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Body & Branches


John 15.5-6, Romans 12.4-5

Christ compares Himself and the Church to a vine and branches, explaining that the branches only gain nourishment by remaining in the vine. If a branch doesn’t stay attached to the vine, the branch cannot receive nutrients traveling up from the soil. If a branch doesn’t receive the soil’s nutrients, it cannot bear fruit. It becomes worthless. Such branches must be thrown away. Likewise, if a believer doesn’t grow daily in knowledge and devotion to Christ, he will die.

A vine doesn’t just have one branch. It has many branches that together bear fruit for the vine. God’s power is abundant and wonderful, and His Church has many members who bear much fruit. We cannot grow and thrive as we ought if we are alone. Alone we will die.

Christ’s Church can also be compared to a body with many parts, each part having a significant role that influences all the others. If one body part was separated from all the others, it would be useless. A hand without an arm, shoulder and torso can do nothing. A torso without a heart and other vital organs can’t live. As Romans 12:5 tells us, “each member belongs to all the others.” It is impossible to bear lasting fruit for God without being connected to His Church. But when we are connected to the Church, believers bear lasting fruit and God’s will is fulfilled.

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