Sin and temptation will continue to be realities for us as long as we are on this earth. But since our transgressions are forgiven, our new identity cannot change. A believer is positioned in Christ. God's Spirit dwells in us so we can live righteously, as Christ did. To describe this relationship, He used a grapevine metaphor. The Lord is described as the vine, and we are the branches connected to Him and drawing on His power.
A believer's mission is to show Christ to the world. Our vine is to bear the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control ( Galatians 5:22). When our character and conduct reflect these aspects of Jesus' nature, we help others to see the beauty of a relationship with the Lord. As we abide in Christ, we will have His presence and power; we will produce fruit in a godly way. There are three ways that demonstrate show that we are connected to Christ, ("The True Vine")
1. We are growing and maturing in Christ.
2. We are witnessing and winning souls to Christ.
3. We are producing an abundance of fruit.
The message here to those of us who have been in Christ for some time is that: God wants us to produce fruit and more fruit, and much fruit. That is why He Created us. That is why He tends our lives so closely, so that we will keep moving up from barren branches to a productive branch full of luscious fruit.
The characters in this text are God, He is referred to as the husbandman or caretaker. Jesus calls Himself, "The True Vine," which signifies that there are obviously some false pretenders out there, things, people, and situations that you are connected to that have you all twisted up and tangled up in knots. But Jesus is like Coca Cola, He is the "Real Thing." And there aint nothing like the "real thing baby." to quote Marvin Gaye and Tammie Terrell's hit song from the 60"s.
The next group of characters is the saints, you and me. We represent the branches. In John 15 Jesus is speaking to his beloved disciples. He loved to convey or explain the deepest truths about God with simple parables or stories. In His last message before His death, He wanted His disciples and you and I to know with our total being that He left us on Planet Earth for one important reason-and that purpose has everything to do with fruit.In Part 2 of this blog we will get to the nuts and bolts of the fruit bearing process. I hope I have piqued you interest enough to come back to read the next part.
But until the next time, continue to have a blessed day and....
"Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers."