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I am a friend of Jesus

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The Vine and the Branches

John 15:1-14

 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command.

What a wise and a widely celebrated analogy from Christ: the vine and the branches. He is the “I Am”. Jesus uses this metaphor to explain how our spiritual life, as born-again believers, is drawn from His life. God’s plan for our lives is to progress from barrenness to fruitfulness, to spiritual abundance. Also very important here is that Jesus also repeats His command for believers to love each other. What a joy to know that if we keep this command, we are friends of Jesus! Wow!

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Jesus refers to abiding in Him, referring to those who are truly connected to the True Vine, and who bear Spiritual fruit as a result (John 15:1–6).

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At the same time, Jesus refers to those in whom His words abide.That is the same deeply rooted, intimate, life-giving relationship as between the vine and branches. We need the same dependency and closeness with Jesus. He clearly connects fulfilled prayer to the will of God the Father. When a person’s prayer is wholly, entirely aligned with the Word and the will of God, that person is legitimately praying in the name of Christ.

What we must remember is this analogy is not a license for believers to treat God like a magic genie or a vending machine, expecting Him to give you everything you desire. No! Bearing Spiritual fruit only comes when we abide in the power of Christ, and answered prayer only happens when what we pray for is part of God’s will.

I am a friend of Jesus. Are you?

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Posted by Stephen Baragwanath in The Gospel of John, 0 comments

Looking for Truth

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John 1 reveals to us that Jesus Christ came to earth as the living word of God, as the light of the world, that creation could not have happened without Him and we should all make way for Him into our lives – that’sthe truth.  Chapter 2, reveals to us Jesus’ authority when He performs His first miracle of turning water into wine, throwing over the tables of the merchants in front His Father house and predicting His death for the first time.

The 3rd chapter is one of the most important in the entire Gospel. Many crucial ideas are explained in this passage, including the role of Jesus as our Saviour. After the loud, public commotion at the temple, John transitions to a quiet, night-time discussion. This passage of scripture make it clear that Christ—and Christ alone—is the means of salvation for the entire world. This scripture tell us that those who reject Jesus are rejecting God.

John 3 – Watch the vlog here: Looking for Truth

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John 3:1-21

Jesus Teaches Nicodemus

Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

“How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.

10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

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Posted by Stephen Baragwanath in The Gospel of John, 3 comments