¹”I AM THE TRUE VINE, and My Father is the vinedresser. ²Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.
Like the branches are connected to the vine, so we must be connected to the Christ. When we are connected we have to bear fruit.
If we are not bearing fruit we will be taken away, and as the wood of the vine is good for nothing it will be burned.
If we do bear fruit we will be pruned so we will be able to bear even more fruit.
When we talk of fruit we may think of fruit of the Spirit like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23)
Although the parable doesn’t talk about this, a branch also can grow
new branches which in their turn can bear fruit as well.
And in comparison with an other parable of Jesus also of a harvest.
Matthew 13:8 — Others fell on the good soil and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.
³You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. ⁴Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. ⁵I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. ⁶If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.
So to be able to bear fruit, and the only way we can bear fruit…
We have to stay in Him, and He in us. For like a branch that is separated from the tree will dry up, and die, so are we also not able to live when we are disconnected from the Christ.
Without Him we can do nothing; and worse: Without Him the fire is waiting.