Abiding In Christ - Part 1
Topic: Gospel of John Passage: John 15:1–15:11
In this passage, Jesus explained what it means to abide in Him and how we know if we are abiding in Him. There are SEVEN FRUITS of abiding in Christ.
1. We are consistently CONVICTED by Christ’s Word (vv. 1-3)
Jesus established Himself as “I AM”, the self-existent One (Exodus 3). He took on that title to declare His deity (John 8, 10, 11, 14). By referring to Himself as the ‘True Vine’ He also declared His supremacy and deity, and as the Vine-keeper, Jesus Christ has the authority to judge a person’s salvation. He does this based on a person’s spiritual fruits (John 5:24, 6:37, 10:27; 1 Corinthians 3:1). Those who are unsaved can expect to suffer God’s wrath for their unbelief and rejection, which is characterized by a lack of fruit or a life of disobedience (John 3:36, 6:66). This includes those who believe in Jesus’ name but do not have saving faith in Him (John 2:23).
Thank God for graciously grafting you into the vine and for regularly pruning your life so that you will grow and flourish and produce much fruit. Ask Him to help you stay constantly connected to Christ.