WHEN JESUS SAYS, “I am the True Vine” he is indicating that the same authority and power of God given to Israel lives in him; but then he declares, “I Am.” He is not just a son of Israel; he is the Son of God, connected to the true, or real, source of Israel’s strength.
We stay connected to God’s power by staying connected to Christ. The way to do this is to abide. That word appears ten times in John 15. Abiding in Christ is the key to experiencing spiritual power. How do we abide in Christ? Jesus offers a vivid image—be a branch!
The God We Can Know: Exploring the “I Am” Sayings of Jesus
From page 74 of The God We Can Know: Exploring the “I Am” Sayings of Jesus by Rob Fuquay. Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
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“Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.”
—John 15:4, NRSV
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Lord, open my eyes, my heart, and my mind so that I may know who you are.
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