God's Pruning Hook

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Sermon Text: John 15:1-8  

I’d like to focus our attention this morning on something in our lesson that the English reader doesn’t see. It all happens in verse 2. To set the stage, let me read again for you verses one and two. “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser [the one who trims the vine]. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, to make it bear more fruit.” The English seems clear enough, but it’s hiding something significant in the Greek, namely a word play. The Greek word for “remove” is AIREIN, and the Greek word for “prune” in the same verse is “KATHAIREIN ” So you have AIREIN and KATHAIREIN, and that’s a play on words! A much better translation of vs. 1-2, a bit clumsy but truer to the Greek, would be this: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit he cuts away, and every branch that does bear fruit he cuts clean, to make it bear more fruit.”...See full sermon here