In John chapter 15, Jesus’s focus seems to be on the importance of communion or relationship. In essence, Jesus is most concerned about the disciples living a lifestyle that was deeply connected with the life of Christ himself. Another way of saying that is, abide or die.
How we abide in Christ or abide in the vine is by keeping the commandments that Jesus has given us, especially the commandment of love. Love by far is the most important thing. It can be demonstrated and lived out, in the life of a true disciple of Christ. Even when persecution comes, which it most likely will, we can abide in Christ and at the same time be clearly connected with one another as men and women of God. We will make it, by his grace of course, which is something that we need not just for our initial salvation, but throughout our entire lives. One of the ways we glorify the Lord is by living in a right relationship with God and with one another. Paul describes this as living in the kingdom of God.
The kingdom of God is characterized by righteousness, peace, and joy, which is all in Holy Spirit. Of course, one cannot help but see that the dependence upon Holy Spirit was one of the keys to the success of Jesus’ ministry, and especially as a leader of this ragtag band. As such, Jesus made sure that the disciples understood how important it was in their day and time and for their future, that they learn to truly abide in Jesus Christ by Holy Spirit. If they needed that, how much more do we. Therefore, as the family of God, Jesus wanted to see his Father’s family expanded. In order to see that family expand, it’s essential that we learn to abide in him so that we can fulfill the purpose for which God has called us.
Blessings until next time.
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