Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
May 31, 2019
There are a lot of different analogies that we could extrapolate from the vine and the branches concerning the function of a vine and its branches in the natural realm = apply in the spiritual realm.
There are certain biblical principles found in the “Word of God” that take place in the natural realm so that we can apply the same type of principles in the spiritual realm as our guide.
In the spiritual realm, we should be prepared to receive the Word of God because no matter what we face in the devil’s world, the Word of God is always made available to those who desire to know it.
You can cannot know the Truth unless you search for the Truth and once you do, then Romans 10 becomes a reality.
ROM 10:14 How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
Most of us realize the importance that God places upon His Word and the gratitude that He gives to those who search for His truth or His Word.
HEB 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
He wants His people to have happiness, good health, prosperity, peace, quiet, tranquility, contentment; according to JER 29:11-13.
The Hebrew noun for welfare – shalom = meaning prosperity, happiness, good health, peace, quietness, tranquility, contentment, etc.
It has nothing to do with what is known today as the “Welfare System”= nothing more than a group of liars, cheats, thieves, hypocrites, deceivers, etc.
David sought the protection of King Achish when he first fled from King Saul but most scholars believe that King Achish and King Abimelech are one and the same as the king of the Philistines.
PSA 34:10 The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; But they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing.
Fearing rough treatment or betrayal by Achish, David feigned or faked madness or being crazy.
David’s solution to the problem that he faced among the Philistines was to act crazy which was not the solution that our Lord wanted David to use; Isa 55:7-9.
- The branch refers to the believer and his relationship with the Vine that releases life to the branches so that the branches reproduce fruit, that is the fruit of the Vine which is the fruit of the Spirit.
- The branch is also used by our Lord because “live branches” indicates productivity and the productivity for the Church-age must come from the believer who is on the earth.
Your productivity really begins from you realizing that you are an ambassador for our Lord Jesus Christ.
Believers can and do commit some type of sin that not only shocks them but also it shocks those believers who say or think that anyone who sins as a believer has lost their salvation.
Our Lord is teaching His disciples the difference between “suffering for blessing” and “suffering for divine discipline.”
Why did the Lord teach His disciples such a controversial subject which really is about divine discipline and suffering for blessing?
I believe our Lord was preparing His disciples to always be ready to give to everyone the reasons that they can handle adversity or prosperity as well as “deserved suffering and undeserved suffering.”
Look at Silvanus, who Peter calls our faithful brother who through the grace and power of God exhorted and testified that this is the true grace of God that we should stand firm in.
We cannot lose our salvation by committing any type of sins and that’s why I have chosen to emphasize the different approaches we could take by using the word “Approach.”
As you are living the spiritual life, you proceed to advance toward the goal that is set before you as PHI 3:14 “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
To do this you have to make sure that you do not fall away from the Lord but believe that you can live the spiritual life as you forget what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead.
- So, our “first approach” concerning the doctrine of eternal security I call the Positional Approach: Rom 8:1; Eph 1:3-6; Jude 1.
Every believer is in union with Christ and is perfect in their position but not in their condition which is why the apostle Paul says certain things the way he does in Rom 8.
Notice, if you are “in Christ,” then this verse says you will never be condemned or judged by God no matter what you think, say, or do.
There is conviction by God the Holy Spirit, which is legitimate, but condemnation is not.
Holy Spirit conviction verses satanic condemnation is always a crossroads as to which way we will go.
Holy Spirit conviction always gives us a way out in which the grace of God is magnified and reconciliation is the goal of God the Holy Spirit.
Whereas satanic accusations condemn a person and has no way out except satanic condemnation.
It is the Spirit verses Satan.
Conviction verses condemnation.
It is life spiritually or death experientially.
Even though our lives will be judged according to the word of God, it is an evaluation of our works not condemnation for our sins.
First of all, we have our Lord’s word on the type of judgment we will face; Joh 7:24 “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
In Joh 3:17, TLJC addresses the subject of judgment; “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him.
JOH 5:22 “For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son,
Joh 12:47-48; “I have come as light into the world, that everyone who believes in Me may not remain in darkness.
JOH 12:47 “And if anyone hears My sayings, and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.
JOH 12:48 “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.
Even when our Lord had to judge us which was really His way of evaluating the lifestyle that we live; He did so with grace and honor motivated by agape love.
Most of you have heard these passages throughout the Word of God and when we are told that we are “in Christ” that is our position and not our condition.
Our position in Christ guarantees that there is no condemnation for any of us who have been saved.
The Bible says we will all have to face not only deserved suffering but also underserved suffering as well; PHI 1:29; 1Pe 3:12-18.
PHI 1:29 For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
Notice that the apostle Peter says that you and I can suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. = Undeserved Suffering.
1Pe 3:18 = our Lord died for the sins of the whole world, once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit;
The hills along the Kidron Valley outside of Jerusalem are covered with grape vines, and as Jesus and the disciples left the upper room and were walking along the hill side covered with grape vines.
Our Lord’s disciples were walking through the vineyards which were a growth area for the grape vine is not a chance encounter, it was an action of divine providence.
God specifically designed things so that this event would take place, and that Jesus would go by the grape vines, and He would use this as an analogy of the believer’s relationship to Himself.
Billions and billions of years ago, the Lord created the grape vine in order to teach certain things about the Christian life and then Christian’s relationship to God.
God created the sheep so that He could utilize it as an analogy to teach certain things about the life of the believer.
One thing we learn about the vine is that the wood itself is useless.
You can take the wood of the vine and burn it to make heat. You can’t use it to make furniture or to make weapons.
The wood itself is virtually useless.
It is good for only one thing: producing fruit.
In the different forms of typology, wood represents humanity, sometimes in a good way, other times in a useless way.
He is not good in and of himself, he is only good because of what Christ has done for him, and what He has supplied for him.
The purpose for planting the vine is equivalent to salvation, but you don’t plant the vine just for the enjoyment of its growth. The purpose is in the end result which is the production of fruit.
Only mature plants produce fruit. Immature plants are to continue to grow.
The purpose of a plant is to produce fruit but it doesn’t produce fruit until it is mature or aged.
All the time it is maturing, it has to be fed all the right nutrients under the right conditions, and then it absorbs all of that nutrition from the soil in order to produce fruit.
You don’t really start producing fruit in your life until you are a mature or aged believer.
Fruit is defined as going to prayer meeting, having your daily devotions, reading your Bible every day, giving to the church, witnessing, etc.
The Scriptures do not define that as production, that is the function of the believer’s priesthood, not production.
When talking about fruit—for example, in Gal 5:22-23—the fruitproduction of the Holy Spirit is “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,” etc.
The production of fruit is character, an inner transformation of the soul into the character of Jesus Christ.
That takes time, it takes the proper nutrition, the proper feeding and handling.
Two things: the filling by means of God the Holy Spirit—Eph 5:18; and the content of that filling is the Word of Christ—Col 3:16, “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you.”
One of the most important messages our Lord taught His disciples in the Vine and the branches is the place of suffering according to the Word of God.
The apostle Paul taught His disciples and followers how they can glory in their sufferings and the great principles that suffering produces, such as perseverance; character; and hope.
Rom 5:3-4 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
The apostle Paul also gave some great doctrinal advice to the Corinthians concerning the divine viewpoint on suffering; 2Co 1:2-7.
Positive results of suffering — 1PE 4:1 Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin.
That is ceased from the power of the Old Sin Nature controlling the souls of believers and unbelievers.
“ceased from sin” does not mean that they no longer sin but it does mean they have reached a point where the sin nature no longer has dominion over the individual.
ACT 5:41 So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.
Prin-All undeserved suffering requires you to use the inventory of your doctrine resident in your soul.
GAL 6:5 For each one shall bear his own load.
In LAM 3:27-28, “It is good for a man (human race) that he should bear the yoke in his youth [youthful vigor]. Let him sit alone and be silent since has laid it on him.
GEN 32:24, it wasn’t until Jacob was left alone with the Lord that his named was changed to Israel, a prince with God.