John 15:5 (ESV) I am the vine; you are the 
branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is 
that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can 
do nothing. 

John 15:5 (NLT) Yes, I am the vine; you are 
the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in 
them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me 
you can do nothing.  

John 15:5 (CEV) I am the vine, and you are 
the branches. If you stay joined to me, and I 
stay joined to you, then you will produce lots of 
fruit. But you cannot do anything without me. 

John 15:5 (MSG) I am the Vine, you are the 
branches. When you're joined with me and I with you, 
the relation intimate and organic, the harvest 
is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can't 
produce a thing.  


The 7th I AM Statement of Jesus; I AM the 

   Twenty-three times in all we find our 
Lord's meaningful "I AM" in the Greek text of this 
Gospel 4:26; 6:20, 35, 41, 48, 51; 8:12, 18, 24, 
28, 58; 10:7, 9, 11, 14; 11:25; 13:19; 14:6; 
15:1, 5; 18:5, 6, 8). In several of these, He 
joins His "I AM" with seven tremendous metaphors 
which are expressive of His saving relationship 
toward the world. 
   "I AM the Bread of life" (6:35, 41, 48, 
   "I AM the Light of the world" (8:12).
   "I AM the Door of the sheep" (10:7, 9).
   "I AM the Good Shepherd" (10:11, 14).
   "I AM the Resurrection and the Life" 
   "I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life" 
   "I AM the true Vine" (15:1, 5). 
[MacArthur Daily Bible 2003] 


Learning to Abide
   All too often as Christians, we 
substitute perspiration for inspiration. Were so 
busy doing Christian things that we forget about 
   Did you know thats possible? We can be 
going to our Bible studies and teaching over here 
and helping over there. And then suddenly one 
day we say, Im overwhelmed. Im feeling 
burned out. 
   Psalm 91 says, He who dwells in the 
secret place of the Most High shall abide under the 
shadow of the Almighty (verse 1 NKJV). The 
Hebrew word used here for dwells speaks of quiet, 
resting, and remaining with consistency. 
   It parallels the New Testament word that 
Jesus used in John 15, where He said, He who 
abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for 
without Me you can do nothing (verse 5 NKJV). The 
word abide means to stay in a given place. 
   So essentially God is saying, I 
dont merely want a relationship with you, I want 
fellowship with you. I want you to come close to Me. I 
want you to be near Me. I want you to remain 
consistently in My presence. 
   Yet many of us can be like Martha, who 
frantically worked to prepare something for the Lord 
while Mary sat at His feet, drinking in His every 
word. Martha became frustrated and demanded that 
the Lord tell Mary to help her. 
   But Jesus corrected her and said, 
Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about 
many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary 
has chosen that good part, which will not be 
taken away from her (Luke 10:41-42 NKJV). 
   Mary knew what was important. She knew 
there was a time for work and there was a time for 
   Yes, there is a time for work and 
serving. At the same time, the best work always will 
overflow from a life of worship. However, it can 
never take the place of it. 
   Are you dwelling in the secret place of 
the Most High? [Greg Laurie from Harvest 
Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 


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. 

   Apart from Him you have no life. You have 
no power to resist temptation or to grow in 
grace and holiness. Abiding in Him, you may 
   Many have an idea that they must do some 
part of the work alone. They have trusted in 
Christ for the forgiveness of sin, but now they 
seek by their own efforts to live aright. But 
every such effort must fail. Jesus says, "Without 
Me ye can do nothing." Our growth in grace, our 
joy, our usefulness,--all depend upon our union 
with Christ. It is by communion with Him, daily, 
hourly,--by abiding in Him, --that we are to grow in 
grace. He is not only the Author, but the Finisher 
of our faith. It is Christ first and last and 
always. He is to be with us, not only at the 
beginning and the end of our course, but at every step 
of the way.  
   Do you ask, "How am I to abide in 
Christ?" In the same way as you received Him at 
first. "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus 
the Lord, so walk ye in Him."  
   Consecrate yourself to God in the 
morning; make this your very first work. Let your 
prayer be, "Take me, O Lord, as wholly Thine. I lay 
all my plans at Thy feet. Use me today in Thy 
service. Abide with me, and let all my work be 
wrought in Thee." This is a daily matter. Each 
morning consecrate yourself to God for that day. 
Surrender all your plans to Him, to be carried out or 
given up as His providence shall indicate. Thus 
day by day you may be giving your life into the 
hands of God, and thus your life will be molded 
more and more after the life of Christ.  
   Let the mind dwell upon His love, upon 
the beauty, the perfection, of His character. 
Christ in His self-denial, Christ in His 
humiliation, Christ in His purity and holiness, Christ in 
His matchless love --this is the subject for the 
soul's contemplation. It is by loving Him, copying 
Him, depending wholly upon Him, that you are to 
be transformed into His likeness.  
   This rest is not found in inactivity; for 
in the Saviour's invitation the promise of rest 
is united with the call to labor: "Take My yoke 
upon you: . . . and ye shall find rest."  
   When the mind dwells upon self, it is 
turned away from Christ, the source of strength and 
life. Hence it is Satan's constant effort to keep 
the attention diverted from the Saviour and thus 
prevent the union and communion of the soul with 
Christ. The pleasures of the world, life's cares and 
perplexities and sorrows, the faults of others, or your 
own faults and imperfections--to any or all of 
these he will seek to divert the mind. Do not be 
misled by his devices. Talk and think of Jesus. 
Let self be lost in Him. SC68-72 

   Instead of choosing the graceful palm, 
the lofty cedar, or the strong oak, Jesus takes 
the vine with its clinging tendrils to represent 
Himself. The palm tree, the cedar, and the oak stand 
alone. They require no support. But the vine 
entwines about the trellis, and thus climbs 
heavenward. So Christ in His humanity was dependent upon 
divine power.  
   This union with Christ, once formed, must 
be maintained. The life you have received 
from Me can be preserved only by continual 
communion. Without Me you cannot overcome one sin, or 
resist one temptation.  
   "Abide in Me, and I in you." Abiding in 
Christ means a constant receiving of His Spirit, a 
life of unreserved surrender to His service. The 
channel of communication must be open continually 
between man and his God.  
   When we live by faith on the Son of God, 
the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our 
lives; not one will be missing.  
   While the graft is outwardly united with 
the vine, there may be no vital connection. Then 
there will be no growth or fruitfulness. So there 
may be an apparent connection with Christ 
without a real union with Him by faith. A profession 
of religion places men in the church, but the 
character and conduct show whether they are in 
connection with Christ. If they bear no fruit, they are 
false branches.  
   It is through the word that Christ abides 
in His followers. This is the same vital union 
that is represented by eating His flesh and 
drinking His blood. The words of Christ are spirit 
and life. Receiving them, you receive the life 
of the Vine. DA674-7 

There are those who profess to serve God, 
while they rely upon their own efforts to obey His 
law, to form a right character, and secure 
salvation. Their hearts are not moved by any deep sense 
of the love of Christ, but they seek to perform 
the duties of the Christian life as that which 
God requires of them in order to gain heaven. 
Such religion is worth nothing. When Christ 
dwells in the heart, the soul will be so filled 
with His love, with the joy of communion with 
Him, that it will cleave to Him; and in the 
contemplation of Him, self will be forgotten. Love to 
Christ will be the spring of action. SC44,45 

All true obedience comes from the heart. It 
was heart work with Christ. And if we consent, 
He will so identify Himself with our thoughts 
and aims, so blend our hearts and minds into 
conformity to His will, that when obeying Him we shall 
be but carrying out our own impulses. The will, 
refined and sanctified, will find its highest 
delight in doing His service. When we know God as it 
is our privilege to know Him, our life will be 
a life of continual obedience. Through an 
appreciation of the character of Christ, through 
communion with God, sin will become hateful to us.  As 
Christ lived the law in humanity, so we may do if 
we will take hold of the Strong for strength. 
{DA 668} 


Our first and highest duty is to know that 
we are abiding in Christ. He must do the work. 
We are to seek to know "What saith the Lord," 
yielding our lives to His guidance. When we have the 
Spirit of an abiding Christ, everything will take 
on a changed aspect. The Saviour alone can give 
us the rest and peace we so much need. And, in 
every invitation He gives us to seek the Lord that 
He may be found of us, He is calling us to 
abide in Him. This is an invitation, not merely to 
come to Him, but to remain in Him. It is the 
Spirit of God that moves us to come. When we have 
this rest and peace, our daily worries will not 
lead us to be coarse and rough and uncourteous. 
We shall no longer follow our own way and will. 
We will want to do the will of God, abiding in 
Christ as the branches in the vine.  {TDG 140.3}   


Enoch walked with God three hundred years 
previous to his translation to heaven, and the state 
of the world was not then more favorable for 
the perfection of Christian character than it is 
today. And how did Enoch walk with God? He educated 
his mind and heart to ever feel that he was in 
the presence of God, and when in perplexity his 
prayers would ascend to God to keep him. He refused 
to take any course that would offend His God. 
He kept the Lord continually before Him. He 
would pray, "Teach me Thy way, that I may not err. 
What is thy pleasure concerning me? What shall I 
do to honor Thee, my God?" Thus he was 
constantly shaping his way and course in accordance 
with God's commandments, and he had perfect 
confidence and trust in his heavenly Father, that He 
would help him. He had no thought or will of his 
own; it was all submerged in the will of his 
Father.  {1SAT 32.2} 


The life-giving power of the Holy Spirit, 
proceeding from the Saviour, pervades the soul, renews 
the motives and affections, and brings even the 
thoughts into obedience to the will of God, enabling 
the receiver to bear the precious fruit of holy 
deeds.  AA284 

If we are not continually drawing from 
Christ, we cannot live the life of Christ; we can do 
nothing worthy of his name.  RH09-27-92 


John 15:5 - The 7th I AM Statement of Jesus; 
I AM the Vine! 


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



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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