The last five words in the previous chapter are, “Come now; let us leave.” (John 14:31b).. which suggests that Jesus would be sharing about the Parable of the Vineyards as they were passing some vineyards on their way to the Garden of Gethsemane. While there are many applications we can glean from all of Jesus’ parables…keep in mind, there is always going to be generally one main truth. And in the Parable of the Vineyards…the main truth Jesus is teaching in this parable is the importance of abiding in Him so that we may bear fruit. Many people will point out Vs. 6, “If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.”…validates that we can lose our salvation, once we’ve had it. First of all…such teaching contradicts other verses (John 6:27, 10:27–29, etc.). To abide in Christ does not mean to keep ourselves saved…it means to live in His Word and pray (Vs. 7), obey His commandments (Vs. 10), and keep our lives clean through His Word (Vs. 3–4). The Christian who fails to abide in Christ becomes like a useless branch, like the salt that loses its taste. I Corinthians 3:15 teaches that our works will be tested by fire. The Christian who fails to use the gifts and opportunities God gives him will lose them…meaning gifts (Luke 8:18 and 2 John 8).
Regarding application…The World Hates Christians. Vs. 18-19, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” Jesus would segue from love of each other & God…to hatred from the world. Basically, Jesus was warning us of what is to come…not maybe, not perhaps, not someday…what will come. Question: What is the world? It is made up of socities, religions, people, organizations, philosophies, etc…the world has it’s leader (satan). While we may physically live in the world….spirititually we must not be of it (Rom. 12:1). The old illustration of the ship and the water still applies…there is nothing wrong with the ship being in the water; but when the water gets into the ship, watch out! Question: If the world hates Christians…how can a Christian love the world? Jesus mentioned to us all in His Word yesterday about how He would not leave us as orphans…He will send us reminders that were created to be His. When I went to Multnomah Bible College, most of you know I had the dream dying in glory in the mission field and following in the footsteps of Jim Elliot. Especially being an orphan once myself…it is still a hope of mine to give back directly one day. We can either love the world (in a bad way)…or love the world so much that we want to share the Good News to all! While I’m not overseas…I am a missionary to the city of Corona/Riverside!