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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

John 15

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


"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.

Freda Hanbury



Typed by: Kathy Sewell

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.