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6 Theological Realities of a Believer’s Union with Christ, Pt. 1

March 22, 2015 Speaker: Brent Small

Topic: Christ Passage: John 15:1–15:8

In this sermon podcast on John 15:1-8, Pastor Brent delivers the first three of six “theological realities of a believer’s union to Christ.

As Jesus has now unfolded five divine commitments that He has made to His disciples concerning their future, He now wants to drive home one of those commitments with a powerful illustration.

John 15:1-8 contains the passage known as the “Vine and the Branches.” This passage of Scripture is one of the most popular in the New Testament and certainly in the gospel of John. Many churches and entire movements within the evangelical church have been named after this passage. One such example would be that of the “vineyard” movement.

The passage is significant and the illustration is powerful. Jesus use of the vine and the branches, the plants commonly known to the production of grapes, becomes the metaphoric picture of a believer’s union to Christ. This union is vital to every Christian and the Christian life and Jesus wants His disciples and future followers to understand the significance of its truth.

Therefore, Jesus provides an illustration that is very common to man, but an illustration that teaches some very significant theological truths. Ultimately, as Jesus unfolds this illustration He unfolds several theological realities of the believer’s union of Christ. This illustration is more than just giving a tangible illustration to an abstract concept, it teaches several important truths.

In this message, Pastor Brent begins unpacking the theology of a believer’s union to Christ by giving the first three of six theological realities found in Jesus illustration of the vine and the branches.