One of God’s names is “Branch”.*
I compiled a list of His names and attributes many years ago. It proved quite the undertaking. After all, God is EVERYTHING that is good, righteous, and holy. While my list is probably not all-inclusive, it is quite extensive (I would be happy to send it to you. Just send an email with your request).
These pages will highlight many of those names and attributes and can be a springboard for your personal devotions or Bible study. Come back often and see what I’ve added. May God bless you as you discover more about Him and grow in grace!
BRANCH (By Janine Mick Wills)
As I look out the window, I see Autumn waning. The leaves, at the peak of their color, are loosening their hold on the branches that sustained them all spring and summer. Soon, they will lose their grip and fall to the ground.
We have a Branch. But we need never fear the loss of our grip because we’re not the ones doing the holding. He is! (John10:29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.)
A branch is part of a tree, but our Branch is God (John 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works).
Christ is called the Branch only in the Old Testament (Isaiah 4:2; 11:1; Jeremiah 23:5; 33:15; Zechariah 3:8). In the New Testament, Christ calls Himself the “Vine” and those who abide in Him are the branches (John 15:1-5).
When Christ robed Himself in flesh (incarnation), His appearance was plain and ordinary (Isaiah 53:2 …he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him). You could have walked right by and thought Him no different than any other Jew. Though I have a sneaky suspicion He had a special glow about Him. Do you know anyone like that? A person who lives for the Lord and is led in His way? On more than one occasion, I’ve talked with a stranger and asked if he/she was a Christian. There was just something different and out of the ordinary!
But as commonplace as our Lord’s earthly appearance was, when He returns the second time as the Branch, He will “be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel” (Isaiah 4:2).
Then He will redeem Israel from the clutches of the Anti-Christ (Isaiah 11:4 …he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked) and will bring forth the Kingdom of which the disciples asked in Acts 1:6 (When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?)
Christ will finally receive from those on earth the honor He did not at His first appearing (Jeremiah 23:5 …a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth). Then Israel shall see the peace of which they so desperately crave (Jeremiah 23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely…) and was promised them (Jeremiah 33:14 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah). The Jews will return to the land promised to their Father Abraham (Jeremiah 23:8 But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land).
Let’s look at some of the characteristics of this Branch (Isaiah 11:1-5; Jeremiah 23:5, 6):
- He was out of the stem of Jesse and of the House of David
- The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him.
- He shall possess the spirit of wisdom and understanding.
- He shall possess the spirit of counsel and might.
- He shall possess the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.
- He shall have quick understanding.
- He shall be a righteous judge.
- He shall be a King that reigns and prospers.
- He is faithful.
- He is God’s Servant.
- He shall be called THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
As Christ was “connected” to His heavenly Father, we as His branches need be connected to Him, our true vine. We cannot spiritually abide outside of Him. And as we receive nourishment, we produce fruit that glorifies the Father.
1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. (Christ is the way, the truth, and the life – John 14:6)
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. (If you don’t “use it” you will “lose it”. God expects a harvest.)
3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. (Get in the Word. It will keep you from sin! “Memorize God’s Word“ can help.)
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. (We can do nothing outside of God. He is the All in All – 1 Corinthians 15:28, in whom we life, and move, and have our being – Acts 17:28.)
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. (The principle of sowing and reaping is easy… you ALWAYS reap more than you sow! 2 Corinthians 9:6.)
6 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. (This is not refering to losing your salvation. The angels will gather men in the end times and cast them into hell (Matthew 13:41, 42), not men, who are mentioned in verse 6. But there is loss for not producing fruit in Christ – 1 Corinthians 3:15.)
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. (This does not mean we get anything of which we ask. For if we abide in Christ, we will only ask of things that are in His will. Thus, God will grant our petitions – 1 John 5:14, 15.)
8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. (Wow! We can bring honor and glory to God! If we wrapped our brains around that, the world couldn’t contain us!)
Can you say as Dwight L. Moody did, “The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully consecrated to him. By God’s help, I aim to be that man”? If you can’t, would you like to? It’s up to you. You’re a branch in the Branch!