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Abiding in the Vine
John 15:1 ¶ I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
When Jesus came into this world, God planted Him as a vine which would have all of the characteristics and attributes of His eternal being. Unsurpassed in power, perfect in righteousness, unequaled in knowledge, the very essence of love and unmatched in holiness. In other words, every attribute of God is demonstrated by the Lord Jesus.
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.
Jesus said that His Father was the husbandman or vine dresser. The vinedresser watches over each plant, with the expected end of collecting fruit (Isa. 27:3). He’ll be sure that the plant receives adequate water (John 7:38) and add fertilizer when needed (Luke 13:8). He’ll prune away our dead and unproductive branches so that we will be an increased yield of fruit. His pruning and chastening doesn’t necessarily make us feel good, but we recognize that it has allowed us to be partakers of His holiness (Heb.12:10). If all of that fails, he will simply remove the plant.
3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. When we believed on the name of the Lord we were born of God and we received power to become His sons (John 1:12-13). Being sons of God, we look like, sound like, and speak like Jesus our Vine. If we don’t, it’s time to determine why we don’t. Jesus said that men don’t gather grapes of thorns or figs of thistles (Mt. 7:16). In the natural, if we plant tomatoes, we don’t expect to harvest potatoes.
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. When we are abiding in Jesus, we will show His attributes. He is the power and wisdom of God (I Cor. 1;24). The fruit of His Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, and faith (Ga 5:22). We demonstrate these fruits of righteousness to glorify and praise our God (Php 1:11 ).
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.
Jesus said that if we aide in Him we’ll bear a lot of fruit. As we abide in Him we become fruitful in good works. These come as a natural result of being connected to Jesus our vine. He was anointed of God with the Holy Ghost and power and He went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him (Acts 10:38). It stands to reason that if our Vine did all of this, we have the capability of doing the same.
II Peter 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
Because we are abiding in Jesus, we constantly strive to improve our knowledge of Him. This knowledge supplies us with everything that is essential to live godly in this life. Knowing that Jesus was holy we strive to be holy. Knowing that He is the Prince of Peace, we do our best to live peacefully in every situation. Et. Etc.
Jesus said that without Him, we could do nothing. We can’t accomplish anything in our own strength. When we feel weak, we need only to remember all that is available to us from Jesus our vine. He told us that our job was to go into all the world and preach His gospel. He promised to be with us even unto the end of the world (Mk. 16:15; Mt. 28:19-20). We don’t do this on our own, but only by the enduing power of His Spirit (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8).
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
A couple old choruses come to mind:
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me
All His wondrous compassion and purity
O Thou Spirit Divine, all my being refine
Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me
To be like Jesus, To be like Jesus
On earth I long, to be like Him
All through life’s journey, from earth to heaven
I only ask, to be like Him
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