Bible Study:Christian Women & Pastors Wives, I am "Meet for The Master's Use, Part 4
Ezekiel 15:1-5 "And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, What is the vine tree more than any tree, or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest? Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work? or will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel thereon? Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel; the fire devoureth both the ends of it, and the midst of it is burned. Is it meet for any work? Behold, when it was whole, it was meet for no work: how much less shall it be meet yet for any work, when the fire hath devoured it, and it is burned?"
The following is from J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible. If you are familiar with him, he had a radio show (may still be running although he has long since moved on to Heaven) and taught through the Bible in five years.I listened to him a lot and when I had the opportunity to purchase the transcriptions in book form, I did so.
"God makes a very interesting application here. Just What is the purpose of a vine? The Lord Jesus also used the vine as a picture of believers today in John 15. He said, by the Way, that Israel Was no longer a vine, but 'I am the true [genuine] vine . . .' (John 15:1).
The Lord Jesus was not talking about salvation in that chapter. Again, I ask you: What is the purpose of a vine? It is to do one thing - bear fruit-nothing else. What God is saying here in Ezekiel is that you do not go to the furniture store and ask for a Louis XIV bedroom set made of grapevine wood! The salesman would look at you in amazement and say, 'We do not have anything made of grapevine wood. It’s not good for anything like that. It’s just good for bearing fruit.'
Furthermore,God says, if a vine will not bear fruit, the only thing it is good for is burning. In John, the Lord Jesus said that if a believer does not bear fruit, you do not lose your salvation, but you are removed from the place of fruit bearing. God sets men aside in many, many ways if they do not bear fruit. The Lord Jesus said, 'Herein, is my Father Gloriﬁed, that ye bear much fruit . . .'” (John 15:8).
Be blessed in The Name above every name, Jesus! I know I am!
Linda L Culbreth