Jesus is the vine and we are the branches, and when we bear much fruit we are known as His disciples.(John 15:4,5,8).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. 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.8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
We see many times symbolism throughout scripture as seen at the the very last passover meal Our Lord Jesus had with His disciples known as the “Last Supper”. The taking of the “Last Supper” is not a ritual which pleases God for it is a tradition of men. ( 1 Corinthians 11:20) 20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper.
We see Jesus breaking unleavened bread for it was the passover and says to take and eat for “It Is His Body”(Symbolized) and then takes a cup which many say is wine although scripture does not say wine Jesus does say however it is “The New Testament”in His blood (Symbolized) Why many say wine is because Jesus says He will not drink of the fruit of the vine till that day when He will drink it new with us in His fathers kingdom. We clearly see Our Lord did not partake of any wine (Matthew 26:29),(Luke 22:18).
The reason Jesus did not drink wine at the last supper was He who is our high priest (Hebrews 9:11-15) stayed with the teaching of the Levitical priesthood who were taught by God Himself as we see when Aaron was instructed to NOT drink wine nor strong drink for this puts difference between that which is holy and unholy,and between unclean and clean(Leviticus 10:8-11).
This carries over into our modern day with those who are Deacon’s and Bishop’s IF they are truly of the house of God, and teaching His word they too do not partake of the wine just as our Lord did not.
8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; :9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. 10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless (1 Timothy 3:8-10).
7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; 8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; 9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.(Titus 1:7-9).
We are the fruit of the vine as seen in both the old and new testament’s.
We are “The New Wine” (Isaiah 65:8,9) 8 Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants’ sakes, that I may not destroy them all. 9 And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there.
(Revelation 6:6) And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
Man has changed many things throughout the generations,but the word of God stands sure and will never change for all eternity!