Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Branch

Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away...John 15:2

A branch is simply wood that is a result of the vine and has one purpose which is to produce fruit. The branch has the same nature as the vine. Let's compare this to the Christian life.

First we see absolute consecration! The branch has one reason for which it exists, one purpose to which it is entirely given up to, bearing fruit! The follower of Christ has but one ultimate purpose as a branch attached to the vine and that is to produce fruit in his or her life that would glorified God! As a branch in Christ Paul could say, "For me to live is Christ..." (Phil. 1:20). This is Absolute Surrender!

The second lesson we learn is perfect conformity. The becomes like the vine in every way, having the same nature, the same life with the same purpose! This is in some ways a process, but it is a fact in the Christian life! Paul reminds us that we are being conformed to the image of the Son of God (Rom. 8:29). He elaborates on how this happens when he said, "But we all with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord" (2 Cor. 3:18).

The next lesson is complete dependence. The branch receives it's life and it's strength from the sap which is produce and passed onto it from the vine. The branch is nothing and can do nothing without the vine. We must realize that without Christ we have no life and produce nothing for the glory of God! But through Christ we can say with Paul, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Phil. 4:13).

The fourth lesson we can learn from the branch is undoubting confidence. The branch has no cares because the vine provides all it needs. The branch simply yields itself and receives what the branch gives. This is echoed in by Paul when he declared "My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:19). Peter had learned this tremendous lesson and shared encourages us to be "casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7).

Tim Hadley

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