…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. 5“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. ~ John 15
This is huge. In all Scripture, Jesus gives us a watershed moment here.
Abiding is dwelling, being at our very core. ‘Abiding in Jesus and Jesus in you’ is a co-dwelling, a mutual dwelling, a communion whereby we are transformed.
The staggering wonder of abiding in the ‘vine’ is that we enter into a divine mystery, the unfolding of eternal life within us.
Without me you can do nothing ~ Selah
Let the thunder struck of these words sink into your heart and spirit.
Jesus didn’t give us a belief system, a creed to supersede the law.
Let me say it again. Jesus didn’t give us a set of beliefs, a creedal performance system.
Jesus gave himself, that we might receive himself and live a new life in him and him in us.
Hear it again, Apart from me, you can do NOTHING.
You can’t do it on your own. Jesus knows you can’t. He wants you to rest in him so that the flow of eternal life will move you, grow you, as a vine grows fruit.
He wants you to enter your rest in him, so that you can work out of that rest, to work out eternal life in our common everyday life.