; it is the source of Christian service, the three spiritual skills mentioned in John 15, that truly glorify God.

Therefore, it is wrong to conclude that a person is spiritual because they are working hard.

It is equally wrong to conclude that a person is not a fruit bearer or even a believer, simply because you do not see any evidence of it.

The Greek word for “disciple” means one who is indoctrinated (or inculcated with Bible doctrine).


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