The True Vine

In Cape Town some years ago baby vines were planted in the already existing vineyards. Those who had planted them soon noticed these baby vines were being infested by worms and the older vine plants weren’t. No one could understand why. After long consideration the gardeners pruned the older vines and planted the baby vines within the older ones. As the weeks went by the gardeners noticed that the baby vines started growing without any harm being done to them by worms and other pests and soon enough the baby vines and the older vines no longer grew as separate plants but had become one large vine.

This principle is that which is spoken about in the Bible.

Jesus says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

John 15:1-8 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.  3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.  4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.  5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.  8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

This concept should be true in anyone’s life. We cannot grow separately from the Father like a baby vine next to Him and hope to be perfect, strong and well next to Him. We need to connect with Him first, being the baby vine connected inside of Him and then grow inside Him, together with Him. Then becoming one with Christ and not apart from Christ.

2 Peter 1:3-9 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.  4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.  5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;  6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;  7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.  8For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  9 But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.

Within this process we should start to build an identity in Christ, realizing our authority within Him. Christ has given us everything we need for this life and has conquered all that needs to be conquered and as He lives in us we have an ability to partake in His divine nature escaping the evil desires of this world. We are capable of so much more just because of whom Christ is and what He has done. His power has given us all we need to live the daily life and to overcome all obstacles that seem too big for us to handle. Nothing is greater than God’s power.

We shouldn’t doubt in ourselves as that is what Satan wants, because when we realize our worth and the immense power we have because of God within us then he is at loss and basically doomed. Satan cannot overcome the Christian who has realized the power and authority of Christ within themselves.

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

This realization of what we have in Christ and whom we are through Christ is a humbling realization and confession that it is only through Christ that we can achieve anything and reach our full potential

Once we realize what we have in Christ we are able to do all things well for His glory.

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