Abiding in Christ

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, 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, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 
John 15:4-5 

A fruit signifies the identity of the tree.
An untrained person has difficulty distinguishing apple tree from orange tree.
However, hardly anyone makes any mistake to distinguish them once the fruits come out.
Likewise, the fruits here are the fruits of Christlikeness which we, as branches, produce.

In the natural, how do branches produce fruits?
By itself, there is nothing a branch can do to produce fruits.
As long as the branch is attached to the tree, the branch continually receives nutrient from it. 
In due time, the branch naturally produces the fruits. 
Apart from the tree, the branch can do nothing.

Similarly, how do we produce the fruits of Christlikeness?
Lord Jesus is the vine and we are the branches.
As long as we abide in Him, we continually receive spiritual nutrient from Him. 
Gradually, the fruits of Christlikeness will manifest in us.
Apart from Lord Jesus, the Vine, there is no fruit we, as branches, can produce.
In fact, we will just wither away if we are not attached to Him.

What does it mean by abiding in Christ?
Christ is the Word of God made flesh. 
Abiding in Him simply means abiding in the word of God.
As often as we can, we should think of the word, meditate on it, speak of it, discuss about it, memorize it and of course we apply it.

Let us now examine our heart.
How deep is our love for the word of God?
If we have no love for the word of God, we will eventually wither away spiritually.


Posted January 14, 2017 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Verse of the Day

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