In Christ

In a recent post and sermon, I emphasized the Scriptural teaching that Jesus lives in his disciples and carries on his mission through us.  While this is a truth frequently taught in the New Testament, a similar teaching is found even more frequently.

Not only does Christ live in us, but we live in him.  I’m not an artist, so I don’t know what this would look like on canvas, but as we live in Christ, he lives in us.  One way that this relationship is pictured in the Bible is in John 15:5 where Jesus says, “I am the vine and you are the branches….”

Even though most of us aren’t agriculturalists today, and few of us have spent much time around vineyards, we can picture in our minds what Jesus was talking about.  Our lives find their substance, their shape, their purpose, and their fruit in him.  By living in Jesus we have access to spiritual nourishment and, in turn, we are supposed to produce the same kinds of fruit Jesus’ life produced.

Jesus goes on to say in John 15 that if we don’t produce his fruit, then we will be cut off.  And that only makes sense.  A vine dresser wouldn’t leave inactive, unhealthy branches on the vine.  The diseased growths would be cut off to make room for healthier sprouts.  It’s an image which Jesus says applies to our spiritual lives in him.  It may not seem like the happiest thing to think about, by any means, but it is so critical that we understand what Jesus was saying and live in such a way that we experience the joy Jesus promised to those of us who do remain in him (John 15:11).

May God bless you and may your life look like the One you’re living in!

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About PatrickBarber

Preaching Minister East Point Church of Christ Wichita, Kansas
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