John 15:2 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary
1 ) "Every branch in me that beareth not fruit," (pan klema en emoi me pheron karpon) "Every branch in me not bearing fruit," unproductive, unfruitful branch, not an engrafted branch, not a genuine branch (a sucker), Act 17:28; La 3:22; Mal 3:6; Jesus wants fruit, not just a show or odor of leaves and blooms from branches in Him, 2Pe 1:8.
2) "He taketh away:” (airie auto) "He takes it," removes it, disclaims it, the nominal professor, but non-possessor, like Judas Iscariot, like Annanias and Saphira, or like certain men crept in among the Corinth professors, and like some Jude observed and described, 1Co 11:21; 1Co 11:29-30; Jud 1:4; Jud 1:15; Jud 1:19.
3) "And every branch that beareth fruit," (kai pan to karpon pheron) "And every branch that bears fruit," that is genuine, that has been engrafted into Him, the true vine, Joh 15:1, that has vital, heart connection with Him, that is not a mere unproductive sucker, drawing physical life, but without the engrafted nature, Jas 1:21; Mat 7:17.
4) "He purgeth it," (kathairei auto) "He prunes it," cleanses it, to keep it healthy. He does this by the Word, by the Spirit, by chastening to keep the branch growing in the right direction, 1Jn 1:7; Heb 12:6; Heb 12:10.
5) "That it may bring forth more fruit." (hina karpon pleiona phere) "In order that it may bear more fruit," good fruit Mat 7:17-20, of holiness, righteousness and the fruit of the spirit kind of deeds, as described, Gal 5:22-23; Gal 5:25; 2Pe 1:4-11.
The vine dresser exerts energy on the plants, the branches for one priority purpose, that is that they may produce more and richer quality fruit each season.
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Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary
The Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary of the Whole Bible was originally published as a 23-volume set by Albert Garner (principal author) along with J. C. Howes, G.F. Crumley, and Eugene Garner in 1985. The Blessed Hope Foundation has released this digital edition into the public domain.