He Is Divine, We Are His Branches | A Gospel Study

Humankind was first created to grow into branches. However, the first branches decided that they knew better than the Creator by partaking in something that they were forbidden to do, and thus, tore themselves away from the Tree of Life. They tried to become trees and planted themselves in sin instead.

After this, the offspring of the branches started off tainted. These seeds naturally desired what was dark, leaving their leaves splotched, their branches mottled, their roots rotting. Weeds and thorns grew around them, choking their start, causing them to be thin and pale.

They were destined to die.

They could not save themselves in their own power. Hard as they tried to reach the heavens alone, they were not able to reach beyond the snares and weeds that surrounded them. 

So the Creator sent His own seed to be planted in the earth – blemish free. He grew in wisdom and stature. 

Only this One could save them by reconnecting them to the Tree. The One Who had the Sap of Life flowing through His branches. He gave Himself to die in their place, for any and all who would accept His sacrifice as Truth. They had to have beleaf. (Belief –  couldn’t help myself, sorry. 😆)

He became our Grafter.

The only way that the trees could live was to give up their lives to the Tree. Allow themselves to be cut down, the most painful process. Allow themselves to be lovingly picked up afterward, and grafted onto the Parent tree. Allow the Life from the Parent Tree to flow into them. Become instead of self trees, become humility trees. Or Humilitrees. (I couldn’t resist sorry. 🤣) Otherwise known as… branches.

In this way, the Creator Tree pulled His creation from the death that was the fireplace.

And after they were grafted, they thought they could stay in the Holy Tree’s trunk by producing fruit of their own stick-power. The limbs had not fully grafted yet – they had not accepted that they were branches and had nothing apart from the Divine. In doing so, their connection to the Sap was compromised, and their fruit was rotten and stinky before the Creator.

Only One could strengthen them to bear good fruit. The Tree of Life. The fruit of this Tree was holy, just, merciful, loving, all-knowing, all-seeing, and wonderful.

Only then could any of the traits of the Parent Tree flow into these young saplings. They welcomed the sap. They welcomed the Holy Sap into their limbs and into themselves, glad that they were no longer the dying tree bound for death. They accepted that in their own power, they had no power, but the fruit that came from Him was living and fresh before the Lord.

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. (Luke 2:52)

But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Isaiah 64:6

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

“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. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” (John 5:5-8)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:2-3)

Hello and welcome to whatever this was! 🤣 This spawned out of a Gospel study with Olivia at Refreshing Spirit. There are 34 parts to this study, and there will be notes and more stories like this whenever we finish a part. The theme for this was The Condition of the Soul. This was inspired by the verses I shared above. 😊

Faith of a Mustard Seed

This was supposed to have been posted for week 53 of 100 Word Wednesday, but somehow I messed up the scheduling. 😅 Anyway, here is the photo prompt and my response, even though I’m a week late.

Photo by Ivana Cajina

Look at the mountains before us
With the faith of a mustard seed
“God will move them,” said Jesus.

Plant the faith seed and let it grow
And don’t hide, for you need
To let the strong winds blow

Because that’s what makes
Faith stronger, for sure.
Yes, it is for your own sakes.

Now look at the water before us
With mere words, He calmed the seas
“Oh ye of little faith,” said Jesus.

Did He not create it? Will it not obey?
Oh, let your faith mature
And follow Him; He’s the only Way.

What Kind Of Seed Am I?

I don’t want to be a seed
That falls by the wayside,
Where birds eat me alive,
And I’m crushed by a stampede.

I don’t want to be a seed
That falls on the stony ground,
Sprouts so fast, no roots grow down,
Dead to the faith I once believed.

I don’t want to be a seed
That falls among the briars,
And gets choked from the desires
Of the worldly weeds.

I really want to be a seed
That falls on the good dirt;
I will stay on the alert,
To grow up strong to succeed!

I’ll follow Your lead,
To produce fruit for You.
I won’t hide the Light from view.
To You, my will, I concede!

Luke 8:5: “A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold.” And when He had said these things, He cried, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

And His disciples asked him, saying, “What might this parable be?”

And He said, “Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light. For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.”


Today, I was planting seeds for my garden. As I planted each seed, I was thinking about Matthew 13:3 – 8:

Behold, a sower went forth to sow; and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up. Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: And forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

I realize that this is talking about planting the seed of truth in other people but… I couldn’t help but think about how our faith are seeds too. Our faith needs to be cared for to have any hope of growing from a tiny speck of a seed, onto something as large as a mustard tree, as talked about in Mark 4:30 – 32:

And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.

The Lord tills the ground for seeds that have been planted, but from there, we must properly take care of them:

1. If we do not give the seedlings Living Waters once spouted, our faith can wither and dry up; and if we do not keep the soil tilled and soft, then the soil can grow too hard and it will not be able to root, so our faith can easily be uprooted. We can do both by reading His Word and keeping it in our minds each and every day.

2. If we allow weeds to grow and rocks to remain (sin and worldly ways; anything that would distract us from Jesus), they can block out the Son’s Light, and the seeds will be lost in darkness.

May we all follow Jesus, and “…grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” 2nd Peter, 3:18