“Jesus is the True Vine. Abide in Him!”

August 5, 2018

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In John 15:4-5, Jesus says: “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” (ESV) What does it mean to abide in Christ, the True Vine? It means to know Christ, to have been made alive in Christ, to be in communion with Him, to have a blood-bought relationship with Him, to be bonded to Him in love, to have an eternal life-flowing connection with the Eternal One. Is that you? And what about those who are abiding in Christ. Is there hope for us who wrestle with the want for increased fruitfulness? Puritan theologian & preacher, John Owen, who lived in the 1600s, encourages us still with his hope-filled words: “He can make the dry parched ground of my soul to become a pool and my thirsty barren heart as springs of water. Yes He can make this habitation of dragons, this heart which is so full of abominable lusts and fiery temptations, to be a place of bounty and fruitfulness unto Himself.” Do it, O’ Lord, we pray!

Bible References

  • John 15:1 - 17
  • Isaiah 5:1 - 7
  • Philippians 2:6 - 11