The Blessings of Abiding in the Vine (John 15:1-11)
Our Lord Jesus gave His disciples (and us) the secret of growing in Christlikeness. It is simply this: abide in Him. But what does it mean to “abide in” Him? What happens when we do?
In numerous places throughout the Old Testament, Israel was called a vine (Psa. 80:8; Isa. 5:1, 7; Jer. 2:21; Hos. 10:1). Jesus is, however, “the true vine” (v. 1). He is our only source of life and nourishment. Therefore, we must stay connected at all times to Him. When we do, we will find amazing blessings await us. Here are some of these blessings:
We are made clean (vv. 2, 3). Sin covers us in filth and shame, but when we abide in Christ, we are made clean. The same word for “purgeth” in v. 2 is used for “clean” in v. 3. What the husbandman (God the Father) is doing is removing anything that keeps us from growing and bearing fruit. He may need to prune some things that need to go. He may need to clean certain areas of our lives that require forgiveness. When we abide in the vine, purity is ours.
We keep His presence (v. 4). We cannot produce any fruit on our own. Our sinfulness and weakness of the flesh prevent growth. But, when we abide in Him, He promises His continual presence. With His Spirit within us, we will produce fruit. His presence is the greatest blessing of all. That brings us to the next blessing:
We bear fruit (vv. 4-6). As long as we stay connected to the Lord Jesus, we will bear fruit. No fruit means no life and no future! What is the fruit we bear? The fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22, 23). Ultimately this fruit makes us more like Christ.
Our prayers are answered (v. 7). If you’ve ever wondered why your prayers aren’t answered, maybe you should check your relationship with Him. If we remain in Him and keep His words in us, we can ask and receive. The keys here are staying in connection with Him and obeying His word.
We glorify the Father (v. 8). When we abide in the vine, we bear fruit. The more we abide in Him, the more fruit we produce. When we produce much fruit, the Father is glorified. This proves that we are His disciples.
We remain in His love (vv. 9, 10). We can so easily feel at times as if we are not loved by Jesus anymore. This does not have to be! He tells us very clearly here that if we keep His commandments, we will remain in His love. And this love is the same type of love that the Father has for the Son.
We will know complete joy (v. 11). There seems to be very little joy in many believers today. Why not? Jesus has told us these things so that we might have joy that remains. It is His joy in us that makes our joy complete. Jesus could have joy even with the cross before Him because He knew the outcome. We too know the outcome of our lives in Christ; victory!
These are by far not all of the blessings of abiding in the vine, but oh how great these are! So what are you waiting for? Start abiding in Him now! You can know the great blessings He offers through the vine!