ABIDING: An Attitude of Dependence Upon God

TUESDAY

NAU John 15:4 “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.

NIV John 15:4 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.

NKJ John 15:4 “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.

The analogy of the vine and branch is very appropriate when discussing what it is to abide. The image is one of dependence. The branch of a vine or a tree cannot survive on its own. It is incapable of independence. It has life only as long as it remains attached to the body of the vine or tree. Once that relationship is severed, life in the branch is done.

Jesus uses this analogy masterfully to demonstrate the believer’s dependence upon Him in order to be productive spiritually. We will not come to Him on our own for salvation, we cannot initiate our own salvation, we cannot live victoriously over sin without Him and we cannot be productive spiritually without Him. We must remain in Him. And unless He grafted us into the vine not only would we not have life but we would not be able to remain grafted.

The importance of this truth about abiding is that we are dependent upon Jesus for every aspect of our spiritual life. And the mark of a true follower of Jesus is that he will remain acknowledging his dependence on Him for salvation, sanctification and ‘fruitification’! So, at the start, abiding is an attitude that (as we will see) will express itself in action.

NIV John 15:4 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.

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