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Yesterday we spoke about John 14 and some of the last words Jesus said to His disciples.
Today we will take a look at John 15 to see what we can learn from Jesus' words in this chapter.
In this chapter we find Jesus saying He is the vine and we are the branches.
He talks about us bearing fruit and that it glorifies the Father when we bear much fruit, fruit that remains, and so prove to be His disciples.
He talks about the Father's love for Him, His love for us and our love for Them and for one another.
All these words are very important, but I want us to focus on just two verses: "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. 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."
A branch cannot bear fruit of its own accord.
It needs to be attached to the vine or to the trunk of a fruit tree in order to bear fruit.
The ability to bear fruit comes from the vine or the trunk; the branch doesn't have that ability in and of itself.
Jesus says we are the same as these branches.
We cannot bear fruit in our own strength.
We need to be attached to Him before we can bear fruit.
He uses the words 'in Me' three times in these two verses.
That is were we need to be before we can do anything - in Jesus.
We need to surrender to Him completely and allow Him to become more while we become less.
We need to trust Him and lean on Him to bear the fruit, which will glorify the Father, through us.
He has promised that when we abide in Him, we will bear much fruit.
If you are a born again child of God, then you are 'in Him'.
Now remain in Him by trusting Him to bear fruit through you.
Don't try to do it yourself.
Let Him do what you can't do.
Remember, apart from Him you can do nothing...
...but you can do all things through Him who strengthens you! (Philippians 4:13).