The True Vine: Meditations for a Month on John 15:1-16
By Rev. Andrew Murray
"The mystery which hath been hid from ages, but now is made manifest to His saints: to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery...which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." -- Colossians 1:26,27
09.00 Preface & Contents
09.01 The vine v1
09.02 The Husbandman v1
09.03 The Branch v2
09.04 The Fruit v2
09.05 More Fruit v2
09.06 The Cleansing v2
09.07 The pruning knife v3
09.08 Abide v4
09.09 Except ye abide v4
09.10 The Vine v5
09.11 Ye the branches v5
09.12 Much Fruit v5
09.13 You can do nothing v5
09.14 Withered branches v6
09.15 Whatsoever ye will v7
09.16 If ye abide v7
09.17 The Father glorified v8
09.18 True Disciples v8
09.19 The wonderful love v9
09.20 Abide in my love v9
09.21 Obey and abide v10
09.22 Ye, even as I v10
09.23 Joy v11
09.24 Love one another v12
09.25 Even as I have loved you v12
09.26 Christ's Friendship: Its origin v13
09.27 Christ's Friendship: Its evidence v14
09.28 Christ's Friendship: Its intimacy v15
09.29 Election v16
09.30 Abiding fruit v16
09.31 Prevailing prayer v16
ONLY A BRANCH
"I am the vine, ye are the branches."--John 15:5
"Tis only a little Branch,
A thing so fragile and weak,
But that little Branch hath a message true
To give, could it only speak.
"I'm only a little Branch,
I live by a life not mine,
For the sap that flows through my tendrils small
Is the life-blood of the Vine.
"No power indeed have I
The fruit of myself to bear,
But since I'm part of the living Vine,
Its fruitfulness I share.
"Dost thou ask how I abide?
How this life I can maintain?--
I am bound to the Vine by life's strong band,
And I only need remain.
"Where first my life was given,
In the spot where I am set,
Upborne and upheld as the days go by,
By the stem which bears me yet.
"I fear not the days to come,
I dwell not upon the past,
As moment by moment I draw a life,
Which for evermore shall last.
"I bask in the sun's bright beams,
Which with sweetness fills my fruit,
Yet I own not the clusters hanging there,
For they all come from the root."
A life which is not my own,
But another's life in me:
This, this is the message the Branch would speak,
A message to thee and me.
Oh, struggle not to "abide,"
Nor labor to "bring forth fruit,"
But let Jesus unite thee to Himself,
As the Vine Branch to the root.
So simple, so deep, so strong
That union with Him shall be:
His life shall forever replace thine own,
And His love shall flow through thee.
For His Spirit's fruit is love,
And love shall thy life become,
And for evermore on His heart of love
Thy spirit shall have her home.
Typed by: Kathy Sewell firstname.lastname@example.org
August 7, 1997
This book is in the public domain
I have felt drawn to try to write what young Christians might easily apprehend, as a help to them to take up that position in which the Christian life must be a success. It is as if there is not one of the principal temptations and failures of the Christian life that is not met here. The nearness, the all-sufficiency, the faithfulness of the Lord Jesus, the naturalness, the fruitfulness of a life of faith, are so revealed, that it is as if one could with confidence say, Let the parable enter into the heart, and all will be right.
May the blessed Lord give the blessing. May He teach us to study the mystery of the Vine in the spirit of worship, waiting for God's own teaching.