Abide in Christ & live a fulfilled life

KJV John 15

Jesus Is the Vine

1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

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.

3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

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.

First question

1. What is a vine, and why does he use this example to explain the relationship between him and his father and us and Him?

a. A vine is simply a plant that develops branches that in turn produces fruit, and in the right environment it can produce abundant fruit

b. Jesus used the simplicity of nature to relate to the disciples not only a dependency relationship, but one of power and significance for those that accept Jesus as saviour.

c. Jesus was setting his disciples, his followers, his friends up for relational success, spiritual power and immortality.

d. Remember When Jesus told the disciples to seek God first the Kingdom of God (Mt 6:33), or when he said come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Mt 12:28), or even when he said, do not worry about tomorrow (Mt 6:34) but have faith because he will provide your needs or when he said If you even have faith as a grain of mustard seed (Mt 17:20, 21:21) .... nothing will be impossible for you. Meaning even the mountains in your life can be cast into the seas. You can do what little David done to big Goliath and slay your problems. Achieve what looks impossible. Do you recall when he said, if we ask for the Holy Spirit and you shall receive (Lk11:13)?

He was leading them all as he leads us today to a point of complete uncompromising trust and deep-rooted faith in him, to not only save them, to not only lead others to him but to move on this earth with Holy Spirit Power.

2. So, to his Disciples he implores them to abide in him as he abides in the father. We now understand that We need the Holy Spirit to lead us in order to be the sons of God (Rm 8:14), we understand that without spending time studying and acting upon the Word of God, we cannot be sanctified, (James 1:22) or claim to truly abide with Our saviour. If we spend quality time in daily prayer, maybe not all at once but even throughout the day or evening, God will draw close to us and we will experience spiritual cleansing that we all desire daily (Jm 4:7-8).

3. There is a partnership with heaven that we can have but there is work that needs to be understood and acted upon in order to have a partnership in heaven.

4. There is a gift of eternal life that is offered to humanity but the path to receive the gift is through the vine, through Christ, through receiving into your heart the word of God.

5. There is a victory over our greatest enemies which is self, selfishness, self-worship, self-glorification which is all sin that can be won over but it comes at a price. There must be sacrifice, there must be a striving there must be a forsaking of worldly lusts, worldly pleasures, all things that go against the principles of God must be destroyed in your life.

6. Christ must live in our hearts while the worldly in us dies, our carnal self-dies, our personal selfish ambitions die. We must surrender to Jesus in order to live and receive a higher calling, to LIVE in our created purpose to ATTAIN the immortality that is promised.

7. Jesus said without me you can do nothing. He has a mission for his people. He has a kingdom that will be received by millions, there is a world that needs to be saved and his disciples were being setup to be the salt of the earth, a guide to the lost, a light on a hill. Jesus was making these statements about abiding in him as the work of God on earth that they must do, can only be effective if God is in the centre working his grace and power for the salvation of man. We cannot do this work of leading lost people to the kingdom God, without God leading us, we cannot do the Will of God without being filled with the Holy Spirit. We cannot realise our full potential unless we Love God with all our heart.

QUICK EXAMPLE

When Saul was anointed King of Israel, the prophet Samuel said to him and the people of Israel

KJV 1 Samuel 12

24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.

KJV 1 Samuel 12

25 But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed, both ye and your king.

Samuel in the end of this story told Saul that the kingship was to be ripped from Him and given to someone else more worthy. Saul stopped trusting and waiting on the Lord, he stopped being obedient, he started to do his own thing his own way regardless of the instructions or leading of the Holy Spirit. He forgot what it meant to be humble and allowed his blessings his position as King get to his head. He laid aside the God that put him in position. He no longer surrendered to God but surrendered to His own Will and the peer Pressure around him.

Abiding in Christ means a constant receiving of His Spirit, a life of unreserved surrender to His service. The channel of communication must be open continually between man and his God. As the vine branch constantly draws the sap from the living vine, so are we to cling to Jesus, and receive from Him by faith the strength and perfection of His own character. {DA 676}