Message of the Day: Union with Jesus Produces Obedience and Love.
“If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” (John 15:10, NKJV)
John chapters 15-16 record the discourse on the way to Gethsemane. The ideas that keep recurring in these chapters are that the disciples must love one another, that they must keep Christ’s commandments, that they must abide in Him, that they must expect pruning and persecution, that it was necessary for Jesus to go away, that the Holy Spirit would take His place, that their sorrow would be turned to joy, and that in His absence wondrous answers to their prayers would be granted. The blessed Master going into the depths of His own sorrow and suffering was doing His best to comfort His bewildered disciples.
Chapter 15 specifically deals with the disciples union with Christ. In themselves they no life, strength or spiritual power. All that they have comes from Jesus Christ. If he is likened to a vine, they are likened to the branches, which means that they can bear fruit only as they are united in him. As they allow the Father to remove the hindrances of sin from their lives, they will bear even more fruit.
Those who bear no fruit are like the dead branches of a vine. Though attached to it, they receive no life from it. They say they are disciples of Jesus, but they have no spiritual union with him and in the end they will be destroyed.
If we are true believers, we will prove it by the fruits that our spiritual union with Jesus produces. Among those fruits are obedience, love, joy and effective prayer.
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