Being Connected with the True Vine

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Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch bear fruits of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, be bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” – John 15:4-5

Jesus used the word “abide” in verse 4 as a command to the disciples because He knew that not all of them are abiding – that Jesus knew Judas would eventually betray Him. You see, in reality, not all believers abide every single time. We may be working in a Christian organization, earn a living, practice generosity, and even serve the poor and still not be able to abide. That is why we need to know that there is a difference between work and fruit. It is not impossible to be working for Christ and still not be fruitful just because we are not abiding. But how do we abide? The only way is to be connected as the branch to the one true vine (John 15:5). We have been called to be connected with the vine in order to not just produce fruit but to bear it; for bearing fruit is a natural outcome of being in Christ and letting Him live His life through us. We love Jesus because He first loved us (1John 4:19). We didn’t choose Him, He chose us to walk out our faith in obedience to Him (John 15:16).

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Jesus: The True Vine

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I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.” – John 15:1

Prior to the above verse, Jesus and the disciples are about to leave the upper room headed to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus will pray His great High Priestly prayer. Then Jesus speaks the words which make up this text in John 15 presenting the true vine and the gardener. In John 15, Jesus is pictured for us as the True Vine. We might ask ourselves, “Why did Jesus give them this teaching?” The answer is simple: They needed it! The disciples have just been informed that Jesus is going away but His work is going to continue through them and their lives (John 14:12). As they learned that they were to carry on the work of the Lord, they realized the need to produce that kind of fruits in their lives. Jesus and Jesus alone possesses life within Himself (John 14:6). He alone is the true source of everlasting and abundant life.Continue reading

Jesus: Seed of the Woman

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“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.” – Genesis 3:15 (NASB)

Fulfilled prophecy helps verify the fact that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. We shall be learning from this particular prophecy that preceded Jesus by hundreds of years and seeing how He fulfilled them in every detail.  Genesis 3:15 is noted to be the first prophecy that is pointing to Jesus that God the Father declared Himself during the fall of man. Eventually, it was fulfilled in the New Testament.

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