CONFESSIONS of a SAINT~
IN HIMS – who I am and what I have IN CHRIST JESUS
In Him is Our Life
“Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. No branch bears fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me. I am the Vine; ye are the branches. If a man remains in Me, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:4-6.
Once as I was studying these verses I sensed Jesus was about. I looked up from my Bible; there He was standing right in front of me. I sat there quietly watching Him. To my astonishment, He turned into a large Vine. He was a beautiful vine; a picture of health, vitality; life. There were many branches, and each one was abundantly laden with massive, mouth-watering grapes. The weight of this fruit should have caused the branches to break from the weight, but did not. The life of this vine was pouring into the branches, giving them life. I was one of these branches. I was the top one on the right side. His life, zoe, eternal life, the lifeforce of God Himself, was being poured into me. I was aware that as long as I remained in Him I would receive this life which brings me ability, power, might, strength. I realised that if I stopped dwelling in Him, I would shrivel up and die, like a branch that is removed from any vine, or any other plant. To take a branch off a plant is to kill the branch. He was to show me this illustration twice more in the coming days.
Jesus tells us here that we must remain in Him in order to bear fruit in anything at all. Why? Because we cannot do anything without Him, we are powerless aside from Him. He is our life. He is our ability. He is our strength. In Him is healing, prosperity, wholeness, joy and peace.
How do we remain in Him? To remain in Jesus, and receive all He has for us, we remain in the Word as we are told in verse 7,
“If you remain in Me and MY WORDS remain in you…you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples.”
…For without ME you can do nothing…For without Me you can do nothing…for without Me you can do nothing.
In complete contrast to the illustration of the vine He showed me where I was a branch and bearing abundant fruit, I was given a dream. In the dream, I had stopped studying and meditating upon the Word. I had once more become the vain and shallow person I used to be, the one who loved and served only Self, dependant on the praise of men, not God. I had lost the light I had before, the light I now possess. The skin on my face was beginning to crack, I was wilting like a unwatered flower, as the healing power that is mine in Christ Jesus was leaving me. I dreamt I knew I would lose everything if I did not get back into the Word. I saw myself reach for the Bible, then stop. I would do it, I reasoned, but not right that moment. Like Scarlet O’hara, I’d do it tomorrow.
That dream really shook me up. Its meaning was clear. Tomorrow would never come for the me in the dream, and she would die, she was dying, as she made the wrong choice—she had refused to remain in Him, in His Word. I thanked the Lord for giving me this dream, and I assured Him it had had the impact He had meant it to have. I would, I will, remain in the Word.
For without Me, you can do nothing…Without Him we are nothing. Without Him we have nothing.
…remain in Me…remain in My WORD, and you bear MUCH fruit…Remain In Me…remain in My Word, and you bear much fruit. Remain in Him and I bear MUCH fruit. MUCH fruit, not some a little, but abundance of fruit.
To me His words mean this: exactly what He says. Without Him, I can do nothing at all, or what I do will be fruitless, or come to nothing. Just like trying to love others with human, worldly, natural love. When we try to love with human love on our own efforts, we fail, as Paul points out in the first four verses of 1 Corinthians 13. Everything we do to try and demonstrate our love is empty and pointless, for our love is empty and pointless. Any gift of Spirit we try to exercise does not amount to a hill of beans. But in Him, our study in His precious Word bears fruit, for His words are spirit and His words are life.
In fact, His life IS my life now, yours, too if you are born again. For when you and I are born again, the old you and me dies. We are DEAD, now. The old life is dead, meaning the one that leads us into sin and eventual eternal death is dead. We are new creations IN CHRIST JESUS.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old(life) has gone, the new(life) has come.”
In Him I have:
the spirit of revelation in the knowledge of Him(and of being in Him)(Ephesians 1: 17)
I grow spiritually by leaps and bounds, healthy and strong. I stay vital, alive, and energetic. (Col. 3:16; John 1:4)
I get what I ask for. (John 15:8)
In Him I have His life, not my own old worthless, unrighteous life filled with only mundane tasks, the emptiness of acquiring things and of chasing happiness which as a rainbow in the sky is ours for a brief rapturous moment, then gone; fulfilling the lusts of our eyes, but never satisfied.
When we dwell In Him, in His Word, we have His life, zoe life, the lifeforce of God. In Him we are fruitful. In Him we are alive. In Him is our life.
“Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly…”Col 3:16
We dwell in His Word, and allow His Word to dwell in us, so that we are IN HIM, and He is IN us. We two are one, as the Word tells us we are. He IS our life. We become one with our life-giver. We become one with God. This may sound shocking to some but it’s true, as many verses of scripture prove. This is amazing. How can we want for anything when we are one in Christ Jesus? He, our life, provides for all our needs, each and every one, according to His riches in glory, all we need to do is reach for one of His exceeding precious promises, and remind Him of it, every time we experience need, then in faith we thank Him for supplying this need.
And as He instructs, for our good, because He loves us, and IS our life, we put His Word above all else in our life. Put it ahead of your own needs. Put it ahead of others’ needs. For without His Word you can do nothing. Feed yourself first, with the Word, and you can feed others. Serve Him first, and He will enable you to serve others.
Bearing fruit is never instant. We don’t see a grape vine produce grapes overnight—not like the Jack in the beanstalks magic beans. The vine has to be tended to tenderly, and watered, and sheltered from extreme cold. But we know by faith that as we care for a vine, it will produce fruit, and the better we care for it, the more fruit it produces. The same thing is true of us. When we apply ourselves to the study and meditation of God’s Word, as we nurture it within, this living Source of life within us, we also bear MUCH fruit. For without His Word, we can do nothing, but In Him is LIFE.
“For in Him we live, and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28.
Zoe life is: Absolute fullness of life, all needs met, complete and whole, real and genuine, a life active and vigorous, devoted to God, blessed by God; the lifeforce of God, in this world, and in the life to come, al life beginning now and continuing forever because of Him, and IN HIM.