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Treasures From The Vine—The Living Lord!

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Religion is meant to be in everyday life a thing of unspeakable joy.

And why do so many complain that it is not so?  Because they do not

believe that there is no joy like the joy of abiding in Christ and in His love,

and being branches through whom He can pour out His love on a dying world.

-Andrew Murray, The True Vine

 

I am the true vine. – John 15:1

I am the true vine. – The Vine is the living Lord, who Himself speaks, and gives, and works all that He has for us.  If you would know the meaning and power of that word, do not think to find it by thought or study; these may help to show you what you must get from Him to awaken desire and hope and prayer, but they cannot show you the Vine.  Jesus alone can reveal Himself.  He gives His Holy Spirit to open the eyes to gaze upon Himself, to open the heart to receive Himself.  He must Himself speak the word to you and me.

I am the true vine. – And what are you to do, if you want the mystery, in all its heavenly beauty and blessing, opened up to you?  With what you already know of the parable, bow down and be still, worship and wait, until the divine Word enters your heart and you feel His holy presence with you and in you.  The overshadowing of His holy love will give you the perfect calm and rest of knowing that the Vine will do all.

I am the true vine. – He who speaks is God, in His infinite power able to enter into us.  He is man, one with us.  He is the crucified One, who won a perfect righteousness and a divine life for us through His death.  He is the glorified One, who from the throne gives His Spirit to make His presence real and true.  He speaks – oh, listen, not to His words only, but to Himself, as He whispers secretly day by day:  “I am the true Vine!  All that the Vine can ever be to its branch, I will be to you.”

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Holy Lord Jesus, the heavenly Vine of God’s own planting, I beseech You, reveal Yourself to my soul.  Let the Holy Spirit, not only in thought, but in experience, give me to know all that You, the Son of God, are to me as the true Vine.

 

Treasures From The Vine—Abide In Jesus Alone!

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Religion is meant to be in everyday life a thing of unspeakable joy.  And why do so many complain that it is not so?  Because they do not believe that there is no joy like the joy of abiding in Christ and in His love, and being branches through whom He can pour out His love on a dying world.

Andrew Murray, The True Vine

 

Many believers pray and long very earnestly for the filling of the Spirit and the indwelling of Christ, and they wonder that they do not make more progress.  The reason is often this: the “I in you” cannot come because the “abide in me” is not maintained.  “There is one body, and one Spirit” (Ephesians 4:4); before the Spirit can fill, there must be a body prepared.  The graft must have grown into the stem and be abiding in it before the sap can flow through to bring forth fruit.  It is as we follow Christ in lowly obedience, even in external things, denying ourselves, forsaking the world, and even in the body seeking to be conformable to Him, as we thus seek to abide in Him, that we shall be able to receive and enjoy the “I in you.”  The work enjoined on us:  “Abide in me,” will prepare us for the work undertaken by Him: “I in you.”

In.—The two parts of the injunction have their unity in that central deep-meaning word in.  There is no deeper word in Scripture.  God is in all.  God dwells in Christ.  Christ lives in God.  We are in Christ.  Christ is in us: our life taken up into His; His life received into ours; in a divine reality that words cannot express, we are in Him and He in us.  And the words, “Abide in me, and I in you,” tell us to believe in this divine mystery, and to count upon our God the Husbandman, and Christ the Vine, to make it divinely true.  No thinking or teaching or praying can grasp it; it is a divine mystery of love.  As little as we can affect the union can we understand it.  Let us just look upon this infinite, divine, omnipotent Vine loving us, holding us, working in us.  Let us in the faith of His working abide and rest in Him, ever turning heart and hope to Him alone.  And let us count upon Him to fulfill in us the mystery: “You in me, and I in you” (John 14:20).

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Blessed Lord, You bid me abide in You.  How can I, Lord, unless You show Yourself to me, waiting to receive and welcome and keep me?  I pray You will show me how You as Vine undertake to do all.  To be occupied with You is to abide in You.  Here I am, Lord, a branch, cleansed and abiding – resting in You, and awaiting the inflow of Your life and grace.