Blogged Bible Study–Nothing (John 15)

Jn 15:5
 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.       KJV


I can’t do a thing apart from Him.

I know the context of the verse is talking about bearing fruit. Of course, it is true that I cannot bear any kind of quality fruit if I am not in the Vine.

But, the reality that the Lord is driving home for me is that I am not capable of anything apart from Him.


What is excluded from “nothing?”


Anything I do is included in that. Everything I do is included in that. Nothing is excluded from that.

Without Him I am useless.

Aside from the fruit-bearing and the normal spiritual stuff we relate to the concept, I am being turned to look at the realities of my existence on this plane at this time.

I can’t even brush my teeth without Him.

The Lord is to be in and a part of absolutely everything that I do.

The following may be somewhat crass, but it is still a good illustration of the point:

My wife came into the room all excited one day, because she had been able to have a bowel movement. No, there had not been any problems before. Yes, she was doing well at the time. But, it occurred to her while in the midst of the business that the Lord had made her body, and He had made it to function well. For that she was giving Him the glory.

That made me realize how often I take things for granted about this life.

It is for certain that if we were to have a difficulty with that particular function of the body, we would get all excited and praise the Lord when it was restored to its proper health.

Then, why not give thanks when it is working properly–before it goes awry?!?

He is my all and in all.

Apart from Jesus, I can do nothing.

Apart from Jesus, I am nothing.


Note: there are others who are writing on themes contained within the 15th chapter of John’s gospel. Check it out and be blessed.

6 thoughts on “Blogged Bible Study–Nothing (John 15)

  1. 🙂 I love this, and yes I came out for a bit today, have to read my study group…
    Dale I love this! I often think this…you know I can not even take a breath unless HE gives it to me, We are created out of nothing, and for some reason, we fall and think we are something.. LOL

    God is good to remind us, to stay with HIM, live with HIM, walk, and breath with HIM…there is nothing good aside from HIM. I just hear HIS whisper today…”I want to be your everything” how awesome is that!


  2. There is a conversation I often have with my daughter…

    D: Dad I got nothing to do.
    Me: Nothing huh?
    D: yeah nothing.
    Me: Well isn’t doing nothing something, doing something.
    D: DAD!!!!

    I am not advocating that we do nothing don’t get me wrong. All I am saying is in the act of us doing nothing we can’t even do that with out him. To God us doing nothing is something. Maybe not a good something….

    Guess I will go do something now.. Lunch sounds good.

    Peace and love brother.


  3. Logically, it is perfect; but I have had a hard time persuading others to see the logic. My Special Ed students were able to get, though.
    But, then to apply it and say that “Nothing is excluded from ‘nothing'” gets a little sticky!! 🙂
    Yes, even our nothing is something. The problem arises when our something becomes nothing.


  4. Without Him we would not exist. We live and breathe because He wills it. He is the self-existent One.

    Apart from Him we can do nothing.

    We sure like to take the credit for our “good works,” don’t we?

    Thanks, Dale.


  5. It’s funny that you mention a bowel movement. As I understand it, the Hebrews had a a special prayer of thanksgiving that they would offer to God when they had a bowel movement with no pain.

    Also, this post reminds me of Colossians 1:17; “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” The mere fact that all my atoms and molecules hold together rather than flying apart at any given moment is because of Him.

    TRULY I can do NOTHING apart from Him.


  6. Hi Dale! I’m sorry! I forgot you joined the BBS (*gasp*)! Welcome!

    Great thoughts here – When it is considered that He is the air we breathe and the food we eat and the water we drink (according to everything written in the Bible – this body is a physical image of the real us) – it makes sense that if we stopped eating, drinking, and breathing, we would surely die. The human body has NO ability to live without any one of these things, much less all of them. He IS the life in our bodies. Such true statements.

    Welcome! Thanks for visiting my blog – I’m sorry I didn’t welcome you properly before, I try to do that. God bless, brother!


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