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Pruning

September 27, 2010

The following outline is from the second in a Wednesday night series “Conformed to the Image of Christ“. I felt like the Lord gave me some insights into John 15 that I had not seen before. A close study shows that there are 4 levels of fruit-bearing: No fruit, Fruit, More fruit, and Much fruit“. Obviously we want to glorify our Lord by bearing fruit. But what does the image of pruning teach us? Look at the outline below and do some of your own study.

Pruning

Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. John 15:2

In context, from verse 3 we can see that we are “clean” or pruned by the Word of God. Specifically the Word that Jesus speaks to us. Last week we looked at chastening and humbling. God also uses pruning. I prefer pruning because I would rather submit to the Word of God than be chastened and humbled!

I.  Pruning provides cleansing                     John 13:10

Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.”

II.  Pruning promotes sanctification      John 17:17

Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

III. Pruning prepares for holiness            Ephesians 5:26-27

that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

Use the following verses as a personal Bible study. Look up the verses and meditate on them with respect to pruning. Allow the Word of God to speak to you and prune you!

Psalm 19:12

Psalm 119:9

2 Corinthians 7:1

1 Thessalonians 5:23

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

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