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John 15:1-6 verse by verse in context:

"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser."

A reference to Christ as the Messiah and that God is His Father. Jesus was declaring that life is only found in Him and that He was sent by the Father. There is no other source of true spiritual and eternal life. This is something that greatly offended the Pharisees and religious people because they refused to believe Jesus was the Messiah and therefore rejected Him. In doing so they were rejecting the Father as well. The Father sent the Son, and if you reject the Son you cannot have eternal life and the Father, the Vinedresser will remove you from the Vine.

2 "Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away;"

God removes every branch that is not properly connected to the Vine. If someone is connected to the Vine then they will produce fruit (see vs 5). If you're not connected to the Vine you cannot produce fruit. Fruit here is simply true spiritual life as opposed to spiritual death in the flesh. It is not different gradings of spirituality that you better hope measure up - that's flesh, that's performance! It's simply a matter of being in Christ or not.

Bearing fruit is simply a question of being in Christ or not? If you are connected to the Vine then you don't have to try and bear fruit, fruit is the consequence of being connected to the Vine. Its righteousness and eternal life that comes from Christ. Fruit is Christ's righteousness and His eternal life flowing through you the branches. If you are not connected to the Vine then you are spiritually dead and unable to be righteous or have eternal life within yourself. Flesh cannot bear true spiritual life, aka fruit. And the Father, the Vinedresser removes those who are spiritually dead. This is a warning to those who are rejecting Christ not a threat to make believers insecure.
This isn't about gradings of spirituality that determines whether you stay saved or not. This is about "are you spiritually alive" or are you "spiritually dead?" or simply "are you in Christ or not?"

"and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit."

The branches that bear fruit are the ones that are in Christ. They share in the life of the Vine. The Father prunes these ones, and the context is with His words or rather with the message of Christ. In other words the Father cuts away our confidence in the flesh so that the life of Christ can flow through our lives and produce the fruit of the Spirit - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Flesh cannot produce true spiritual life and must be cut off so that the life of Christ can flow through us and manifest in the fruit of the Spirit. I love how this isn't about self effort but about yielding to the Father and trusting fully in Christ!

3 "You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you."

His disciples were already clean or pruned (same word), which is to be set apart, because they had received Christ's word and believed in Him as opposed to those who had not received His word and were not clean or not set apart (sanctified.)

4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me."

We are to find our life in Christ. He is the source of all true spiritual life and fruitfulness - not the flesh. Outside of Christ is death. Jesus is not trying to build a big doctrine here of the ability to lose your salvation if you don't stay in the Vine. He is simply encouraging His disciples to source their confidence in Christ because that is the supply for all true spirituality, life and fruitfulness.

5 "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing."

Again Jesus is reinforcing the need to have faith in Him and not self effort as the Pharisees and unbelievers do. This is the contrast Christ repeatedly made throughout His earthly ministry.

6 "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned."

This is to those who do not find their source of life in the Vine, Christ. These are those who are trusting in the flesh and not Christ. Who are not truly connected to the Vine. They are not abiding in the Vine. They cannot produce true spiritual life. They will eventually be cast into the fire - a clear reference to hell. Only those who have faith in Christ will be saved. This is not a threat to believers that if they don't continue in Christ they'll lose their salvation. Yes it sounds a bit like it and you could make it say that but that does not carry the heart and the context of when Jesus is saying.

Often these verses get used to try and scare believers into action for God in fear of not producing enough fruit with the consequence of losing your salvation. But this is most certainly not what Jesus was communicating. In fact that is the exact opposite of what he was saying. He wasn't trying to whip up people's flesh and get them earnestly seeking to produce fruit by sheer willpower and white knuckle sweat and effort. He was trying to get their faith and their confidence in Him and see to Him as their source of true spirituality and fruitfulness in life.

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