I am the Vine, He declared, and My Father is the Vinedresser.
In the Old Testament, it was Israel, who was called the vine
They were to be a people who cultivated righteousness and justice
He came to produce the fruit of righteousness that God required and after His brief sojourn on earth, God chose to use the Church, which would be born at Pentecost, to be His mouthpiece to a lost and dying world.
Originally, Israel had been called to be God’s witnesses on earth, but due to their unbelief and apostasy, Israel was set aside for a season, and the body of Christ, which is the Church.. was called to produce the fruit of righteousness.
They were to become His witnesses, to those that were lost and dead in sin.
Jesus then detailed the expectations He had from His followers, whom He describes as branches on the Vine.
We are one with Him, and are privileged to share His life in us and we are further privileged to be fully identified with Him, in His humanity.
Forgiveness of sin and life everlasting is ours, because of our faith in His sacrifice on the cross.
But once we are saved, we also
have a responsibility to obey His commands to abide in Him
To walk in spirit and truth
To die to self and to live our lives as a offering to the Lord – a living sacrifice, which is holy and acceptable unto God.
When we are born again our hearts are sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies are washed with the pure water of the Word.
It is by grace through faith in Christ that we are cleansed
It is by believing the Word of God that we are washed
Having been credited with His righteousness by faith (justification) we are also to live by faith (sanctification).. for we read that the righteous shall live by faith, as well as being saved through faith – and it is all by God’s grace.
They were originally washed clean of their sins when they initially trusted Christ for their justification and confessed: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God, which was first declared through Peter
Day by day they were to grow in grace and be changed from one state of glory to the next state of glory, by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit – and Christ explained that this is achieved as we abide in Him and He in us.
However, throughout our earthly life we are to continue to be washed day by day, by the purifying effect of the Word of God.
So that we may mature in the faith, grow in grace and stand firm on the truth of the gospel of Christ.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Christ Jesus the true and living Vine.
Thank You that You have called me to be a branch on that Vine.
Thank You that by grace through faith in Him, I have heard the gospel of grace and have been saved by the cleansing power of You Word.
I pray that I may live and work to Your praise and glory and be daily cleansed as I abide in You and You in me, to Your praise and glory, AMEN