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Explain Burn The Fruitless Branch

In John Chapter 15 verse two it says, "every branch in me that bears not fruit he takeTH away." Give a definition of this fruit the Scripture speaks of. What does it mean he taketh away? Where is the way in this instance?

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What is the fruit? The context supports the idea that the fruit is answered prayer. John 15:7, "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." So for the one who is struggling with their faith to believe for answered prayer, the Father will nurture, lead and guide into a place of greater faith.
---Bruce5656 on 9/6/07

If you are a TRUE Christian, you will bear fruit (Godly Character) in your life. God prunes (cuts the dead, unbearing parts) you, so you can produce more fruit. The Fruit of the Spirit of God is: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfullness, gentleness, self-control.
---Leslie on 1/3/07

person born again will bear good fruit--works. not works to get to heaven, but works done because saved. you will know the saved by their fruits. no fruits=no salvation was made and therefore those branches cast into the fire.
---r.w. on 8/23/06

As Eliza has bore witness to the truth of Bruce's statement, I also bear witness. His statement is fully supported by verse 4. With verses 4 in mind, know this, the Father is not unjust to remove any branch that He has grafted into the vine. Remember (John. 15:16). The fruit (in addition to what Bruce has stated) is unwavering confidence in the words of Jesus.
---Josef on 5/17/06

ok Jack needed to reply too! I have experienced what he is saying about God taking things out of my life.
---eliza4969 on 5/15/06

It's curious to see how some interpret "taketh away" to mean "left on."

We know the fruit of the Spirit we are to bear: love, joy, peace, etc.

I would suggest the "branches taken away" are our habits and passions that do not bear such fruit that God gets after us to let Him remove.
---Jack on 5/15/06

Bruce-- thanks for your explanation of this verse (which has always had me puzzled) I recently heard a sermon that defined the Greek as you do. Most often I've heard this passage taught in some sort of warning or condemning way.
---Donna2277 on 5/15/06

Bruce, I taught that in a Sunday School class one time and just about got flogged to death. It was easier for the floggers to believe that God would literally cut off a "branch in Me" than it was to believe that He cared enough to lift it up.
---Linda6563 on 5/15/06

Bruce said it all, no one else need reply!
---eliza4969 on 5/15/06

Further to my previous (4 part) post. I was addressing verse 2 as requested by Mima not verse 6 that the question title alludes to.
---Bruce5656 on 5/15/06

A now deceased friend was a tremendous Greek scholar. This verse troubled him greatly. The word "taketh" is the Greek word airo. He had this scribbled all over the blotter on his desk. One day one of his (Greek) tenants came into his office and saw this and asked him why it was written.
---Bruce5656 on 5/15/06

When my friend told him what he was trying to figure out, the man told him that his grandfather was a boat builder in Greece and he remembered, as a child, when his grandfather would launch a boat for the first time he would call out after the boat "Airo!" He was appealing to the water to bear up the boat and not let it sink.
---Bruce5656 on 5/15/06

In the light of this information, my friend concluded that the literal translation of the word "to raise up, elevate, lift up" gives the best understanding of what Jesus was telling us.

When a husbandman finds a branch that is not producing well, he does not cut it off but he lifts it up. Props it up so it can get more sun! This verse does not talk about being cut off at all but rather being nurtured and supported.
---Bruce5656 on 5/15/06

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