Summary: When we disconnect from The Vine, the consequences are evident.
When we disconnect from The Vine we get “jacked up”:
1. Sexually (Usually the one of the first signs of falling away from The Vine)
2. Socially (Can’t fully relate to people not relating properly to Christ; see Adam & Eve)
3. Spiritually (Christ will keep us from sin or, sin will keep us from Christ!)
When we stay connected The Spirit will produce Christ’s fruit in us! (vv. 22-23)
There’s never been a law made to keep people from acting out any of these types of actions!
DEMAS: Example of disconnecting one’s self from The Vine! (Philemon 24; 2 Tim. 4:10)
Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you, 24 as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow laborers.
Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world
15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.