John 15:4, 5 - The Crucial and Vital Relationship With Christ.

John 15:4, 5 - The Crucial and Vital Relationship With Christ.

John 15:4, 5 (KJV) Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch 
cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can 
ye, except ye abide in me.  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He 
that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: 
for without me ye can do nothing. 

John 15:4, 5 (TEV) Remain united to me, and I will remain united 
to you. A branch cannot bear fruit by itself; it can do so only if 
it remains in the vine. In the same way you cannot bear fruit 
unless you remain in me.  "I am the vine, and you are the branches. 
Those who remain in me, and I in them, will bear much fruit; for you 
can do nothing without me.  


John 15:1-17: Jesus' Allegory of the Vine and the Branches. 


"Remain in Me," the KJV says, "Abide in Me." The same point is 
made by both words: live in intimate union with Jesus. The analogy 
itself tells us why. A branch draws its vital juices from the vine to 
which it is united. In the same way we draw the spiritual vitality 
that enables us to produce fruit from Jesus. Thus Jesus says clearly, 
"Apart from Me you can do nothing." The Christian life is a 
supernatural life, flowing from Jesus to us. It can be experienced only as we 
live in intimate fellowship with our LORD. [The 365-Day Devotional 

One of Jesus' favorite words was translated "remain," "stay," or 
"abide." It describes a profound, intimate, and enduring relationship. 
For example, Jesus used this word when he said, "You are truly my 
disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings" (John 8:31). The idea is 
that our lives are fully formed by Jesus' word. Jesus described how 
the Son is in the Father and the Father is in the Son (John 
14:10-11). Likewise, when we remain in Christ, the Son is in us, and we are 
in the Father and the Son (John 17:21). Both the Father and the Son 
come and make their home within us. This mutual indwelling is 
precisely what it means to remain in Christ. We cannot gain the permanence 
of our relationship by our own effort. This relationship is only 
made permanent by the gracious initiative of God indwelling our lives 
through his Spirit. This means commitment on the part of both God and 
us. God's dwelling in us and our dwelling in God is not a fleeting 
or temporary commitment but an enduring, permanent, and eternal 
relationship (see 1 John 2:14, 17).  [One Year NLT SB] 

   This verse presents an important theme in this passage: 
Believers are to abide or remain in Jesus, the Vine. The Greek word for 
"abide" is spoken as a command. It also has an ongoing emphasis; that 
is, the command to "abide" is not fulfilled in a single act. 
Abiding, for the disciples and for all believers today, means to make a 
constant, moment-by-moment decision to follow Christ. And we must not be 
passive -- believers don't just sit and "abide" until they die. Instead, 
we must be active -- we have a lot to do. 
   Abiding in Christ means:
      *	believing that he is God's Son (1 John 4:15)
      *	receiving him as Savior and Lord (John 1:12)
      *	doing what God says (1 John 3:24)
      *	continuing to believe the gospel (1 John 2:24)
      *	relating in love to the community of believers, Christ's 
body (John 15:12) 
      Each of these activities begins at some point, but the 
long-term (branch-to-vine) practice is "abiding." [Life Application 
Commentary Series] 

A union with Christ by living faith is enduring; every other 
union must perish. Christ first chose us, paying an infinite price for 
our redemption; and the true believer chooses Christ as first, and 
last, and best in everything. But this union costs us something. It is 
a relation of utter dependence to be entered into by a proud 
being. All who form this union must feel their need of the atoning 
blood of Christ. They must have a change of heart. They must submit 
their own will to the will of God. There will be a struggle with 
outward and internal obstacles. There must be a painful work of 
detachment, as well as a work of attachment. Pride, selfishness, vanity, 
worldliness--sin in all its forms--must be overcome, if we would enter into a 
union with Christ. The reason why many find the Christian life so 
deplorably hard, why they are so fickle, so variable, is, they try to 
attach themselves to Christ without detaching themselves from these 
cherished idols. 5BC1143 


   When I was a new Christian, my pastor encouraged me to 
memorize portions of Scripture. This seemed like an impossible task. The 
Bible as a whole can be intimidating, and I wasn't sure where to 
start. I had been told to open to the New Testament, and I had also 
been told that the Gospel of John is a good place for beginners. 
   In chapter 15, the last few words of one particular verse 
stood out. It wasn't that they were lofty or spiritual, but they were 
sur-prising. They made a claim that I needed to weigh. Speaking to his 
disciples at the Last Supper, Jesus said, "Apart from me you can do 
nothing." Nothing? I can do nothing without him? I didn't understand. 
Millions of people on the planet were doing things every day, and yet 
they had no awareness of or connection to Jesus. I needed to know why 
Jesus would make a claim like that. So I chose to memorize John 15:5. 
   I read it every day until one day I finally got it, and I 
cried deep, soul-satisfying tears. It's true: I can do nothing without 
you, Jesus. Everything I have ever done before I knew you and 
everything I try to do without you add up to nothing. The only things that 
have meaning are done with you and in your name and for you. 
   I have been saved fifteen years now, and this verse is still 
my favorite. I come back to it time and again to keep myself in him 
and to remember that I am nothing without him. 
   Oline Stehr is a homemaker, a wife, and the mother of three. 
[The One Year Bible Live Verse Devotional] 

   Jesus gave a clear picture of what our relationship to Him 
ought to be like. He is the vine, the source of our life. We are the 
branches, the place where fruit is produced. As we receive life from 
Christ, the natural, inevitable result is that fruit is produced in our 
   In our zeal to produce "results" for our Lord, we sometimes 
become so intent on fruit production that we neglect abiding in Christ. 
We may feel that "abiding" is not as productive or that it takes 
too much time away from our fruit production. Yet Jesus said that it 
is not our activity that produces fruit, it is our relationship 
with Him. 
   Jesus gave an important warning to His disciples. He 
cautioned that if they ever attempted to live their Christian life apart 
from an intimate relationship with Him, they would discover that they 
ceased to produce any significant results. They might exert great 
effort for the kingdom of God, yet when they stopped to account for 
their lives, they would find only barrenness. One of the most dramatic 
acts Jesus ever performed was cursing a fig tree that had failed to 
produce fruit (Mk 11:14). Are you comfortable in abiding, or are you 
impatient to be engaged in activity? If you will remain steadfastly in 
fellowship with Jesus, a great harvest will be the natural by-product. 
[Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry and Richard Blackaby] 

   The Presence is everything in the Christian life. Maybe that 
seems like an overstatement. Surely obedience is important, along with 
bearing fruit, being loving and compassionate, praying, growing in 
faith, overcoming obstacles, dealing with relationship issues, and so 
much more. That's why so many books are published and so many sermons 
preached about these things. Christian living is a vast array of 
disciplines, attitudes, and activities, and we have to know how to approach 
them. Right?  
   But think about it. What happens to your attitude when you 
have a palpable sense of God's Presence around you? How fruitful does 
your prayer life become? How strong does your faith grow? What 
obstacle seems large when you're aware that God is in the room? How hard 
is it to obey when He is present to empower you? How hard do you 
have to try to bear fruit if He is spilling out from within you? What 
relationship issues remain unyielding when His power overwhelms? The truth is 
that His Presence working within us is the key to everything, and 
without Him we can do nothing.  
   That's why cultivating both an awareness and an ongoing 
experience of His Presence is vital. When God shows up, miracles happen. 
Life comes out of death, beauty comes out of ashes, dancing takes the 
place of mourning, futility gives way to fruitfulness, confusion is 
replaced by order, and obstacles bow to His will. Even the hard side of 
His Presence - the convicting and correcting truth we don't want to 
hear - eventually gives life. When God is at work in and around us, 
everything changes.  
   Zealously, relentlessly, passionately pursue God's Presence. 
Every endeavor in the Christian life is futile without that. But with 
it, everything is possible.  
   Jesus, I need You - Your Spirit, Your life - in me and around 
me. I'm not content just to know about You or to believe the right 
things. I want to experience Your Presence. I know You want that too. 
Please, Lord, let me sense You always. [The One Year Experiencing God's 
Presence Devotional by Chris Tiegreen] 


   Let Me prepare you for the day that stretches out before you. 
I know exactly what this day will contain, whereas you have only 
vague ideas about it. You would like to see a map showing all the 
twists and turns of your Journey. You'd feel more prepared if you could 
somehow visualize what is on the road ahead. However, there is a better 
way to be prepared for whatever you will encounter today: Spend 
quality time with Me. 
   I will not show you what is on the road ahead, but I will 
thoroughly equip you for the journey. My living Presence is your Companion 
each step of the way. Stay in continual communication with Me, 
whispering My Name whenever you need to redirect your thoughts. Thus, you 
can walk through this day with your focus on Me. My abiding Presence 
is the best road map available. (Exo. 33:14; John 15:4-7) [Jesus 
Calling by Sarah Young] 

   I am preparing you for what is on the road ahead, just around 
the bend. Take time to be still in My Presence so that I can 
strengthen you. The busier you become, the more you need this time apart 
with Me. So many people think that time spent with Me is a luxury 
they cannot afford. As a result, they live and work in their own 
strength ~ until that becomes depleted. Then they either cry out to Me 
for help or turn away in bitterness. 
   How much better it is to walk close to Me, depending on My 
strength and trusting Me in every situation. If you live in this way, you 
will do less but accomplish far more. Your unhurried pace of living 
will stand out in this rush-crazed age. Some people may deem you 
lazy, but many more will be blessed by your peacefulness. Walk in the 
Light with Me, and you will reflect Me to the watching world. (Isa. 
64:4; John 15:5; Psa. 36:9) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

Do everything in dependence on Me. The desire to act 
independently - apart from Me springs from the root of pride. Self-sufficiency 
is subtle, insinuating its way into your thoughts and actions 
without your realizing it. But apart from Me, you can do nothing: that 
is, nothing of eternal value. My deepest desire for you is that you 
learn to depend on Me in every situation. I move heaven and earth to 
accomplish this purpose, but you must collaborate with Me in this training. 
Teaching you would be simple if I negated your free will or overwhelmed 
you with My Power. However, I love you too much to withdraw the 
godlike privilege I bestowed on you as My image-bearer. Use your freedom 
wisely by relying on Me constantly. Thus you enjoy My Presence and My 
Peace. (John 15:5; Ephesians 6:10; Genesis 1: 26-27) [Jesus Calling by 
Sarah Young] 

   I empower you - infusing inner strength into you so that you 
are ready for anything and equal to anything. It's essential to 
remember that this inner strength comes through Me, through your 
connection with Me. It comes to you as you need it - as you take trusting 
steps of dependence, moving forward with your eyes on Me. This promise 
is a powerful antidote to fear - especially your fear of being 
overwhelmed by circumstances you see looming ahead. They may look daunting, 
but in Me you are indeed ready for anything and equal to anything.  
   Of course, you're not currently ready for every imaginable 
situation. I carefully control what happens in your life. I am constantly 
protecting you from both known and unknown dangers. And I provide strength, 
just when you need it, for everything I allow to touch your life. 
Many of the future things you anxiously anticipate will not actually 
reach you. My promise is for things you face in the present, and it is 
sufficient. So when you are feeling the strain of an uphill journey, tell 
yourself the truth: I have strength for all things through Christ who 
empowers me!" (Phi. 4:13; John 15:4; Psa. 28:7) [Jesus Today by Sarah 

   When I give you no special guidance, stay where you are. 
Concentrate on doing your everyday tasks in awareness of My Presence with 
you. The Joy of My Presence will shine on you, as you do everything 
for Me. Thus you invite Me into every aspect of your life. Through 
collaborating with Me in all things, you allow My Life to merge with yours. 
This is the secret not only of joyful living but also of victorious 
living. I designed you to depend on Me moment by moment, recognizing 
that apart from Me you can do nothing.   
   Be thankful for quiet days, when nothing special seems to be 
happening. Instead of being bored by the lack of action, use times of 
routine to seek My Face. Although this is an invisible transaction, it 
speaks volumes in spiritual realms. Moreover, you are richly blessed 
when you walk trustingly with Me through the routines of your day.  
(Col. 3:23; John 15:5; Psalm 105:4) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   Come to Me when you are hurting, and I will soothe your pain. 
Come to Me when you are joyful, and I will share your Joy, 
multiplying it many times over. I am All you need, just when you need it. 
Your deepest desires find fulfillment in Me alone.  
   This is the age of self-help. Bookstores abound with books 
about "taking care of number one," making oneself the center of all 
things. The main goal of these methodologies is to become 
self-sufficient and confident. You, however, have been called to take a "road 
less traveled": continual dependence on Me. True confidence comes 
from knowing you are complete in My Presence. Everything you need has 
its counterpart in Me. (John 15:5; James 1:4) [Jesus Calling by 
Sarah Young] 

   You can find joy in the midst of brokenness. One of the 
hardest times to be joyful is when you're dealing with multiple problems 
- seeking solutions but finding none - and then several new 
difficulties beset you. If you focus too much on finding solutions, you will 
sink under the weight of your problems. So it's vital to remember 
that I am present with you in adversity. I am at work in your 
situation, and My matchless wisdom enables Me to bring good out of evil - 
ultimately outsmarting evil with good!  
   The way to find Joy in adversity is to encounter Me. You can 
pray, "Jesus, help me find You in the midst of this mess!" As you 
unplug your emotions from all the problems and plug them into My 
Presence, good things start to happen. Your dark mood grows steadily 
lighter and brighter. Also, as you remain in Me - plugged in to My 
Presence - I enable you to see things from My perspective. You can be 
joyful in the midst of brokenness by staying connected to Me. (Jam. 
1:2, 3; Rom. 11:33; John 15:4) [Jesus Today by Sarah Young] 


The secret of true obedience is the clear and close personal 
relationship to God. All our attempts to full obedience will be failures 
until we get access to his abiding fellowship. It is God's holy 
presence consciously abiding with us that keeps us from disobeying Him. I 
must consciously include the Lord in every thought, activity, and 
conversation until the habit is established. Andrew Murray 

My dearest child, It breaks my heart to see the way you struggle 
and struggle in your own strength. So often you feel depleted. You 
push and fret and end up feeling burned out and alone. There is no 
need for you to go on like this. I long to give you inner strength. 
Draw on my resources and live as you were designed to live--as a 
branch attached to the vine of my eternal love. All that you require 
will flow from my abundance to your need. And when my life has filled 
your emptiness to overflowing, it will branch out into the lives of 
those around you. I am the vine; you are the branch. Come to me and 
live. Abundantly yours, God [Postcards from Heaven by Claire 


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