Every branch in me that beareth not fruit, He taketh away; and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. (John 15:2)
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: John 15:2a
and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more
fruit. John 15:2b
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same
bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5
Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my
disciples. John 15:8
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. John 15:16
The Bible, as a whole, has a master key, a special passage which unlocks the meaning to all the Word of God. This master key permits us to understand the intent and contents of the entire Bible. It enables us to see the world as God sees it.
Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day; And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Luke 24:45-47)
Note the words "Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures." This means Jesus was giving His disciples a "master key", or two basic facts, which would help them understand all of God's Word. If you do not understand these two facts, you will not truly understand the Word of God.
The Bible contains important principles which we must identify in order to understand what God is saying to us through His Word. One of these principles is that of natural parallels of spiritual truths. The word "parallel" means to be similar to something or to "lay side by side". In a "natural parallel of a spiritual truth" God uses a natural example to explain or represent a spiritual truth.
Jesus used a natural parallel to explain the way God sees the world and our active participation in it:
Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. John 4:35
We can further understand why the fruit of outer evangelism is so important:
Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Matthew 9:37
Ask yourself this questions: